Andy first came to prominence in the 1960s with chart topping blue eyed soul band Amen Corner before developing a solo career in the 1970s and achieving a worldwide smash with ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’. Since then he has toured extensively as a member of some of the hottest acts in rock’s bands, including the late George Harrison (Beatles), Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and most recently with Eric Clapton.
Now Andy has returned to his roots and goes out with his own band once more and will be coming to Tenby in November as part of his European ‘Zone-o-Tone’ tour.
Supporting him will be the Mark Pontin Group, nominees in two categories at the 2014 British Blues Awards, and festival president Pat Grover’s band, The Hawks.
Friday’s opening concert in the De Valence venue will feature Blues Boy Dan Owen, who is being mentored by none other than Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood, plus J Alexander and the Blues Devils (formed from arguably Wales’ greatest ever R’n’B band Snatch It Back), and headliners blues rock trio Virgil and the Accelerators, who are one of the up and coming acts on the Blues circuit - Virgil won the ‘Best Guitarist’ category in the 2013 European Blues Awards.
A new addition to the festival this year is the Friends of the Festival gig early on Friday night, to be held at the Fourcroft Hotel, which will feature Adam Franklin who plays old time blues on guitar and ukulele and has been described as a ‘cross between Robert Johnson and Joe Strummer’.
All the popular events remain, including the Rugby Club gigs (appearing there on the Saturday night will be the winner of the UK Blues Awards ‘Young Artist of the Year’ 2013, the amazing Lucy Zirins), the Late Night Sessions, and of course the famous Blues Trail – a non-stop series of FREE gigs in the cafés, clubs, and bars of Tenby from noon until late on both the Saturday and Sunday, with around 20 bands, duos and solo acts playing the full gamut of the blues, and a bit of jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll thrown in for good measure.
Tickets, priced from £5 to £40 (for a weekend ticket), are on sale via the website
Tenby Blues Festival would not happen without the sponsorship of Pembrokeshire County Council, FBM Holidays, SPAN Arts, and Tenby Ales.
Find out more: Journalist Nick Harding has become a regular of the festival, visiting 3 times in the last four years. Discover why he thinks 'you're in for a real musical treat'!