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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
Date Town Venue   Box Office
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
October
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
November
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.

Date Town Venue Box Office
February
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
March
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
April
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
MAY    
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
JUNE    
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   
JULY    
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
AUGUST    
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.


Biography

‘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.

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