ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW and THE LOW RIDERS
AUTUMN 2014 UK TOUR and CD
How Andy Fairweather Low has stayed under the mainstream radar for so long is a mystery.
One of the most respected guitarists in the business, he’s had group hits as the front man of Amen Corner and solo hits – If Paradise Is) Half As Nice, Wide Eyed And Legless, Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Susie, Reggae Tune, Natural Sinner, Gin House Blues to name but a few.
He’s toured with Eric Clapton for 19 years and Roger Waters and Bill Wyman for even more, he’s in demand with the very best.
His CV speaks for itself…
Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, The Faces, Kate Bush, Tom Jones, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, , The Rhythm Kings, Willi & The Poor Boys, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Stevie Nix, Pete Townshend…
He’s played with them all, and hundreds more (to say he’s good is an understatement). And if that company wasn’t enough, Andy now tours with his own stellar band, The Low Riders.
Following gigs in Germany and Japan, this Autumn Andy’s out on the road again with The Low Riders on a major UK tour. His latest album ‘Zone-O-Tone’ is being relaunched alongside it (out on Proper Records, PRPCD1101).
For a cracking night out and musicianship that truly delivers look no further – this is as good as it gets.
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW and THE LOW RIDERS
AUTUMN 2014 UK TOUR and CD
|September||Thursday||18th||Ilminster||Square & Compass||01823 480467|
|Friday||19th||St Ives||St Ives Festival||0845 094 0428|
|Saturday||27th||Southend||The Riga||01702 348020|
|Thursday||2nd||Leeds||The Brudenell||0113 275 2411|
|Friday||3rd||Derbyshire||Hayfield Festival||01663 742721|
|Saturday||4th||Wavendon||The Stables||01908 280800|
|Sunday||5th||Bilston||The Robin||01902 405511|
|Thursday||9th||Edmonton||Millfield Theatre||0208 807 6680|
|Friday||10th||Selby||The Town Hall||01757 708449|
|Tuesday||14th||Runcorn||The Brindley||0151 907 8360|
|Wednesday||15th||Durham||The Gala Theatre||0191 332 4041|
|Friday||17th||Kinross||Backstage at the Green Hotel||01577 863467|
|Saturday||18th||Biggar||Biggar Festival||07837 026007|
|Sunday||19th||Glasgow||The Ferry||01698 360085|
|Tuesday||21st||Gateshead||The Sage||0191 443 4666|
|Sunday||26th||Budleigh Salterton||Public Halls||01395 443419|
|Tuesday||28th||London||Bluesfest Royal Albert Hall||0844 844 0444|
|Wednesday||29th||London||Bluesfest Royal Albert Hall||0844 844 0444|
|Thursday||30th||Cardiff||The New Theatre||0292 087 8889|
|Friday||31st||Carmarthen||The Lyric Theatre||0845 226 3510|
|Thursday||6th||Bromsgrove||The Artrix||01527 572739|
|Saturday||7th||Wimborne||The Tivoli Theatre||01202 885556|
|Sunday||8th||Eastney||The Cellars||02392 826249|
|Sunday||15th||Tenby||Tenby Blues Festival||07074 102121|
|Thursday||20th||Harlow||The Playhouse Theatre||01279 431945|
|Friday||21st||New Brighton||Gt British Guitar Festival||0151 666 0000|
|Saturday||22nd||Darwen||The Library Theatre||01254 706006|
|Sunday||23rd||Buxton||Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre||01298 23114|
|Thursday||27th||Stamford||Corn Exchange||01780 766455|
|Friday||28th||Abergavenny||Borough Theatre||01873 850805|
|Sunday||29th||Haverhill||Arts Centre||01440 714140|
|Monday||30th||Haywards Heath||Clair Hall||01444 455440|
All tickets priced £18–£22
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW
SPECIAL GUEST TO DENNIS LOCORRIERE THIS SPRING
Andy Fairweather Low goes out this Spring on a very special tour.
As Special Guest to Dennis Locorriere he plays 36 dates across the UK together with his band The Low Riders. The two artists make an inspired pairing and these are going to be shows that really must not be missed.
See Dennis Locorriere’s section in Current promotions for further information.
|16th||High Wycombe||Swan Theatre||01494 512 000|
|18th||Northampton||Royal and Derngate||01604 624 811|
|19th||Bradford||St Georges Hall||01274 432 000|
|20th||Liverpool||Philharmonic Hall||0151 709 3789|
|22nd||Aberdeen||Music Hall||01224 641 122|
|23rd||Edinburgh||Playhouse Theatre||0844 847 1660|
|24th||Glasgow||Royal Concert Hall||0141 353 8000|
|25th||Dundee||Caird Hall||01382 434 940|
|28th||York||Grand Opera House||0844 847 2322|
|2nd||Grimsby||Grimsby Auditorium||0844 8472380|
|4th||Barnstaple||Queen’s Theatre||01271 324 242|
|6th||St Albans||Alban Arena||01727 844 488|
|7th||Skegness||The Embassy||0845 674 0505|
|9th||Southend||Cliffs Pavilion||01702 351 135|
|10th||Bournmouth||Pavilion Theatre||0844 576 3000|
|13th||Eastbourne||Congress Theatre||01323 412 000|
|14th||Southsea||Kings Theatre||02392 828282|
|15th||Folkestone||Leas Cliff Hall||0844 847 1776|
|17th||Tunbridge Wells||Assembly Hall Theatre||01892 530 613|
|19th||Gateshead||The Sage||0191 443 4661|
|20th||Croydon||Fairfield Halls||020 8688 9291|
|22nd||Salford||The Lowry||0843 208 6010|
|24th||Basingstoke||The Anvil||01256 844244|
|25th||Salisbury||City Hall||01722 434 434|
|26th||Nottingham||Royal Concert Hall||0115 989 5555|
|27th||Oxford||New Theatre||0844 847 1585|
|28th||Weston Super Mare||Playhouse Theatre||01934 645 544|
|30th||Buxton||Opera House||08451 272 190|
|31st||Dartford||The Orchard||01322 220 000|
|2nd||Norwich||Theatre Royal||01603 630 000|
|3rd||Worthing||Pavilion Theatre||01903 206 206|
|4th||London||Cadogan Hall||020 7730 4500|
|6th||Torquay||Princess Theatre||0844 847 2315|
|7th||Truro||Hall for Cornwall||01872 262 466|
|8th||Cardiff||St David’s Hall||02920 878 444|
|9th||Birmingham||Symphony Hall||0121 780 3333|
THE VERY BEST OF ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW
THE LOW RIDER
Released: June 2nd 2008, Proper Records (PRPTV01)
Andy Fairweather Low has been something of a quiet man of rock. Chances are you’ll know his hits – Wide Eyed And Legless, Reggae Tune, Bend Me Shape Me, Hello Susie, (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice, Gin House Blues, Natural Sinner…. if not his name, but all that’s about to change.
From the early days in Amen Corner, his solo career and then years spent with Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Bill Wyman, not to mention playing with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix , The Who, George Harrison and BB King, Andy has not just been a stalwart but a shining light.
“The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider” quite rightly celebrates that fact. Released on Proper Records on June 2nd, it features 14 of his best known tracks and will be TV advertised.
The CD effortlessly mixes re-recorded versions of his biggest hits with some of the most in-demand live numbers that he plays on tour. And in Spring this year Andy takes to the road with his band The Low Riders on a major UK outing.
Kicking off on May 23rd and covering 35 dates including Glastonbury, Trowbridge, Cambridge Rock and Colne Blues Festivals, the Low Rider tour comes in direct support of the album.
Born in Cardiff, Andy originally came to fame as vocalist and leader of pop group Amen Corner which claimed an international No 1 with (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice. He then formed the band Fairweather and subsequently began his illustrious solo career. Hand in glove with his music came his tennis – Andy is also an International tennis pro.
Some of the musical highlights over the years have included:
Backing vocals on the Who’s 1978 “Who Are You” and subsequent playing on their ’82 “It’s Hard” album and with Pete Townshend on his Psychoderelict tour.
Touring since the early 90s as a mainstay of Eric Clapton’s band and playing on eight albums with Eric.
Performing with George Harrison and at the Tribute For George concert.
Working with Roger Waters since 1985, a long and rewarding relationship which recently saw Andy rejoining him for the Dark Side Of the Moon tour.
Playing in Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, a relationship that dates back to 1983 when they worked together on Ronnie Lane’s ARMS benefit concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & THE LOW RIDERS
Spring/Summer Tour 2008
|Date||Venue and Location||Box Office|
|Fri 23rd||The Riga Music Bar, Southend||07961 442331|
|Sat 24th||The Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone||01622 758611|
|Thu 29th||The Palace Theatre, Redditch||01527 65203|
|Fri 30th||Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne||01202 855566|
|Sat 31st||Barrelhouse Blues Club, Sturminster Newton||01258 475137|
|Thu 5th||High Barn, Gt Bardfield||01371 811291|
|Fri 6th||Millfield Theatre, Edmonton||020 8807 6680|
|Sat 7th||Stamford Guitar Festival||01870 763203|
|Thu 12th||Martletts Hall, Burgess Hill||01444 242888|
|Fri 13th||Huntingdon Hall, Worcester||01905 611714|
|Thu 19th||Library Theatre, Darwen||01254 706006|
|Fri 20th||The Ferry, Glasgow||0141 248 5376|
|Sun 22nd||Inn At Lathones,St Andrews||01334 840494|
|Mon 23rd||Inn At Lathones,St Andrews||01334 840494|
|Wed 25th||Darlington Arts Centre||01325 486555|
|Fri 27th||Haverhill Arts Centre||01440 714140|
|Sat 28th||Glastonbury Festival|
|Fri 4th||Theatr Brecheiniog, Brecon||01874 611622|
|Sat 5th||Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea||01639 763329|
|Sun 6th||Frome Festival , The C & G.||01373 445420|
|Fri 11th||Botley Hill Farmhouse||01959 577154|
|Sat 12th||The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft||01502 523444|
|Sun 13th||Bush Hall, London ticketweb.co.uk||08700 600100|
|Fri 18th||Southport Arts Centre||01704 540011|
|Sat 19th||Newbury Corn Exchange||01635 522733|
|Sun 20th||Cambridge Rock Festival||0845 299 0845|
|Fri 25th||The Stables Theatre, Wavendon||01908 280800|
|Sat 26th||Assembly Rooms,Tamworth||01827 709618|
|Sun 27th||Trowbridge Festival||01255 769132|
|Fri 1st||Walsall F.C.||0870 442 0111|
|Sun 24th||The Customs House, South Shields||0191 454 1234|
|Mon 25th||Colne Blues Festival||01282 661234|
|Wed 27th||The Limelight, Crewe||01270 251929|
|Thu 28th||The Robin 2, Bilston||01902 405511|
|Fri 29th||The Point, Cardiff||02920 230130|
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW – THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW …
1) Andy has the unique distinction of being “The Face of 1969”.
2) His first tour was with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, Eire Apparent & The Outer Limits.
3) Jimi Hendrix played twice with Andy’s band Amen Corner at the Speakeasy Club in London.
4) Played guitar on George Harrison’s tour of Japan – the first Solo tour there of any of the former Beatles and a massive event. (Later played as part of the band for the Concert For George at the Royal Albert Hall in 2002.
5) Was part of the ARMS tour in 1984 with Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and, when he was well enough, Ronnie Lane.
6) Spent 24 years playing with both Roger Waters & Bill Wyman’s bands.
7) Spent 13 years as a member of Eric Clapton’s band.
8) Andy took up tennis after seeing Jimmy Connors on TV in 1974, then went on to represent Wales in the over 45’s National tennis team
9) Has won two consecutive Pro Celeb Tennis tournaments at the Royal Albert Hall and was set for a third until the sponsors asked that he withdraw so that someone else could win it.
10) He once did a TV interview and talked about his car (a Shelby Cobra GT 500 thought at that time to be the only one in the UK) and the next day the Customs & Excise came round and impounded it as no import duty had been paid.
11) Andy sang on Hendrix’s recut of Stone Free at Electric Lady Studios in NY with Jimi at the controls as engineer & producer. (Andy was in NY to buy a new petrol cap for his Shelby Cobra GT 500 as you could not get them in Britain and the model in the US was about to be scrapped).
12) Harry Nilsson, Dr John & Allen Toussaint were once scheduled to produce an Andy Fairweather Low album but it never happened due to a variety of intervening problems they all had at the time – they were of course all very very drunk too…
13) Andy played in the George Best XI football team.
14) Also played in the Allan Lamb Cricket XI & Bunbury’s XI.
15) He once collected guns but gave it up when he discovered there was nowhere to fire them.
16) He sang on four tracks of the Who album Who Are You and played guitar on their Its Hard album.
17) Played guitar on albums by Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris as well as the Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou collaboration album.
18) He is delighted to have played guitar on B.B.King’s album Riding With The King!
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW – AND HIS CARS… (He loves ’em!)
1) Andy’s first car was a Marcos which had a TV and a record player installed – The amazing thing was that the record player worked perfectly.
2) His second was an 8 Litre Shelby Cobra GT 500 that he bought from Mike Jeffries ( Hendrix’s co-manager ). Andy was as proud as you could be of that car (rumoured at the time to be the only one in Britain) and soon after he bought it (for cash) from Jeffries he was interviewed on TV and he showed them the car and talked effusively about it. The very next day the people from Customs & Excise arrived and impounded the car – no import duty had been paid on it! He did eventually get it back…. Andy sang on Jimi Hendrix’s recut of Stone Free at Electric Lady Studios in NY with Jimi at the controls as engineer & producer – Andy was in NY to buy a new petrol cap for his Shelby as you could not get them in Britain and the model in the US was about to be scrapped.
3) His third car was a Jensen Interceptor which he had until he went broke and it had to go.
4) After this he had a Ford Consul.
5) When he could no longer afford that he borrowed his mother’s Hillman Imp which he crashed sideways into a wall. As this tore away the passenger seat he continued to drive it as a 3-seater for a while. This car was so light that he could push-start it himself on cold mornings.
6) When things improved he had a green BMW 3 Series which he wrote off with 300 miles on the clock.
7) He has now owned a BMW 5 series since 1991.
‘Sweet Soulful Music’ (2006) was his first solo album in 26 years but it was no simple comeback story – the intervening years were packed with people and projects virtually amounting to a stellar A to Z of Popular Music.
Not surprising then that “The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider” out on Proper Records in Spring 2008 should be such a catalogue of delight. It trawls right through his back catalogue from the hits of the late sixties right through to the present day resulting in a panoply of glorious sounds.
Andy has a magnificent CV. Throughout his momentous career, he has played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Pete Townshend and hundreds more.
Quite simply, Andy Fairweather Low has been – and continues to be – the guitarist and vocalist of choice for a phenomenal cast list of musical luminaries.
Cardiff-born Fairweather Low originally came to fame as vocalist and leader of the pop group Amen Corner. The band had four Top 30 hits – a sequence starting with ‘Gin House Blues’ in 1967 – on Decca’s subsidiary Deram label before leaving at the end of 1968 to join Andrew Loog Oldham’s pioneering indie, Immediate. Amen Corner were instantly rewarded with a UK number one, ‘(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice’ in early 1969 but, despite another Top Five hit with Roy Wood’s ‘Hello Suzie’, it seemed the band could not survive success.
By the following year Amen Corner had split, with Andy Fairweather Low escaping the teenybop grind by forming the simply named Fairweather, a band signed to RCA’s shiny new progressive label, Neon. Fairweather reached number six in the UK singles chart with ‘Natural Sinner’ during the summer of 1970.
It was to be, however, the band’s only hit. One album later and Fairweather came to an end. Andy Fairweather Low then became somewhat of a refugee from the music business, eventually emerging three years later as a solo artist with an album called ‘Spider Jiving’ on A&M.
The album was produced by Elliot Mazer – best known for his work with Neil Young – and featured some heavyweight backup support from the likes of the Memphis Horns and Nashville legend Charlie McCoy on harmonica. ‘Spider Jiving’ included the wah-wah driven ‘Reggae Tune’, a UK Top 10 hit in September 1974.
Andy Fairweather Low was on something of a roll. The following year, 1975, he released his second solo album, ‘La Booga Rooga’, which eventually emerged as his most successful record. Produced by the celebrated Glyn Johns – at that time fresh from working with The Eagles – ‘La Booga Rooga’ featured such stellar musicians as ex-Eagle Bernie Leadon (guitar), Dave Mattacks (drums), Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton (trumpet), Kenney Jones (drums), John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (keyboards), BJ Cole (steel guitar) and Georgie Fame (keyboards). Among the tracks was ‘Wide Eyed and Legless’, a Top 10 hit for Fairweather Low at the end of 1975.
Johns was also at the helm for ‘Be Bop ‘n’ Holla’, Fairweather Low’s 1976 album. It was followed, in 1980, by ‘Mega-Shebang’, recorded for Warner Brothers and destined to be Fairweather Low’s final solo album until 2006. In between ‘Be Bop ‘n’ Holla’ and ‘Mega-Shebang’, however, Fairweather Low sang backing vocals on The Who’s 1978 ‘Who Are You’ album – the start of a relationship which also saw him playing guitar on the band’s 1982 album, ‘It’s Hard’, and appearing with Pete Townshend on his 1993 ‘Psychoderelict’ tour.
That work with The Who set the direction for Fairweather Low’s next moves. He became the ultimate Guitarist to the Stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day.
Most notably, Fairweather Low has been a stalwart of Eric Clapton’s band since the early-Nineties, touring in Clapton’s bands right up until 2003 and recording the ‘Unplugged’, ‘From the Cradle’, ‘Pilgrim’, ‘Riding with the King’, ‘Reptile’, ‘One More Car One More Rider’, ‘Me & Mr. Johnson’ and ‘Back Home’ albums with him.
Fairweather Low was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his ‘Live in Japan’ album and, in 2002, playing several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, ‘The Concert for George’.
One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ ‘Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking’ tour of America in 1985. Since that time Fairweather Low has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – ‘Radio K.A.O.S’ in 1987 and ‘Amused to Death’ in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. Fairweather Low rejoined Waters for the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ tour this year.
Fairweather Low is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together at the Small Faces’ legendary bass player Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis – benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1983. It was a charity cause that Wyman revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Fairweather Low. Since that time Fairweather Low has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings in 2005 and the summer of 2006.
But perhaps it was inevitable that one day Fairweather Low would be tempted to return to the studio in his own right.
‘Sweet Soulful Music’ reunited Fairweather Low with producer Glyn Johns and October ‘07 saw Andy touring solo again in the UK with his own all star band containing Chris Stainton – keyboards, Dave Bronze – bass and Paul Beavis – drums. One of the shows was filmed and the resulting DVD is released in June 2008 closely following the TV advertised release of his new album “The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider”.
“The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low – The Low Rider” hits the shops on June 2nd and combines all the hits and more. An absolute gem, the title says it all. To coincide with its release Andy and his band, The Low Riders (featuring Dave Bronze ,Paul Beavis and keyboard player Richard Dunn), head out on a major UK tour which also encompasses Cambridge rock, Colne blues, Trowbridge and Glastonbury Festivals.