Friday, September 6, 2013
Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders play Budleigh Salterton Public Hall on Sunday, October 27.
First gaining prominence fronting Cardiff-based, soul-inflected ’60s pop outfit Amen Corner on hits such as Gin House, Bend Me, Shape Me, High in the Sky and their huge chart-topper (If Paradise were) Half as Nice, AFL then formed Fairweather before forging a successful solo career with A and M, scoring hits with Reggae Tune, La Booga Rooga and the timeless pop classic Wide-eyed and Legless.
As a session musician he has recorded with a Who’s Who of rock/pop glitterati including Elton John, Bee Gees, Gerry Rafferty, Leo Sayer, Joe Satriani, David Crosby, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix… toured The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, toured with Eric Clapton, with Procul Harum’s Gary Brooker, and with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings.
“Yeah, I’ve been very lucky!”, Andy said modestly, “I’ve been in the presence of greatness and I’m not that! I’ve seen it and I’ve watched it, so I know what it is…but with the talent I’ve got I figure I must be fairly good … but there again I’ve been doing it for a long time so I should be.
“The first person I seriously copied was Keith Richards and his solo on Route 66…that’s the one I bunked off school to learn! I waited ’til my mother went to work and then sneaked back in…I’ve been playing with Bill Wyman, firstly with Willie and the Poor Boys then the Rhythm Kings, and I still play that solo I snitched off school to learn note-for-note … I thought it was good then, and I still think it’s fantastic now!
“I saw AFL at Shepton Mallet. The best gig I have ever been to! Absolutely brilliant! I hadn’t realised just how good a guitarist he is…” said a recent ticket purchaser from Launceston, Cornwall.
Tickets £20/22.50/£25 on door. Tel. 01395 443419 or 07891 663044.