andythornton.me.uk...... Music biog
5th Sep 1958 in Sherburn-
what's this got to do with it?
Blue Nile, James Taylor, Nitin Sawheny, Talvin Singh, Bruce Cockburn, Iain Archer, U2, Joan Armatrading, John Martyn
beautiful south, texas, hue & cry, reminiscing
you're kidding... O Level, grade 4 oboe
Guitar, Sax, programming, percussion
Cubase, Wavelab, LM4, Spirit FX16, ASR 10, Takamine Santa Fe, Sansamp, tons of hand held percussion
Love, struggle, corruption, hope, the realm of God
keep listening for where the song wants to go, stay with it..
Wrote first song
aged 14 -
First band seen live
status quo in Bournemouth (later that year)
First love song
"I eat men for breakfast"
Their most memorable song
First Band to Perform Live
"Fracas" (aged 17)
Reaction to the gig
buns from the church hall thrown at the band
Their most memorable song
"Spring Morning Sunrise" ("lay it easy on my mind" -
First paid gigs
light entertainment guitar novelty duet "Stonewall Griffiths" with John Griffiths (later to become a Woebegone Brother)
First recorded release
"The Last of Stonewall Griffiths" 1981 featuring guest artists Jon Magnussen & Ricky Ross, amongst others..
"Who Shot JR?", "The Dark Night of the Soul", "Used to be a Man", "Jammy Side Down"
Other Dundee Bands
"Ricky Ross and the Norman Tebbits of this World", "Wells Fargo and the Stage Frights"
but more seriously ... move to Glasgow...
6 piece featuring -
1986: the Shift
Short lived precursor to Big Sur retaining the influence of Mario D'Agostino on keys
and joint song-
'record of the week'
in Record Mirror and
"a vile disgusting whinge"
in NME. Toured UK as support to Deacon Blue in 1988. Released "Doing the Rounds" commemorative cassette & T shirt. Much radio play but never distributed seriously to shops. Andy signed to Chrysalis in 1989 as a songwriter. Demoralising experience which led to the collapse of the band due to passivity of Publishing company. Recorded songs solo then started own studio in order to get some income.
experimental contemporary worship arts collective based round dance beats and multimedia environments. Recorded the first ever Christian Service for Radio 1 (and the second), also on Channel 4 & Channel 5 at Christmas. Released several albums through Sticky Music.
Also ran my own studio at this time. Interesting clients / collaborations:
I wish that I could be with you -
Album available -
to manage Greenbelt Festivals -
campaign manager at The Giving Campaign running a new project to promote charitable giving to young people in the UK: Giving Nation. Click here to see the Giving Nation web site
A tribute to Donna and songs mostly written in the period after her death. Will say more about this in time