I have been playing guitar since 1994. I was 14 then, a late starter but what's important is that I made the decision to start. Someone said this of me...A virtuoso (in the strict sense of the word), his capacity for creating music that compliments and augments their lyrical storytelling knows no bounds. Watching Andrew wield the acoustic guitar, lap slide and banjo, using a unique and mesmerising finger-picking technique, is an experience in itself. His relationship to his instruments, from which he can coax sounds as diverse as they are expressive, is one of obvious intimacy, even love. His voice is alternately plaintive, nostalgic, innocent and angered as he considers the consequences of our thinking and our actions in uncertain times.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first was going to see Paul Simon play in Port Elizabeth in 1992. It was obviously a sensitive time in our history and I had been to a concert or a real gig before in my life. I can remember sitting on my fathers shoulders and listening to Slip sliding Away and being so moved. I can still remember how it felt, to be so transported.
What gear do you use?
Taylor 812CE Seagull S6 (converted to lap slide) Boss RE50 Loop Station Boss OCS£ Octave Pedal
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Pearl Jam. My older brother used to play it. Eddie Vedders voice, how could you not be drawn to that.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Andrew James & The Steady Tiger. We play folk & roots. Yes we play shows.