Andrew Latimer

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Andy Latimer
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Background information
Birth nameAndrew Latimer
Born (1949-05-17) 17 May 1949 (age 69)
OriginGuildford, Surrey, England
GenresProgressive rock, symphonic rock, Canterbury scene
Occupation(s)Guitarist, singer, songwriter, lyricist, flautist, keyboardist, producer, mixer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, transverse flute, piccolo, pan flute, keyboard, tambourine, bass, piano, drum machine
Years active1964–present
LabelsMCA Records
Camel Productions
Decca Records
Associated actsCamel

Andrew Latimer (born 17 May 1949,[1][2] Guildford, Surrey, England) is an English musician and composer who is a founder member of the progressive rock band Camel. Best known as a guitarist and singer, Latimer is a flautist and keyboardist as well.[3]

Latimer's most common guitar of choice is a Gibson Les Paul, but he is also known for playing Fender Stratocasters and other guitars. From the 1990s onward, he also played a Burny Super Grade, an 80s copy of the Gibson Les Paul Model. The amplifiers he uses range from Fender, Vox, and Marshall.

He established a music production named Camel Productions which released Camel's new albums: Dust And Dreams (1991), Harbour of Tears (1996), Rajaz (1999) and A Nod and a Wink (2002).

In May 2007, Susan Hoover, Latimer's wife, announced through the Camel Productions website[4] and newsletter that Latimer had suffered from a progressive blood disorder polycythaemia vera since 1992, which had later progressed to myelofibrosis. This was part of the reason why Camel ceased extensive touring. In late 2007, he underwent a bone marrow transplant. As of September 2008, he was back home and finally recovering his strength, even considering the possibility of a smaller-scale tour in the future.[4]

After an extended absence, news regarding Latimer came via a blog from David Minasian,[5] who has directed several Camel video productions over the years. Minasian released his album, Random Acts of Beauty, in August 2010. Latimer's health had progressed to the point that he contributed guitar solos, and vocals to the album's opening track, "Masquerade".[6]

In October 2013, Camel returned to touring for the "Retirement Sucks" tour, playing the Snow Goose in its entirety, the album having been re-recorded earlier in the year. The re-recording remains remarkably faithful to the original, but includes some minor rearrangements and some extended sections. Due to nearly all venues selling out, they added a second half to the tour in early 2014. A live DVD, "In From The Cold" was released, recorded at the Barbican Centre London. The second half of the tour featured Ton Scherpenzeel on keyboards, as Guy Leblanc had become seriously ill.[7]

No touring was undertaken for the rest of 2014 as Latimer had a knee replacement, but he recovered and went on to tour with Camel in 2015.


Prominent guitarists such as Steve Rothery (Marillion),[8] Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth),[9] Bryan Josh (Mostly Autumn)[10] Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief)[11] cite Latimer as one of their primary influences. Musician and producer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is a known fan of Camel and has stated, "Andy Latimer means very much for me."[12]

Latimer received a Lifetime Achievement award in the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.[13]


Studio albums with Camel[edit]


  • 1971 PHIL GOODHAND-TAIT I Think I´ll Write A Song
  • 1976 MICHAEL CHAPMAN Savage Amusement
  • 1977 MICHAEL CHAPMAN The Man Who Hated Mornings
  • 1981 FRANCIS MONKMAN Dweller on the Threshold
  • 1983 ANNABEL ETKIND A New Romance
  • 1983 JULIA DOWNES Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • 1987 DENIS QUINN Open Secret
  • 1994 PETER BARDENS Big Sky
  • 1999 COLIN BASS An Outcast Of The Islands
  • 2000 KAYAK Close To The Fire
  • 2010 DAVID MINASSIAN Random Acts of Beauty
  • 2011 DAVE SINCLAIR Stream
  • 2014 NATHAN MAHL - Justify
  • 2014 ANDREW CRESSWELL DAVIES Emergency Love
  • 2015 DAVID SHERRINGTON The Hero´s Journey
  • 2015 COLIN BASS At Wild End
  • 2017 JAN SCHELHAAS Living On A Little Blue Dot
  • 2017 TANGENT Back To The Fender
  • 2018 KAYAK Seventeen
  • 2018 DAVE SINCLAIR Out Of Sinc


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Camel Productions official website
  5. ^ David Minasian at Mindawn Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ David Minasian blog 26 October 2009
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  8. ^ Thore, Kim (27 August 2009). "Steve Rothery". All Access Magazine. Vol. 7 no. 12. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth Discusses Camel's 'Moon Madness' — The Record That Changed My Life". Guitar World. 28 July 2014. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  10. ^ Smith, Faye (13 November 2014). "Interview: Mostly Autumn". Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  11. ^ Blum, Jordan (9 August 2010). "Interview with Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief". Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  12. ^ Thodoris (June 2013). "Interview:Steven Wilson (solo,Porcupine Tree)". (published 12 June 2013). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2018.

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