Andy Edwards (musician)

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Andy Edwards (born 21 April 1968)[citation needed] is a British drummer and multi-instrumentalist musician, who is best known as former member of the progressive rock bands Frost* and IQ.[1]

Robert Plant's Priory of Brion[edit]

Edwards first came to prominence as the drummer in Robert Plant's Priory of Brion.[2] Formed in 1999, the band performed over one hundred concerts across Europe. With the dissolution of this band in late 2000, Edwards became the UK's master drum clinician for Tama drums, performing at many of the major drum festivals and contributing to articles for a variety of drums magazines including Rhythm Magazine, Modern Drummer and Ragazzi.[3] In 2001 readers of Rhythm Magazine voted Edwards as one of the top ten drum clinicians in the UK.

In 2002 Edwards joined The Ian Parker Band and toured extensively across Europe and played on the albums Lost and Found (2003) and Inside (2003).

IQ, Frost* and progressive rock[edit]

In 2005 Edwards joined the neo-progressive IQ and toured Europe, US and Canada and performed on the DVD Stage (2006) and on the album Frequency (2009). He then formed the progressive rock supergroup Neo with members of IQ, Pendragon and Pallas and released the CD/DVD Broadcast (2006).

in 2006 Edwards joined Frost* - a progressive band formed by the keyboardist Jem Godfrey (best known for his pop songwriting and production for Atomic Kitten, Shane Ward and Holly Vallance) - along with IQ bassist John Jowitt, and guitarist John Mitchell. Their debut album Milliontown (2006) was very well received among progressive rock fans and Edwards was voted in the top five progressive rock drummers in the world in the DPRP Poll[4] two years in a row.

In 2008 Frost released Experiments in Mass Appeal (2008).

Edwards departed IQ and Frost in 2009 and moved into music education and session work. Edwards also contributed to sessions for Clive Nolan and Martin Orford.

In 2010 he briefly rejoined his ex-bandmates in Frost* to contribute to the track “The Dividing Line” which was released as a bonus track on the live Philadelphia Experiment album later that year.

In 2013 Edwards was the guest drummer on The Twenty Seven Club by the progressive rock band Magenta and this session lead on to the formation of Kiama, with Magenta keyboardist Rob Reed[5]

In 2010 Edwards became the course leader for music at Kidderminster College and recorded a number of experimental improvisatory albums with bassist Steve Lawson and performed on a number of recordings with the virtuoso guitarist Phi Yaan-Zek. Edwards has also been featured and contributed to a number of books about Robert Plant.[6][7]

In 2016 Edwards joined forces with former ELO and Move drummer Bev Bevan to form the double drummer rhythm section for the Birmingham folk rock band Quill and performed a number of concerts across the UK including a well received performance at Cropready Folk Festival in 2017.

Solo Work[edit]

Andy Edwards is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. In 2001 he joined forces with Timmy Vegas in a group called Wikamen and started producing garage and house recordings for a variety including Blanco Y Negro. and Palm Pictures.[8] This has lead onto Andy releasing a number of albums that explore electronica, jazz, funk, prog and experimental styles which in turn has lead to the formation of the electronic funk jazz group Kundabuffa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy Edwards". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  2. ^ "Priory of Brion". www.robertplanthomepage.com. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  3. ^ "Ragazzi - website für erregende Musik". webcache.googleusercontent.com. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  4. ^ "DPRPoll 2009 : Results". www.dprp.net. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  5. ^ Prog, Stef Lach2015-10-20T14:00:00 292Z. "Rob Reed reveals latest project Kiama". Prog Magazine. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  6. ^ Rees, Paul (Music journalist),. Robert Plant : a life (First ed.). New York, NY. ISBN 9780062281388. OCLC 850180935.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Lewis, Dave. (2011). Led Zeppelin. Jones, John Paul. London: Music Sales. ISBN 9780857122209. OCLC 993060734.
  8. ^ "Wikamen". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-04-19.