Andy Roberts (musician)

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Andy Roberts
Birth nameAndrew Jonathan Roberts
Born (1946-06-12) 12 June 1946 (age 72)
Harrow, Middlesex
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, composer
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1960s–present
LabelsRCA, Elektra
Associated actsThe Scaffold, The Liverpool Scene, Plainsong, Roy Harper, Pink Floyd, Hank Wangford, Kevin Ayers, Iain Matthews, Mighty Baby
Websiteandyrobertsmusic.com

Andy Roberts (born Andrew Jonathan Roberts, 12 June 1946, in Hatch End near Harrow, Middlesex) is an English musician, guitarist and singer-songwriter, best known for his over 35-year partnership with singer Iain Matthews in the English folk/rock band, Plainsong.

As a boy, Roberts gained a violin scholarship to Felsted School in Essex, [1] at the same time developing a talent for playing guitar. In 1965 he went to Liverpool University to study Law, and whilst there met Roger McGough, becoming the lone guitarist accompanying The Scaffold, and then joining The Liverpool Scene, with McGough and Adrian Henri. He has also played with Roy Harper, Chris Spedding, Hank Wangford, Kevin Ayers, Vivian Stanshall and Grimms, and has played on many sessions for artists such as Richard Thompson, Paul Korda and Maddy Prior.

He was in the "Surrogate Band" during Pink Floyd's The Wall tour in 1981 (replacing Snowy White) and can be heard on the live album Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980–81.[2] He has also written film scores, themes for TV series, backed Billy Connolly, provided music and voice for Spitting Image and continues to create musical backdrops for the poetry of Roger McGough.

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

  • Home Grown (RCA SF8086, 1970)
With: Roger Powell, Mike 'Ace' Evans, Gordon Huntley, Ian Whiteman - Arrangements by Dave Palmer - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
Original 14-track vinyl release on RCA Records 1970. Released on CD by Strange Days Records in 2005 with one bonus track.
  • Home Grown (B&C CAS1034, 1971)
With: Roger Powell, Mike 'Ace' Evans, Gordon Huntley, Ian Whiteman - Arrangements by Dave Palmer - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
A shortened 10-track vinyl release 1971 on B&C Records in the UK, and Philips in the Netherlands. A different 8-track version of Home Grown was also released in 1971 on Ampex Records in the US and Canada.
  • Nina And The Dream Tree (Pegasus PEG 5, 1971)
With: Iain Matthews, Roger Powell, Charlene Collins, Gerry Conway, Zoot Money, Mac and Katie Kissoon, Mike London, John Pearson, Dave Richards, Ray Warleigh - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
Original vinyl release on Pegasus 1971, also released on Philips in the Netherlands. Released on CD by Strange Days Records in 2005.
  • Everyone (band project) (B&C CAS1028, 1971)
With: Dave Richards, John Pearson, John Porter and Bob Sargeant - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
Original vinyl release on B&C Records 1971 in the UK, as 'Andy Roberts With Everyone' in the US on Ampex Records.
  • Urban Cowboy (Elektra K42139, 1973)
With: Iain Matthews, Dave Richards, Bob Ronga, Timi Donald, B.J. Cole, Richard Thompson, Dick Parry, Mike Kellie, Neil Innes, Martin Carthy, Gerry Conway - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
Original vinyl release on Elektra 1973. Released on CD by Fledg'ling Records in 2012.
  • Andy Roberts And The Great Stampede (Elektra K42151, 1974)
With: Zoot Money, B.J. Cole, Pat Donaldson, Sonny Francis, Ollie Halsall, Mick Kaminski, Ray Wehrstein - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
Original vinyl release on Elektra 1974. Released on CD by Fledg'ling Records in 2007 with five bonus tracks.
  • Loose Connections - Not Exactly A Love Story (Virgin Records V2306, 1984)
With: Keith Nelson, Peter Dennis, B.J. Cole, Howard Tibble, Steve Simpson, Ricky Cool, Graham Preskett, Pete Wingfield, Bobby Valentino.

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • Andy Roberts (Charisma CS.6, 1973)
10-track vinyl compilation on Charisma Perspective - Produced by Sandy Roberton and John Peel (tracks 2 and 4).
  • From Time To Time (Big Ben Records BBX 503, 1985)
7-track vinyl compilation on Big Ben Records - Produced by Sandy Roberton.
  • The Best Of Andy Roberts (Mooncrest CRESTCD 014, 1992)
16-track CD compilation featuring tracks from 'Home Grown', 'Everyone' and 'Nina And The Dream Tree'.
  • Just For The Record - The Solo Anthology 1969-76 (Castle Music CMEDD 1084, 2006)
33-track 2CD compilation.
  • Cut-Outs (Vinyl Japan, JASK CD174, 2006)
Japan-only release in a limited edition of 500 copies to coincide with Roberts' dates in Tokyo in 2006. Compilation of mostly unreleased songs, demos, out-takes, radio cuts, etc.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About some Liverpool scene members
  2. ^ Mabbett, Andy (2010). Pink Floyd - The Music and the Mystery. London: Omnibus. ISBN 9781849383707.

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