Andy Ward (musician)
Andy Ward in 1977. Photograph by Ueli Frey.
|Birth name||Andrew John Ward|
|Born||28 September 1952|
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
|Genres||Progressive rock, canterbury scene, neo-progressive rock|
Ward attended the City of London Freemen's School. He began drumming at the age of 13 in a local rock band with Jim Butt (guitar), Doug Houston (vocals), Colin Burgess (bass) and Jan (Murray) Obodynski (keyboards).
Ward became a founding member of the progressive rock band Camel, who formed in 1971, evolving from Ward's first band, The Brew. One of the leading lights of the English progressive rock movement, Camel enjoyed considerable success worldwide, peaking in 1975 when they performed their album The Snow Goose at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. Following a period of ill health – including problems caused by alcohol and drugs – in 1981 he was forced to retire from the band. Because he left Camel, Andrew Latimer became the only original member who remained in the band.
Two years later he resurfaced briefly with the neo-progressive rock band Marillion, appearing in the video of the hit single "Garden Party" from their debut album Script for a Jester's Tear and performing with them for three months as a replacement for their original drummer, Mick Pointer, who had recently been sacked. Ward's performances with the band included an appearance on the BBC's The Old Grey Whistle Test when they performed "Forgotten Sons". According to Mark Kelly, Ward had been recruited to the band without a proper audition because of his reputation. However, as both Kelly and Fish have recalled, his personal problems had resurfaced and he succumbed to a near nervous breakdown midway through the band's first American tour.
Throughout the 1990s Ward worked with Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams and Going Going, with Sinclair, Hugh Hopper, Vince Clarke and Mark Hewins. In 1994 he joined Mirage – a progressive "supergroup" combining members from both Camel and Caravan. Other projects included the studio-only group Chrys&themums, led by eccentric singer-songwriter Yukio Yung (aka Terry Burrows), who received drum tracks through the post from Ward before building songs around them, playing all the other instruments himself. At this time Ward also became full-time drummer with cult English rock band the Bevis Frond, with whom he recorded and toured extensively.
In 2002 a compilation CD, Sticking Around, was released, highlighting his work with Camel and other projects.
In 2003, Ward participated in a short lived reformation of the original members of The Brew (with Latimer and Ferguson) and recorded material for an album that never materialized largely due to Latimer's ongoing health issues.
1971 Phil Goodhand Tait I Think I'll Write a Song
1973 Camel Camel
1974 Camel Mirage
1975 Camel The Snow Goose
1976 Camel Moonmadness
1977 Camel Raindances
1978 Camel Breathless
1979 Camel I Can See Your House From Here
1981 Camel Nude
1985 Adrian Shaw Tea for the Hydra
1988 Skaboosh Freetown
1991 Todd Dillingham Wilde Canterbury Dream
1993 Todo Dillingham Vastrmpty Spaces
1994 Bevis Frond Sprawl
1995 Bevis Frond Superseeder
1995 Yukio Yung Goodbye Pork Pie Brain
1995 Yukio Yung Hello Pulsing Vein
1996 Yukio Yung Mostly Water
1996 Richard Sinclair Caravan of Dreams
1997 Richard Sinclair RSVP
1997 The Deviants Have Left the Planet
1998 Bevis Frond Valedictory Songs
1999 Chrys&Themums The Baby's Head
1999 Steve Adams Vertigo
2002 Bevis Frond What Did for the Dinosaurs
2002 Anton Barbeau King of Missouri
2003 Hug Hopper In a Dubious Manner
2003 Andy Ward Sticking Around
1973 Camel Greasy Truckers Live At Dingwalls’ Dancehall
1978 Camel A Live Record (Double live album)
1992 Camel On the Road, 1972
1993 Richard Sinclair An Evening Of Magic (Double album)
1995 Mirage Live
1996 Camel BBC On the Road 1981
1998 Bevis Frond Live at the Great American Music Hall
1998 Country Joe McDonald Eat Flowers and Kiss Babies
1982 Camel The Chameleon The Best Of Camel
1986 Camel The Collection (Double album)
1991 Camel Landscapes
1993 Camel Echoes (Double album)
1997 Camel Master Series
2001 Camel Lunar Sea (Double album)
2010 Camel Rainbow's End Anthology (4-CD Boxset)
1986 Marillion The Videos 1982–86
2003 Camel Curriculum Vitae
2004 Camel Footage
2005 Camel Footage II
2007 Camel Moondances
- "A Drummer's Tale". Official Andy Ward Website. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Camel Official Site
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Fugazi". marillion.com. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)