Low was born in 1948 in Cardiff, South Wales, and rose to prominence in the
1960s as the front man and guitarist for chart topping teen idol band Amen Corner
. His vocals and his
distinctive voice were the perfect lead for the group. Amen Corner
scored six memorable hits between 1967 and 1969 with (“If
Paradise is) Half as Nice” reaching Number One in January 1969 and their shows
were always full of excitement and they were regular fixtures on package tours
at the time.
group split in 1969 Andy formed the band Fairweather
which was signed to RCA on their progressive label Neon. For an underground
progressive band it was somewhat surprising that they soon had a Top Ten single
in 1970 with “Natural Sinner.” Andy’s first solo success was another Top Ten
hit with “Reggae Tune” in September 1974. After two albums with Fairweather and a brief spell off for
good behavior, Andy signed a solo deal with A&M Records and recorded Spider Jiving which was produced by Neil
Young producer Elliott Mazer. The album included major players such as The Memphis Horns and Nashville legend
Charlie McCoy. Following up was not a problem and in 1975 he released his
second album La Booga Rooga, produced
by celebrated UK Producer Glyn Johns at that time fresh from working with the Eagles. Glyn Johns was again the
producer of choice in 1976 for Andy’s third solo album Be Bop ‘n’ Holla.
La Booga Rooga featured a great line up
of musicians with such great players as ex-Eagle
Bernie Leadon (guitar), Dave Mattacks (drums), Eddie Tan Tan Thornton (trumpet),
Kenney Jones (drums), John “Rabbit”’ Bundrick (keyboards), B.J.Cole (steel guitar) and Georgie Fame (keyboards).
Among the tracks was “Wide Eyed & Legless,” released late in 1975 and another
solo Top Ten hit in the UK and major International hit record.
having moved labels to Warner Brothers, Andy released his fourth solo album, Mega Shebang. He’d already started his
notable contributions to other people’s records with his appearance in 1978 on The Who’s album, Who Are You?, which also continued through with his appearance on
guitar on their It’s Hard album in
1982 and contributions to Pete Townshend’s Psychderelict
tour in 1993.
work with The Who Andy moved on as
the in demand player and ultimate guitarist to the stars, building an
extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day.
In 1983, ex-Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, himself suffering from multiple
sclerosis, set about organizing some of the most significant musicians in the
Rock world to tour on both sides of the Atlantic and record with the aim of
raising awareness and funds for sufferers of MS. The project, A.R.M.S. – Action
for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, was immensely successful ending up with a
visit to the White House for some of the participants. Andy, Eric Clapton, Jeff
Beck, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood all appeared . . . .
In the early
nineties Andy joined Eric Clapton’s band until 2003, touring and recording Unplugged, From the Cradle, Pilgrim,
Riding with the King, Reptile, One More Car One More Rider, Me & Mr. Johnson and Back Home albums with him.
also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his Live in Japan album and playing several
of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, The Concert for George
(2002). One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships has been as musical
director with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking tour of
America in 1985. Since that time Andy has contributed to two of Waters’ albums
- Radio K.A.O.S in 1987 and Amused to Death in 1992 - and played guitar
and bass on the 1999-2002 In the Flesh
world tour. He also rejoined Waters for the Dark
Side of the Moon tour more recently.
On November 29, 2002, one of the most
important concerts ever was staged at the Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for
George was a tribute to George Harrison, under the musical direction of Eric
Clapton. Featuring Joe Brown, Eric Clapton,
Jules Holland and Sam Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy
Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, and Ringo Starr. Andy was a member of the
Incredible House Band, which, among other great players, also included Dave
Bronze, Gary Brooker, Jim Capaldi, Ray Cooper, Jim Keltner, Albert Lee and
Andy is also
a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm
Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the
mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together at the Small Faces’ legendary bass player
Ronnie Lane’s A.R.M.S. – Action for Research
into Multiple Sclerosis - benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall
in 1983. It was a charity cause that Bill revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’
style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Andy who, since that time has been
frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings in 2005 and the summer of
2006 and 2007.
But perhaps it was inevitable that one day
Fairweather Low would be tempted to return to the studio in his own right. That
time came in 2006.
Sweet Soulful Music reunited Fairweather
Low with producer Glyn Johns - and features bassist David Bronze (Eric Clapton,
Robin Trower, Procol Harum), drummer
Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey)
and John “Rabbit” Bundrick (Bob Marley, The
Who, Pete Townshend) together with Roger Waters’ back-up singers Katie
Kissoon, Carol Kenyon and PP Arnold.
years is a long wait but Sweet Soulful
Music signaled a welcome return for one of the UK’s most distinctive
artists, as heartily endorsed by many of the world’s greatest talents.
The current band is also a who’s who of the best
players on the rock scene. Joining Andy on drums is Paul Beavis (Thea Gilmore, Robbie Macintosh & Sunday All Over The
), on keyboards is Chris Stainton (The
, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton
& The Concert For George
), and on bass is long-standing associate Dave
Bronze (Clapton, Concert For George, Dear Mr. Fantasy tribute to Jim Capaldi).