Since the early 1990s, Andy has had a varied career in music. including as a touring bandleader in the Anglo-Celtic music world, a choral director, a music and culture scholar, and now a festival organizer.
As a musician he toured North America and Europe through the 1990s as founder and manager of the folk rock/funk band Mad Pudding. Since 2000 he has toured with several of the Celtic music scene’s most respected and exciting acoustic musicians, including west coast innovative fiddler Zavellennahh Huscroft, champion Canadian fiddler Pierre Schryer, Irish flute player Nuala Kennedy, and Juno winners The McDades. His first solo CD, “Passages,” was released in May of this year and has an underlying theme of travel and transformation, alternating between traditional music, original songwriting, and song interpretations. He currently performs in duo with masterful fiddler Mark Sullivan and is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Harrison Festival of the Arts.
Andy is also a respected teacher and workshop facilitator, and has taught Celtic guitar backup and vocal workshops at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Georgia Straight Guitar Workshop, Saltspring Fiddle Camp, Sunshine Coast Summer School of Celtic Music, Algoma Trad, and others. He is former director of the Universal Gospel Choir, the Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Choir, and holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto.