A very special evening at The Everyman in Liverpool the other night. Great to see Andy along with Roger and Brian on stage providing such excellent entertainment. Can't wait to hear the session recorded with Iain Matthews. Any chance of a Plainsong tour? That would make many people very happy! All the best.
- Blair Helsing
Hello from San Francisco. I've been a loyal listener to your work since the first Plainsong album.
Just last Sunday I DJ'ed a radio show and included "Welcome to London Town" seguing right into
"Substitute". That was a fun segue!
Anyway, years back I found a video clip on YouTube of Plainsong performing "Bold Marauder" live. Absolutely
fantastic. I've kept searching for it on YouTube but it's long since disappeared.
So I'm wondering, is one of the versions of "Bold Marauder" on "And That's That" by any chance a recording of
the performance I saw on YouTube? I'd be delighted to have the audio of that version (although with the
video would be the best).
I've seen Iain performing live one time and I hope I have the chance to see you both in the future.
Thanks for all the wonderful music!.
- Alan Jenkins
Hi Andy, I nearly had a nose bleed the other morning, when I realised that it is 25 years ago, in October, when we put on that memorable gig at Chiswick Town Hall? I still look at the photo’s and other bits I saved and smile at the memory. Great site. Rave On
Bliss. Just received the Great Stampede on CD. It is nearly 30years since I last heard it and it does not disappoint. The intro to High Time is sublime. It really stands the test of time. Thanks Andy, you are brilliant.
- Paul Freedman
Hi Andy, great gig in Dorset last night. Hope you can come again soon.
Hi. I just found your website and could hardly believe that here was THE Andy Roberts creator of one of my all time favourite albums. I have it here but sadly nothing to play it on. After reading the interview, I finally understand why that album didn't become the huge hit it should have been. Sorry I didn't keep up with your music after Great Stampede and maybe you don't view it the same any more, but I still love the lyrics to High Time and can just about remember the tunes to Kid Jealousy, Speed Well and The Great Stampede. Are there any recordings on youtube? Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for the many hours of pleasure your music gave me.
I'm from Australia and I have the Amelia Earhart LP. Try as I might I have been unable to find anything else. The one record that I have is beautiful. Is there anywhere I could get other LPs? Thanks.
Hi Mike. Amelia Earhart was the only vinyl LP. All the subsequent albums are available on CDs. Check out the Blue Rose website and Iain's own website for all the later material. (links on Link page) WEBWEAVER
My congratulations for the site. I've cd anthology JUST FOR THE RECORD. I'm italian and my english is poor. In your site, you've the section lyrics: I look for a few lyrics that missing. I would sing the song while listen it! I search CREEPY JOHN, BABY BABY, RADIO LADY, DON'T GET ME WRONG, SITTING ON A ROCK, RICHMOND, ELAINE, I'VE SEEN THE MOVIE and others. Can you add this lyrics in your section or write me this lyrics? In THE ONE-ARMED BOATMAN ANT THE GIANT SQUID, missing two verses. Through John Koerner fan, I've found Creepy John lyrics but Andy's version is different. Can you help me to complete?
Thanks Giorgio. I'll add the lyrics to the new updated website shortly and ask Andy to check out the lyrics. WEBWEAVER
Here's a thing. I just got inspired to have a poke around the net in search of Andy Roberts stuff. I first heard Nesmith's 'Propinquity' on an Australian release of Plainsong's 'In Search of Amelia Earhart'. It doesn't appear on any tracklist of the record I can locate online. I'm wondering if the album I had contained additional tracks from other Iain Mathews albums. Some odd Australian variant release. More to the point, perhaps Andy never played on it. I'd be interested to know if you have the chance to drop me a line back. If he didn't, of course, then "Songs Of The Stars' takes its place as my fave of his musical contributions. Happy New Year btw
I realize that ‘Made in the USA’ is not popular with the band, being it is never represented in compilations or any history of the band, but I love it to this day and play it all the time. To me, it is the hallmark of the group. The bass, the sound, the playing, the poetry – it is like the first step into New York. Pure adrenaline and excitement. It is a devastating step but it is a brilliant one. No one has captured that step like you did. Why is it not loved by the band? Thank you.
I recently helped fund a video being made in the USA by a "heartbreak & honky tonk duo" called Some Velvet Evening. They were raising funds via Kickstarter.com. My contribution was sufficient for me to request them to perform a one-off song of my choice either live or via email attachment in return for the assistance. They live in Michigan. I live in Sydney. I took the email option. What's this got to do with Andy? Well, I requested they perform 'Songs Of The Stars' which they hadn't heard of - they are a bit young, so it's a forgiveable oversight - however, they very kindly learned it ... they may even work into their permanent live repertoire.. 'Songs Of The Stars' remains my favourite ever Grimms song and could've been written specifically for SVE. In fact, it comes second only to Andy's contribution to Plainsong's version of Michael Nesmith's 'Propinquity' as my fave work to whjich he's contributed .... is that the most grammatically tortured sentence of all time or what? ... I know, I know, perhaps not work generally regarded on the same level as the high water mark of 'Nina And The Dream Tree' but each to their own, eh? More to the point, I hope you enjoy the fact that someone, somewhere's still singing 'Songs Of The Stars' as much as I enjoyed the fact they'd performed it for me. My very best.
Hi Andy. I've your cd anthology JUST FOR THE RECORD. I'm italian and my english is poor. In your site, you've the section lyrics: I look for a few lyrics that missing. I would sing your song while listen it! I search CREEPY JOHN, BABY BABY, RADIO LADY, DON'T GET ME WRONG, SITTING ON A ROCK, RICHMOND, ELAINE, I'VE SEEN THE MOVIE and others. Can you add this lyrics in your section or write me this lyrics? In this song, missing two verses where are dots. Can you add the lyrics?
Now then Andy, I am very disappointed that the Lincolnshire leg of the "No Hall too small Roadshow" is destined to by-pass the true county of country, namely "Norfolk". There could be a mighty fine eastern reception awaiting at the "Blakeney Harbour Rooms" or how's about a floating gig aboard the 120 year old "Albatross" Dutch barge anchored in Wells-next -the -sea harbour. Seriously I can recommend the Blakeney gig and would love to act as local broker if you were interested - check out their website when you are out & about in Lincolnshire. Andy Fairweather + Low Riders played to a full house Hunstanton Prince's Theatre last year and the local population is still talking about it, I can just imagine if Brad & Hank rolled into town it would really capture the East Coast imagination and sense of humour. I recently got hold of the golden age of Elektra 1963-1973 recently and was overjoyed to find that it features amongst other real gems "All around my Grandmother's floor" and "the true story of Amelia..." .We have not met since Stanmore, but I have been a regular visitor to your website and love & respect your work. All my best regards
Hi Andy. It was great to come across your name and check out your website. I am one of those who bought the Incredible Liverpool Scene LP when it came out all those years back and I have followed your career over the years. I also bought a lot of the Iain Mathews and Plainsong albums and what I think must have been your first solo LP. It was very interesting to read your comments on those recordings and times. For my sins I am a singer songwriter and poet (although I do have a day job to keep the wolf from the door). I can say that all of those albums were a great influence on me and I really admired your playing. I will be back to check out your site (at a time when I’m not supposed to be working)… (This mail) was really meant as a small tribute to someone whose music had a huge impact on my own development. I just wanted to say thanks. All good things.
Mark West - Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset
Thanks to you and Hank for a wonderful evening in Ibberton Village Hall. Thanks also for participating in my slightly mad scheme to send Walkers crisp packets (empty ones) to my friend Julie who is teaching in Africa. Thanks to your "parish notice" during the set, I collected quite a few. I promise to get photos of how she uses these things in her art classes and post them on facebook or something!
I had a surprise this evening, when I visited your web pages, I discovered that you are from Hatch End. I lived on the Uxbridge Road opposite the old Commercial Travelers' school from 1968-1973 and went to Harrow Weald Grammar School, where I met my wife who lived in Oakmead off Cedar Drive. We married at the Parish Church of St Anselm in June 1975. She would have loved your set too but unfortunately she had a grandson to babysit tonight.
So anyway Small World. But rendered a whole lot jollier by you guys and your "Miserable Songs". I shall go away and find out much more about the two of you now.
Greetings and Salutations Andy, Quick question when you have a moment: did you play on the song "Mother" off of Is There Anybody Out There: The Wall Live 1980-81? Thanks Mate
“Yes, that’s me playing the acoustic guitar on Mother. Because the show was largely played to a click track to synchronise it with all the projections and sound effects, it was possible for both Snowy White and I to be included simultaneously in the mixes even though we were never in the band at the same time! But I can recognise my own playing – Snowy is much more of an electric blues player, whereas I have always been an acoustic guitar specialist, so it made sense to use us both when the live tracks were mixed. Of course in our respective years we both played all the second guitar parts, electric and acoustic.” ANDY ROBERTS
- Tom Noble
Just bought Nina and The Dream Tree and Home Grown on Japanese mini LP
presssings. I assume they are legitimate and wondered if there was any
chance of Urban Cowboy appearing on CD at some time in the future.
Andy says... "I’m happy to confirm that Tom appears to have bought copies of Nina and the Dream Tree and Homegrown produced by Strange Days in Japan. These are official licensed copies, though I don’t recall which masters were used for these 2 releases. There is also a matching release of Andy Roberts and the Great Stampede available on the same label. There is currently no version of Urban Cowboy available on CD.
About 5 years ago someone bootlegged it and put out a crappy facsimile version badly mastered from vinyl, and that stopped me releasing it at that time as too many sales would have been lost. As it happens I own the masters and the rights to this album, but because I leased part of it to Sanctuary for inclusion on the Just For The Record compilation it has only recently become available for license once again. As it happens I had a meeting about it (along with several other topics) last Friday, and we may soon be looking to release it in its original form, for the very first time on CD."
Hi there, Just wanting to send a note of thanks for writing 'Queen of the Moonlight World'. I heard it on the 'Gather in the Mushrooms' compilation and I can't stop listening to that song, it's just beautifully sublime. I'll have to try to track down a copy of Home Grown. Hopefully you'll do a show in London one of these days! Cheers, Dan
- Giorgio Grisoldi
Hi Andy, I'm your italian admirer. I seeing that you make in 1984 soundtrack album LOOSE CONNECTIONS. I've found the tracklist but I don't know this album: is instrumentals song or not? If not, you are the album's singer? This songs is originals or cover?
[A] 1. Loose Connections 2. Ain't Just Stars(That Fall) 3. I'm Holding You Responsible 4. Living Apart Together 5. Got All The Woman 6. Happy 7. I Like Coountry Msuic [B] 1. High Moon 2. Ten Feet Tall And Bulletproof 3. Ballad Of The Teen-Age Queen 4. You Win Again 5. Night To Die.
- Thanks for contacting AndyRobertsMusic.com Giorgio. Loose Connections is a nice album from the film of the same name. It contains a mixture of tracks, some vocal and others instrumental, written by Andy and others. Side one is all Andy Roberts compositions and Side two with High Noon (Tiomkin), Ballad of the Teen-Age Queen by Jack Clement and You Win Again by Hank Williams. The other tracks are Andy's songs. You can check out the track listing here...
Andy, I found this site by google searching for Adrian's Re-entry of Christ into Liverpool. I used to follow The Liverpool Scene religiously if they played anywhere in the midlands, particularly at Mother's Club in Erdington, Birmingham. Fantastic nights, and Adrian was a legend. He always paid tribute to James Ensor before playing 'Re-entry' and it would get more manic every time you played it.
- Nigel White - Cyril Davis 2.
Glad to hear you are going well, have kept a watch over the years. I remember the Blues en Noir days, we had fun then. I nearly fell off my chair when I saw that picture of us, I had forgotten about that and how smart we looked, that was rare! I don't play the blues harp much now, more guitar, but nowadays I leave it to my daughter, who is a seriously good musician and composer, she is working at Air Studios at the moment, doing some
tracks for an Adidas advert, she is a composer for Boosey and Hawkes and has written a requiem for her late mum, look out for her, Helen White (Hazlitt). Anyway Andy, those where the days, was it innocence or just madness? Keep up the music making.
- Matt Spence
My mother always said really good music should blow you away. She would say to picture yourself a leaf on a tree in the late fall, and suddenly a wind comes along and lifts you off the branch and you are carried away. Well I had never heard Andy Roberts prior to today whereon I stumbled upon some of his music on an MP3 Blog. I must admit I was saddened to find that most of his discography was out of print and commercially unavailable because it is a crime that more people will not hear this beautiful music that simply blows me away like that leaf at the end of the season. I thank him for the beauty, and will purchase the one CD that is available commercially post haste. Thank you for the peace, joy, tranquility and serenity embodied in your music. Namaste. Peace, love and energy.
Thanks for you guestbook contact Matt. However, several of Andy's solo CDs are available including Andy Roberts & The Great Stampede and Just For The Record - the solo anthology. You should also be able to get both Home Grown and Nina and the Dreamtree via the web from Japan. Good luck: webweaver
Went to Andy's gig at the Sound Gallery in Paris. It's a tiny venue - I think it doubles as the office of Karel who put on the gig. There were perhaps 20-30 people there. Andy performed without amplification. He played for about two-and-a-half hours with one short break. He ran through his musical career in pretty much chronological sequence with anecdotes about the many and varied people he's worked with. It was a great gig and it left me wondering yet again why he performs solo so rarely. SET LIST :
ADRIAN HENRI’S TALKIN’ AFTER XMAS BLUES
WE BID YOU GOODNIGHT
POISON APPLE LADY
THE MARIE LLOYD SONG
PEOPLE IN PAINTED
WHERE’D YOU GET YOUR SWEETNESS?
GOT ALL THE WOMAN
IT’S NOT JUST STARS
SAME THING TWICE
Hi Andy. Didn't really know you when I was in Rathbone Hall '68-70 (Electronic Eng) - but was friends with Ian D Young, Barry Meehan and of course Bill Rollinson etc. Glad to hear you abandoned Law and have done so well in the music world, and will make the effort to track your gigs down! I am still persevering with guitar but havent played to a (listening) audience in almost 3 years! Maybe we'll see you at the Wirral Guitar Fest one year? Good luck. Regards
Andy. First saw you playing with Plainsong in Winchester in 2004 (I think!) I loved your bouzouki and acoustic guitar playing and went in search of your stuff, thankfully finding R20;Home Grown” . Then I find that you played with my “hero” Roy!!! Well, I suppose I wasn’t surprised ;0) Please do some gigs soon, I would love to see you live again. My band “Mary Jane”` have definitely “borrowed” from your artistry ;0) All the best Jo xx
- Becky Becker
Hello Andy, I am doing some internet research for our production of Caryl
Churchill's Cloud Nine at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.
Do you have access to sheet music for "Gather sons of England"? I
would appreciate any information you may have. Thank you!
- Richard Lyson
I was at the gig at Quaintways gig in Chester by The Liverpool Scene
in 1974; Mike Hart was on that tour , alongside Adrian and Andy . I
also saw them on the same tour at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool
where Mike Evans guested on "The Woo Woo". I got to know Adrian Henri
around this time and met up with him again 20 years later at an
exhibition in Liverpool. Always had time to talk to people. Ditto Andy!
The Liverpool Scene once supported Led Zeppelin at a gig in London; (not once - toured with - WebWeaver) Adrian confirmed this to me; no doubt Dave Lewis ( ace Led Zep
chronicler) will have details! PS does anyone have the dates for the 1974 tour.
PPS let's get some of Andy's gigs onto Songkick!
- Thomas Gaudynski
Hello Andy, Am enjoying listening to the first three Liverpool Scene LPS (what are those?) this Fourth of July. What great memories. A pleasure to have meet you and your colleagues back in the 1960s through these great recordings. Play on. Best Regards
- Pete Cownley
Great to meet you last night at the Golowan and to thank you personally for Son Son. Bob, who sparked off the search, apologises for his rendition over the 'phone!! Great gig with the Bonzos with plentiful silliness! All the best
- Richard Habgood
I used to own the original Home Grown (RCA) LP with 14 tracks, I regard it as a masterpiece. To this day I've missed it after sadly "losing" it. A short time ago I found out that a limited edition CD re-issue had been made by the Japanese manufacturer "Strange Days Records". Today my brand new copy arrived. This is a sold out edition that I was lucky enough to buy from a dealer in Korea. This is housed in a minature LP cover wrapped in a mini sleeve of course. Not only does it contain all 14 of the original, it also has the bonus instrumental track, "Lonely in the Crowd". The original single sheet sleeve notes is also included, double sided as was the original, just much smaller. The date of this rare CD is 2005 (not 2007), and sadly is almost impossible to find. I've been having a wonderfully nostalgic time listening to this most beautiful of albums. Very best regards
- Bill Kitson
- I was on the cover of Amazing Adventures. we got together outside
o'connors one day . Andy used to hold everyone with his guitar. Many
long parties in Faulkner square and Bedford street. Maurice Cockrill
had just started as a tutor and somehow went to Pete Brown and the
Battered Ornaments first, greatest and possibly last gig at the Royal
Art college, things may com and things may go, but the Art School
Dance goes on forever. Were you there Andy?
We had a great time at the Art college in the Art college revolt of
that year. the guy on the front wearing the waistcoat Mick he was
called, helped us paint the Art college Black over night.
I stayed in at the back of the Art College entrance hall just where
the fire escape. I let in about 20 of us painting by candlelight just
ahead of the Art college's 5 year inspection.
we painted the words of Wizard of changes, from the Incredible string
band then told Bill Scobie who couldn't decide who to support , Blond
young things or his job.
I later learned from Rod Jones, tutor at the college and one time
flat mate of John Lennon, that they used to pull the same stunt,
staying hidden in the then back yard of the college to pinch coal in
winter for their flat in near Blackburn Girls school.like us, they
climbed out-over the back door into Mount street ( next to the
entrance the Boys' School, now Paul's Arts Academy down the side of
the Art college.),
Hey ho .. anyone still around who was there. Kenneth Macmillan got
suspended I recall for the canteen paint job, I ended up running off
to Morocco with the beautiful Diane Weinerman from Tufts University
New England. She was a friend of Sandy Denny and watched Andy play a
furious layered guitar solo in the first floor of O'Connor's. the
real Liverpool scene. Hey ho.
Lovely to find the site, courtesy of Bryan Dodson and a meeting out of the blue, well outside the bank in Oxford Street, actually.
The Scene were one of the best bands to come out of Liverpool at the time... shame they didn't continue as they were ahead of their time and the rest of the world may have caught them up by now.
By the way.... Who borrowed my 2 LP's in the Cracke and never gave them back? Live with your concience, they have my name on them!!
- Mike Daniels
Dear Mr Roberts. I might give you a history of affection for your music – the 4 solo albums, the Liverpool Scene LP, The Grimms LP, the gig at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, etc, etc, etc. We all need a bit of adulation every now and then, maybe.
However, that’s not my purpose today. I am a poet and I’ve been challenged to write one poem every day of April – its national poetry month in USA, and the webgroup I use sets a series of challenges. Today’s challenge – to write a piece after listening to a favourite piece of music. This piece is the consequence... Music - The Dream Tree Sequence by Andy Roberts, playing as I wrote. (It's 15.45 minutes long, from the album Nina and the Dream Tree. The italics are quotes from the lyrics). It’s not my intention to offend in any way. More like, pay homage to a superb piece of writing. I hope that’s okay by you.
- Jean Lummes
- Hi Andy,
Still listening to The Great Stampede and still loving every minute of it.
Long time no see as they say.
Sorry to have missed you and Iain Matthews in Paris - no doubt a great Show.
Was hoping for another one - maybe in the future?
Still got the GRIMMS book and it's still in good condition with signatures still noticeable thank goodness;
I may have had to ask you, Neil and Roger to sign again otherwise!!
Carry on the good work.
- Andy Roberts
- Dear myself (im called andy
roberts too!). Your lyrics. what can i say they re unique
to say the least, inspirational. I have shown your lyrics to
many a friend and the feedback was most positive.
- we all think that your abilities
are like no other. Yours Sincerely, Andy Roberts
- Elisa M. Golden
- Dear Mr. Roberts, Our theatre
in Greenville, South Carolina is staging Caryl Churchills
play, CLOUD NINE in May. As resident dramaturg, I am looking
for the music for the songs mentioned in this work. I understand
that you worked on the music for the production with Ms. Churchill.
We need the melody for the songs. Could you please contact me
about the music for this play. I appreciate any assistance you
may provide. Sincerely
- Christine Boulton
- Hi. Have just bought The Great
Stampede CD sounds as good as it did when I first bought
it on vinyl so long ago. Great.
- Joan Ludlam
- A friend of mine who I work
with claims she was on the RCA album. Shes the tall blondfe on
the back cover with a sheepskin and shades. She was then Hilare
but is now Chloe Bissell....anyone out there remember her, it
would be such a treat. Cheers
- Eivind Trana
- Hi.. I was lost to The Liverpool
Scene when hearing "The Entry of Jesus Christ Into Liverpool"
and "I've Got Those... ". A Bread On The Night"
was a remarkable LP for me, just turned 15 then and open to everything.
Someone stole it from me after some years. Does someone know
where I can get the music back? I have tried and tried to find
some (at least) MP3's of "The Scene" on the Net, but
nothing found until now. Please, help me.
- Suzy Bourke
- Hello there, I am really really
hoping that you may be able to help me. We are currently in the
midst of rehearsals of Cloud Nine at the Almeida Theatre, and
I know that Andy composed the original music for the piece many
years ago. However, the first song in the piece is called Come
Gather Sons of England, and on the original script states that
it is copyright of Anthony Wilkin 1902. I am now presuming that
there is an original score somewhere of the original song, and
I would love to know if Andy has this, or it was indeed something
totally created from scratch. If you could get back to me I would
be most grateful. We are in the first week of rehearsals, but
I know that our musical director needs to crack on with this
as soon as possible. If there is any information that you have,
that would be brilliant. Many thanks
- Ezmerelda Gorey
WOW! ANDY ROBERTS!! I'm
constantly amazed at the breadth of the net. I LOVE the LIVERPOOL
SCENE!!! Though I only have one album "The amazing adventures
of" My friend and I stumbled upon it back when we were 16
and tripping on LSD, found it amongst her parents records but
no-one seemed to know anything about it. What a mind bender coming
on to Acid and listening to Tramcar to Frankenstein!! Can you
image?? It just blew our minds. We wore though several taped
copies of it and I lost access of the original LP in the break-up
and after searching high and low for years I finally found another
copy of "The Adventures of " hanging out in a groovy
lil record shop in Berkeley, CA. It has been and shall remain
on of my favorite records of all time, I simply must turn everyone
I meet on to it. in fact I'd like to start a MYSPACE fan site
for TLS. if that's ok with you.I'd be happy to get it started
and turn it over to you. I'd really like to hear the other albums
too and find out WHERE I can get my hands on this CD!!! I checked
amazon and they are out, itunes doesn't seem to have a clue.
Can you help me out here- Can I buy them from you???
WOW- this is wild! Best to you.
- Stephen Terrell
- I'm trying to request some information
about Andy's show (which I saw!) CENSORED SCENES FROM KING
KONG. As a director-choreographer and the head of musical
theatre at Emerson College in Boston, I've been interested for
years in getting hold of the script and score for a possible
production. Any way it's available?
- Al Simms
- Hi Andy, Just discovered your
web site. I saw you with Grimms about 30 years ago - a very enjoyable
gig. I bought a copy of 'Home Grown' on RCA in 1974 for 50p in
a cut out rack as I knew your name from Liverpool Scene albums,
Grimms, Scaffold etc. I have to say, all these years later, I
have got rid of tons of vinyl, but this album is one I still
love and would never willingly lose. Every now and then I dig
it out and sing along. I know every note sung and played on it.
- Louis van Londen
- Last year I bought the excellent
3 CD box set SCARBOROUGH FAIR. On it was a haunting song by Andy
Roberts. Now my question to you is if you could, please, send
me the lyics of Andy Robert's arguably greatest song The One
Armed Boatman and the Giant Squid. So far I have not succeeded
in finding its lyrics, so hopefully you can help me out.
- ARM Web Weaver
- Better than
that Louis, we've now loaded the lyrics to the 'LYRICS PAGE'. HERE >>
- Jez Rippon
Does anyone have any
contact information for Pat Donaldson the bass player ? Thanks.
- Untidy Barry
Its strange how AR runs through
my record collection and gig going memories and somehow I hadnt
quite noticed how much. One of my biggest debts of gratitude
is for the lyric in Songs of the Stars that opnede my ears to
Tammy singing Almost Persuaded. Hitch hiking to buy In Search
..... and riding on the tube in suitable costume on my way to
se Grimms at ULU. Anyhow my Untidy buddy and I have been spurred
by such reminiscing to post a Scaffold retrospective at www.biguntidy.com and would welcome comment
criticism and correction from visitors, this site was a good
help and general memory nudge, thanks.
- Barry Eaton
Hi, Have just downloaded
2 video clips featuring Andy from the early 70's. The first is
a gig from The Olympia in Paris 30/6/71 featuring Ian Matthews,
Andy & Tim Renwick from Quiver. It's 5 songs long (although
the last one is cut as the credits roll). Amongst the songs is
Radio Lady featuring Andy's lead vocals. The other is Plainsong
at the ICA, London Oct.'72. 2 songs- Call the Tune & Truck
Driving Man plus interview. They cost 6Euro each to have permanent
downloads or 2 Euros for 8 hour access. The site Is: www.ina.fr/archive.
Search Ian Matthews and you'll find them. To download you need
to get a DviX player (which I downloaded free, using google).
If anyone does down load them, you can burn them to DVD. What
I can't do though is get the burnt CD to play on my PC, laptop
or DVD player. Anyone does it please let me know how!
- Thomasina Dearlove
My friend Lesley and
I saw Andy and Roger Gough at the Epsom Playhouse last night,
it was a great evening, I came away with a spring in my step.
Andy has an extraordinary talent that I've not seen in a long
- NIck G
Great website - somewhere
to point those unbelievers who just look blank when I mention
bands like the Liverpool Scene, Plainsong and the
Grimms! One thing, as an occaisional torturer of music
at the local pubs' acoustic nights I would love to be able to
do some of Andy's songs, is there anywhere I can buy or beg the
music? Alas I am as yet not accomplished enough to copy directly
from the songs to guitar so help would be appreciated. The songs
I would like to be able to do are The Raven, Moths And Lizards
in Detriot, and to cheers things up, 64. Thanks in advance.
- Rita Davies
We often used to go to
Liverpool's Everyman Theatre in the late 1960s to see The Liverpool
Scene and later The Scaffold. I was then a young art student
at Liverpool College of Art - Roger McGough used to be a part-time
tutor & taught us general studies! This was just after he'd
written 'Monica'. Can't wait to see Andy & Roger at the Sheffield
Crucible on 29th October, should be a nostalgic and entertaining
- Rebecca Maltby
I'm sorting out the archive
for what was the Perrier Comedy Awards (Now Intelligent Finance
Comedy Awards) and am trying to figure out the line up for 1984's
Hank Wangford show that was nominated in August of that year.
Is anyone able to enlighten me as to what the lineup was at that
time? I can't quite establish if it is before or after Andy Roberts
left the band. Many thanks
Hello, Thanks for the
excellent Andy Roberts site, bought back a few memories ! I just
wondered if you had any news of Dave Richards who used to play
bass with Andy, I knew him when I was in my teens in Ealing,
but the last time I saw him was about 35 years ago. I doubt if
he would remember me, but I sometimes wonder how things panned
out. All the best.
- Louis van Londen
Last week I bought SCARBOROUGH
FAIR; the best of ENGLISH FOLK (3 CD), which included an incredible
song of Andy Roberts: 'The one armed boatman and the giant squid'.
Now my question to you is if you could please send me the lyrics
of this song (for educational puposes only). I would like to
thank you in advance. With kind regards,
- Alan Collins
- Ever since a magical evening
in Bristol many years ago, "In Search of Amelia Earhart"
has always been the first choice on my list of albums to take
to that desert island. My old worn out vinyl has now been replaced
by the CD, and will probably soon have to be replaced again by
the new double CD! However, I was always disappointed not to
be able to get "Bold Marauder" on vinyl or CD, as I
still remember it as one of the highlights of that first concert.
Now, having found this website, I see that it was available all
the time on "..And That's That"!! However, I can't
seem to find anywhere to get hold of it!!! Can anyone help? Is
it out there somewhere??
- David Edwards
- Thanks for the write-up of the
2006 Bonzos gig at the Astoria. I'm glad that you thought the
audience was superb - I was in it! To my eternal regret I never
saw the Bonzos in the 60s, but did see GRIMMS 3 times in the
early 70s, as well as Viv's Big Grunt (or was it Gargantuan Friends,
or both?) and RR Spear and his Giant Kinetic Wardrobe at the
Roundhouse (along with Ron Geesin, I recall). Of course, I've
got all the records and I listen to them often. It's Very Important
Art. Best wishes.
- Dennis Homes
- Its been a real delight
reading the pages on this site, Ive long admired Andys
work and this website has brought back very many memories. Back
in 1969/70 I had a three piece band managed by Sandy Roberton
and we did quite a lot of gigs as support act to The Liverpool
Scene. My band was called Synanthesia and I played vibraphone
and guitar. Prior to this I had been a bass player in quite a
number of bands, but this was my first endeavour as a group guitarist.
Id regularly watch Andys fingerwork, and can remember
watching him play The Raven at a gig and then going backstage,
grabbing my guitar and trying to work out his playing technique!!!
- There are a number of gigs that
we did alongside the Liverpool Scene that really stand out in
my mind. Manchester University in the spring of 69 was
a great evening with John Peel as the compere. The Marquee Club
in July that year was also quite outstanding. This was around
the time that The Liverpool Scene did the Isle of Wight Festival.
My own band went down a storm that evening, but that was nothing
compared to the rousing reception that Liverpool Scene got. These
were the days of bands travelling up and down the motorways in
rusty old transit vans, cramped up between speakers and guitar
cases. I can recall that when our old van finally died on us
we borrowed The Liverpool Scenes van while they were away
on their American tour. Another gig that comes to mind was shortly
after they returned from the States. Sandy Roberton promoted
a concert at St. Pancras Town Hall to showcase some of his September
Production artistes. Also on the bill that night was Jeremy Taylor,
Robin Scott and Keith Christmas. This was where I first heard
Andy sing Moths and Lizards in Detroit, a truly poignant
song performed with great sensitivity. Ive always admired
the way he could jump with great ease from rock nroll and
comedy to soulful folk ballads.
- We also supported The Liverpool
Scene at Warwick University where they did a live recording.
Their Bobby and the Helmets routine went down really
well and they ended the evening with a wild and impromptu rock
nroll medley, (Long, Tall Sally, etc)! But probably the
best gig that we did with them was at Mothers in Birmingham on
31st December 1969 where we said goodbye to the sixties and welcomed
in the seventies in real style.
- A few tracks from my bands
Synanthesia album have appeared on compilation albums alongside
Andys. In 1970 we were both on the 49 Greek Street compilation.
Then in 1972 on both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Club Folk albums.
And then released just last month (January 2006) the 4 CD boxed
set Anthems in Eden (an anthology of British and Irish folk music)
on Sanctuary Records includes tracks by Synanthesia and also
Andy with I Saw the Movie, a truly beautiful song.
- Andy, over the years youve
proved yourself to be the all-round musician in the most creative
sense of the word. Long may you continue. Im still gigging
at folk clubs, but solo nowadays. You never know, I might catch
up with you at a gig one of these days and Ill buy you
a pint! Cheers.
- Mike Walters
- Yeah... good old Andy Roberts-
a much under-rated guitarist. With Peely's sad demise, I got
to playing my old radio recordings of The Man, and realised just
how blinkin' good Liverpool Scene were. Stan McCarthy always
had excellent taste. We..ell, I'd forgotten just how good Andy
was...an opinion I've formed mainly, I must admit , through my
wandering through my old radio recordings of the Peel Show. John
always was a great champion of Andy's work. Nice to note that
me old mate Stan McCarthy agrees!
- Stan McCarthy
- Great web site which brought
back memories. My university days were spent at Liverpool and
I lived in a hall of residence in a room facing that of Andy.
Recall listening together to R&B records amongst others.
Remember 'Through The Looking Glass Boutique' and John Gorman
noticing a name etched on the wing of a 2 ton GPO Telephones
van we had parked outside - twas 'Nellie'.
- Remember bumping into Andy again
in Corby where I had gone to work after Uni - Liverpool Scene
were playing there. My daughter Ellie(14) raves over one of the
albums in my vinyl collection - it is 'Home Grown' - the original
RCA one. Music that stands the test of time!
- Dave Cliffe
- Hi, Just got a copy of "Just
For The Record" and what a real pleasure it is to hear
the music again. I last saw Andy when he appeared with Plainsong
at The Citadel at St Helens and what an excellent night that
was. Hope this is just the start of Andys back catalogue being
released on CD. Thanks for all the music.
- Pete Rose
- I have been searching for years
for a single from 1968 by the Liverpool Scene called "SON,SON"
- is it available anywhere? are there plans to re-release it
in the future? could you please advise me accordingly? I think
it was out on RCA.
- David Haslam
- So many Andy based memories
all re-triggered by the wondrous "Just for the Record Compilation".
As a student at Birmingham University 1967 to 1972, I saw the
Liverpool Scene over and over and over again at Mothers - one
of the greatest clubs ever. Andy's guitar playing on Love Story
still remains one of the most stunning examples of guitar that
I've ever heard. And up in my loft, on a pile of reel to reel
tapes, I have a recording of Andy and Roger McGough doing Summer
with Monika at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. Even thinking
of that brings a tingle down my spine. And now the inevitable
is going to happen - a re-buy of all Andy's work, replacing my
vinyl with CD, then onto the i-pod. Thanks so much for this site.
- Tim Saunders
- Andy, Thanks for sending me
the "just for the record, the solo anthology"CD, It's
great to hear the dream tree sequence, and many of my other favourites
again. I still have nina & the dream tree, the great stampede,
and all of the liverpool scene albums in my old record collection,
but they never see the light of day now in this cd age. I see
you have plans to re issue the great stampede on cd, are there
any plans to re issue some more of the older liverpool scene
albums. I am particularly thinking of the st adrian & co.
broadway album. I always loved night song, from that album, it
always brings back many happy memories for me. Keep up the fine
- Eddie Gaines
- The long awaited article on
Andy is in this months Record Collector and what
a revelation it is - detailing many facets of Andys long
career from the very early days. I did not realise that Andy
was born in Hatch End this is close to where I grew up
myself ( South Harrow ) and Hatch End was a regular playground
with my friends in the sixties. I wonder if Andy ever bought
any records in his youth at South Harrow Market or the
Greengrocer shop in Harrow both rich sources of
rare and undiscovered vinyl. Elton John or Reg
as he was known then - was also regular at the South Harrow Market
record stall in particular when he was feeling a bit low
getting a shot of vinyl always bucked him up somewhat - and probably
helped him with his session work when he was doing covers for
the cheapo labels did Andy ever do any of these sessions
himself? I can remember going to see Andy at the Shakespeares
Head in Carnaby Street soon after the Liverpool Scene ended
probably one of his first solo gigs really good night
or so it seemed to me at the time no doubt Andy will have
his own views / self criticisms of those times. Still think that
the first Pop Prom at Royal Albert Hall with Blodwyn Pig and
Led Zeppelin was an all time greatest Rock Music moment- in particular
when all 3 bands were on stage together for the encore! Last
saw Andy playing great guitar with the Neil Innes and the remaining
Ruttles unfortunately not featured in the article - last
year in Bristol Shangri La for now
- Chris Merlinai
- I met Adrian at the london Arts
Theater Club back in 1968 when the group were there. I also have
a copy of son son from that time although a bit scratched these
- John Pearse
- Hi, I really would like to get
back in touch with Andy. Since I moved to the States in 1978
I have completely lost touch with him. I am now living in a medieval
town in Southern Germany, relaxing and gigging again. Please
pass my address on to him. Thanks!
- Justin Silver
- I really enjoyed the Andy Roberts
website. Thanks. If you are able to contact Andy, please tell
him this is Justin Silver, Bernard Silvers son, and I currently
have the Kriwaczeck String Organ. Paul Kriwaczek recently helped
to get the instrument working again, which is no small feat,
considering how ancient the electronics all are.
- Mike Coker
- Hi, Love the ARM site and have
been looking for some of Andys old stuff for years. Any
idea where Id get a copy of the Yellow Dog album and particularly
the track for whatever its worth?
- hello. my dad has a 45 single
its on a rca victor rca 1762 of son son from 1968
- Mark Moerman
- Just wanted to say how much
I enjoyed your website. I just played my "Best of Andy Roberts"
CD and was inspired to see if there was a website for him. I
run a website devoted to the Charisma and B&C labels, and
thought you might be interested in the page I have recently put
up about Andy at my site which links to yours. It includes a
photo I took of Andy in 1990. I had the pleasure of meeting Andy
on a few occasions in the early 90s when doing Nancy Covey's
(Mrs Richard Thompson) tours to the Fairport Convention festival
and other musical events. I saw Andy play with Neil Innes in
Edinburg in 1992, and we had him a couple of times in our private
boat concerts on the Thames. One year they had Mike Berry doing
sound on the boat, and one other fellow and I helped Andy and
Mike lug equipment off the boat afterwards. At the conclusion
of this, Mike remarked, "Get these lads some Lucozade or
- Keith Hodgson
- Glad to see that Andys site
has now been expanded and is fully up and running. Logged on
a while ago and got nowhere, it seemed to be still under construction.
Knew Andy back in the sixties, I was always with Mke Hart &
Adrian, which leads me to pose the question...Could you give
him a mention, please? I know that it is AR's site but for old
times sake...and where are Percy, & Brian?
Yes O'Connors Tavern is still there, but it has changed hands
and names that much it bears no resemblance to the original.
Come back Jimmy Moore. Have got that ' Nostalgia sickness ' that
we all get as we grow older, and have started to collect all
the songs from those days...TLS, Mike Hart, and yes even Andy
Roberts. At least I now have somewhere to go, somewhere that
takes me back
to the good old days, and somewhere that will keep up to date
with what Andy's doing. You never know, I may turn up at a 'gig
one of these days!!! Best of luck Andy.......did you ever get
- Eddie Gaines
- I have just read your John Peel
recollections which resonate with my own recollections and memories
of John as a DJ - turning myself on to the music of my time.
I can remember him playing Country Joe & the Fishs
Electric Music for the Mind & Body - still overdue for the
type of appreciation of the Forever Changes type. I remember
listening to you in the Liverpool Scene over several weeks doing
a residency for the first pilots for live sessions. John was
the compere wasnt he? Led Zeppelin also played on these
and I saw you all playing at the first Pop Prom at the Royal
Albert Hall with Blodwyn Pig in tow. Seeing you ( all 3 groups)
playing a final encore together was one of the greatest live
moments I can remember. The live Sunday radio sessions that John
hosted gave an excellent platform for many new bands and this
obviously led the scene at that time. Johns ability to
recognise new music trends was second to none and his vision
and more importantly family values and young spirit will be much
missed. Enjoyed seeing you with Neil Innes and the Admiral John
Halsey in Bristol Fleece & Firkin earlier this year.
- Malcolm Chambers
- I have just come across your
web site by accident and was impressed!! I have also been trying
for ages to track down a copy of Son Son by the Liverpool
Scene and like one of your other correspondents, have tried to
contact the Beeb but did not get a reply. Can you help me please???
- Tom Noble
- I've seen Andy on numerous occasions
- supporting Steeleye Span, with Grimms, with Roy Harper, with
Plainsong and recently at Newcastle Opera House with The Rutles.
I once interviewed him for a local radio station after a Roy
Harper gig and he was a perfect gentleman. But my overiding memory
is of seeing Grimms at Newcastle Poly and being 'invited' (grabbed
out of the audience!) onstage as a stooge during part of the
show. I was terrified, wondering what they were going to do when
I heard a reassuring voice from behind me saying 'Don't worry'.
It was Andy. Incidentally, is it likely that the second Plainsong
album will ever see a release on CD? Not the demos but the real
thing - it does exist, somewhere. Plus will Urban Cowboy be reissued
at some point. My vinyl is wearing out.
- January Musson
- Hi there. I'm trying to get
some lyrics (& music if poss) for a couple of Andy Roberts
songs which my band would like to play. I used to play with (Young)
Iain Campbell & have a tape of Tex Maniacs doing Ten Ft Tall
& Bullet Proof amongst other gems but can't make out the
lyrics clearly. i'm now in australia playing in a band called
Gone Fish'n'. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Cheers
- Bryan Higgins
- I came across Andy in 1974 when
I found a copy of Nina and the Dream Tree LP in a Sheffield record
shop going for 69p. The next week I found a copy of Home Grown
in the same record shop for 59p. 30 years have elapsed but Andy's
"Nina" LP is still by far the best record I have ever
bought. Beautiful lyrics, well sung and timeless.
- Dave Roberts
- I am no relative (well...at
least not immediate) of Andy's and, until 1991/92, had never
even heard of him. It was then that I saw him performing with
Iain Matthews at a strange but wonderful folk-rock festival in
an Arts Centre in Bracknell and was simply bowled over by his
guitar playing. I reckon Plainsong's "Dark Side of the Room"
came out not too long after that and that would have been the
first thing I ever purchased with Andy on it - great album too
(in my opinion probably the best Plainsong album, even shading
Amelia!). I think I've only seen Andy on stage on two subsequent
occasions, once in Burgess Hill in 1999 on the Plainsong "New
Place Now" tour when Clive G. was briefly in the band. Then
the following year at Cropredy 2000 as part of the trio "Plainsong
Lite" (IM, AR and MG) which was actually billed, as I recall,
as just IM and AR. So just 3 sightings and no meetings. Enough
to convince me, however, of the man's unique and fabulous talent.
Unfortunately, in the sense that it caused me to miss the IM
/ AR duo tour in Spring 2001 at which they were flogging A to
B, my work brought me to Vienna at the beginning of 2001. IM
came to Vienna in May or June 2001, I think with Ad Vanderveen,
but it is a location which has remained sadly off limits to all
other members of the extended family of Great British folky rocky
performers ever since (with the exception of another venerable
Brightonian - Allan Taylor, with whom I had an illuminating conversation
about, inter alia, Nick Drake, after an extremely intimate concert
he played to about 40 or 50 connoisseurs in an Adult Education
Centre 100 yards from my abode at the beginning of October).
- Dave provided ARM.com with
cover images of the Nadia Cattouse EARTH MOTHER and 49 GREEK
- Harold Walton
- What a lovely surprise!! Great
site, first saw the Liverpool Scene at The Magic Village off
Market Street in Manchester (Roger Eagle on the door!!!)..Then
with the Bonzos at the Free Trade Hall (A Viv Stanshall dummy
was thrown from the balcony in a mock fight!!) finally saw them
with Led Zepplelin and Blodwyn Pig at the same venue..Liverpool
Scene were indeed a special band..strange days indeed..they dont
make em like that anymore..keep making the music Andy All the
- Pete Cownley
- Can anybody help in tracking
down a copy of "Son,Son" by The Liverpool Scene, please
? My best mate had a copy but his younger brother sold it, along
with most of his treasured vinyl collection at Romford Market
(he wasn't pleased!).
- and later
- Many thanks - I really appreciate
your response, even though I've got more chance of finding a
hen with teeth climbing a beanstalk. I guess I'm just an old
git trying to relive the days when music (not to mention those
who made it!) had character and originality. My last success
was finding "Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal" by
Dr. Strangely Strange on their Kip of the Serenes album. Not
everybody's cup of tea perhaps! All the best
- Ian Pyper
- I've just come across your site
whilst on a nostalgia trip regarding the Liverpool Scene. I used
to go to the Liverpool Poly Art College in Hope Place/ Street
(1972-1974) and often used to see Adrian Henri coming out of
his house in Mount Street. I also used to go to O'Connors Tavern
on a regular basis and Mike Hart's occasional appearances always
left me in awe ('Gliders and Parks' always left me feeling quite
sad for some reason!). Thanks for keeping the memory of TLC alive.
- Nigel White
- Hi there, Good site, Andy doesn't
look too bad considering how long ago it was I last saw him.
It was when we were in a band together called 'Blues en Noir',
quite a good band I seem to remember, if Andy remembers, get
him to email me. All the best.
Just thought I'd send a few words of thanks for the Andy Roberts/Liverpool
Scene/ Adrian Henri site.
I was shocked when I heard of Adrian's death and continue to
be shocked that this highly creative person hasn't been fully
celebrated afterwards by reissues of his work - where are the
rest of the Liverpool Scene reissues on CD? Where are the collections
of his readings and broadcasts - over the years there were many
broadcasts involving Adrian Henri that must be in BBC or personal
archives. As everyone who's heard him would know, Adrian's poetry
takes on an additional dimension when he spoke it. I only had
2 LPs - St. Adrian co. and Recollections (now lost) but I bought
the BGO reissue of Bread on the Night etc recently. You say there's
a story to the reissue but I can't find it on the site. Well
done on your work, and good luck with further endeavours.
- Martin J. Gee
- After having been introduced
to the Liverpool Scene by a couple of my older friends, I have
written an article. I'm actually a musician and poet myself and
not a journalist; the article was written for my own satisfaction
and because I feel more people should be aware of the wonderful
music created by yourself and the other members.
- With this in mind - I have sent
a copy to Mojo Magazine, a natural home for the Liverpool Scene
I believe. Quite what the chances of them either reading an solicited
article are, who knows - but nothing ventured etc, etc. If I
do hear anything from them I'll let you know; in the event of
them being interested, an interview with yourself would be a
- The article is attached to this
email - any problems reading or printing it, let me know and
I'll pop a hard copy in the post to you.
- To conclude, the article is
based on a lot of my own opinons and interpretations, so if I'm
way off the mark - do let me know. Anyway, thanks for the great
- Ramon Perruolo
It was a great pleasure
to find this web about Andy Roberts career. I was delighted reading
the interview and others articles I enjoyed too much.It is a
shame that next generation of young people won't enjoy the music
of this great guitar player just because it doesn't exits any
of his albums in the long ago common cd format. I find hard to
understand how it is possible such a mistake from the record
industry or whoever have the blame. I will keep cross fingers
in the hope some day it will be possible the reissue of the entire
Andy Roberts Catalogue, including additional works with The Scaffolds,
Grimms, Plainsong and all the collaborations he did along his
very interesting career.
Please, you will be very kind to e-mail me news about this matter
or any possible gig to come around England, it's going to be
a huge pleasure to have your news. Hope to hear from you soon.
- Gail Muir
This is a bit of a long shot really! I stumbled on your brilliant
site while trawling the web for information on the Liverpool
Scene...about 2 or 3 years ago my partner and I were listening
to the Sounds of the Sixties in completely different houses when
the Liverpool Scene came on with Son Son. We called one another
to say "did you hear that?" and have been trying to
track it down ever since. We even contacted Radio 2 but they
didn't see fit to reply. We're married with our own son now and
I'd really like to find a copy for my husband's birthday. Do
you have any idea where we could find one? I've tried specialist
record shops and fairs but to no avail. Anyway like I say it's
a long shot... Thanks for your time and keep up the great work
on the website.
- and later ...
- I was going to email you today
actually to ask if you had access to the lyrics anywhere because
as I recall it's a beautiful wee poem ...
- and yet later ... we sent Gail and Bryan a cd copy of Son,
- The package did indeed arrive
last Friday...THANK YOU! First time back online since then so
I haven't had a chance to let you know that you made Bryan a
very very happy bunny!
- He was shocked but absolutely
delighted and we both couldn't really believe how much we'd remembered
of the track despite hearing it just once such a long time ago.
Ah the wonders of the internet...don't know what I'd do without
it sometimes. Thank you very much for being so kind. I've been
extolling the virtues of your site to all and sundry so I hope
some good will come of that.
- Thanks again...best wishes...Gail
- Charlie Dixon
- Cracking site! Where are the
sounds though? We need some MP3s of Andy's music. Have you noticed
how the value of Andys old albums has risen these past few years.
I managed to keep hold of all my older stuff despite several
house moves and a couple of kids. However I can't be the only
one who feels that a couple of newer CDs is well overdue... come
on Andy, stop making other peoples music. Your own is what we
are waiting for. Sorry my enthusiam got the better of me.
- Henry Block
Can you please tell me where I can purchase a copy of the ' New
Liverpool Scene Album' on CBS label (1967)and about how much
would it cost?
- Roger Norman
- Is Plainsong CD Voices Electric
still available, please? If so, where in UK can I get it?
Have enjoyed the few Plainsong gigs I've been able to get to
in Bristol (including one in 1971!), plus the original album
and New Place Now. Thanks for all of it.
- and later...
- Thanks very much for getting
back to me. Since I emailed you I've tracked down Voices Electric
through Musicstack to a German dealer - I should receive it soon
providing there are no hassles over the method of payment! Sorry,
I've got no pix of Plainsong. The gig in '71 (or '72) was at
Victoria Rooms in Bristol and also featured Harvey Andrews. There
was a misunderstanding between him and the band caused by an
unsavoury character called Fleet, whose main interests were financial
rather than musical. Harvey and the audience were led to believe
that Plainsong were, in some unexplained way, being prima donnas
and trying to do Harvey Andrews down. The result was that the
band got a lukewarm reception which was wholly undeserved - they
played brilliantly, finishing with an anthemic version of a Richard
Farina song. Can't remember the title but part of one line was
"And Christ will be..." (
I´m Meikel from Dortmund and I saw you with Plainsong here
in May. I just want to signe you Guestbook but dont know how.
I want to thank you for a beautiful evening of Music. I really
enjoy this Concert. So I´m looking forward to see you again.
- Pauline Griffiths
- Mad drunk Shropshire woman (circa
1965) let lose in Liverpool- Kelvin Grove bedsit party - sends
apologies for being so drunk and stupid!!! Appreciated early
talent- even on an old beat-up guitar not yours- impromptu blues?
With a knife held against the strings. Heard you on radio 4-
backing Roger's live poetry. I am now a very sober (dull and
boring?!!) citizen- married 30 years- two daughters, three grandchildren-
teaching Dyslexic children- I've got an M.Ed and a P.G Cert SpLD.
Still like music-and poetry. Not surprised you've ended up as
a musician of some standing and well respected. Spoke to Brian
Jacques when he visited our school to speak to the children-
he remembers all the Liverpool Scene people. Best of luck, always.
- and later ...
- We were all young and daft way
back then. In fact Andy was one of the more sensible ones. He
just loves his music- always has! Found this beat-up guitar-
started to play-WOW!
- Florian Kräutli
I'm a swiss student and I'm about to do a talk on Adrian Henri.
Actually, we're supposed to present a poem, it's writer and his
time. While browsing through a collection of poems I came across
the poem "Batpoem", which I liked very much. Now I
saw that there's a recording of this text. I'd like to hear the
track, but unfortunately my student-budget doesn't allow me to
buy a double-album just for one track. So I ask you kindly if
you could send me the "Batpoem" as an mp3 or similar.
I'd be very grateful and I promise that I won't use it for anything
other than my talk. Please!
- John Stephens
- Well, well, well, after all
these years, Andy Roberts finally gets exposure across the world!
Andy - you are a great guitarist who really deserves a 'new '
awakening. What chance of a new CD? What about Greatest Hits
Volume 2, with 'Bluebird Morning', 'We Bid You Goodnight', a
couple of others and the rest comprising of the 'Urban Cowboy'
- Rebecca J Turney
- I have just been surfing your
site and was wondering if you could help me. As part of my Drama
Course, we are running a version of cloud 9. However, in the
play, there are several songs, and in our scripts there is no
indication of the tune.We're having a few difficulties making
our own tunes, as 'come gather sons of England' is starting to
sound like Jingle Bells! Many sites I have looked at metion Andy
Roberts, as he has composed music for the songs? If Andy Roberts
did compose the music, do you know how I could get hold of it?
If you do know if the music exists, or if I could get hold of
it, I would much appreciate your help.
- and later ...
- Thank you very much for your
help! I'm studying at Cricklade College in Andover, Hampshire
(UK). The course im doing is the BTEC National diploma in Performing
arts. We do not have a set date for when we are performing Cloud
Nine yet, as our director has a baby due.
- Alan Deane
- Hi there, hoping to get a note
to Andy. We played together in sessions in 1974, I'm a Los Angeles
guitarist. Clues are that (1) I had just left a Johnny Rivers
tour on a bust-up, and (2) our album was for Liverpudlian Brian
Farrell, with Zoot Money and Jerry Conway.
- DO you know where I could get
a copy of Plainsong's A to B CD? Many months ago I thought I
had secured a copy from Greg Boone but it did not come to pass.
- Phil Cooper
- I have got several of Andy Roberts'
solo albums because of his being listed as playing dulcimer on
Richard Thompson's "Henry the Human fly" album. Always
enjoyed his guitar work as well. I bought several other recordings
later, because Andy was a sideman. "Bottom of the Garden"
and "Poison Apple Lady" are songs I've liked since
I first heard them. Since discovering this site, I found other
songs and instrumental riffs from Urban Cowboy going through
my head these last couple days. And you can't forget "Queen
of the Moonlight World" and "One Armed Boatman and
the Giant Squid." These days, I'm in a group playing mostly
traditionally oriented music, but I've always had a fondness
for any music Andy's been a part of.
- and later ...
- It occurred to me the other
day that you might find this yarn amusing. I was asked to do
a three or four song filler set at my significant other's coffeehouse
in Chicago the weekend after the September 11 attack. The coffeehouse
is a "folk vaudeville show" (several acts doing short
sets). I was mostly planning on performing several somber songs
for the occasion. On the song before last, I gave the audience
the choice of something "further down the road to despair"
or something "tastefully humorous." The first voice
to speak up said "humorous." So I introduced and sang
"Bottom of the Garden." After my set several people
commented on how much they enjoyed the song and that while the
song was sort of relevant to what was going on in the world,
it was great to hear the situation in a lighter mode.
- and yet later ...
- I'd always heard rumors of Plainsong,
but never heard the recording. I liked the guitar work Andy did
on Iian Matthew's "If you Saw Through My Eyes" and
"Tigers will Survive" (recordings I probably wouldn't
have bought if I hadn't seen Andy's name on the credits).
- Chris Patterson
Aged 8 in 1970, I had the good fortune to have three older brothers
into all kinds of stuff. Amongst this "stuff" was an
LP...Liverpool Scene...amazing adventures of. I
was haunted by the songs about hamsters, batman, gliders, parks
I am now nearly 40 and have spent many waking hours trying to
to find this valued treasure from my youth. To all who took part
and collaborated, I thank you. To anyone with a copy on vinyl
or if it has been transferred to cd, any chance of a copy. Thanks
again, best wishes to all.
- Mark Scadding
I live in Orkney. Basically
I'm writing to ask you as an Andy Roberts virgin, what would
be a good album of his to buy. Being a Roy Harper Fan, I've heard
Andy's name come up a lot. Good wishes to you, excuse my ignorance,
- Rebecca and Mike
- This is a research request for
Hank Wangford. We are due to write a book about Barney Bubbles
who was a designer that Hank had involvement with. We saw your
site, and it seems you are in contact with Hank. Please can you
pass this email to Hank? Thanks for any help you can give us.
- Dusty Durst
- I thought you like to know I'm
playing your music in the midwest U.S. on KCLC-FM 89.1 I first
heard you years ago with the Home Grown album and still
play it. 24 hrs. is my favorite. I'm also playing Plainsong your
voice is so distinctive. count me in as big fan.
- The dream goes on
- Angela Hallam
- I've just been chatting to a
friend of mine, Bubs White! Then I thought I'd check out the
Bonzos on the web, found your home page and the albums with the
portrait I painted! So I thought I'd email you and say Hello!-oh
and hello from Bubs as well!
- and later ...
- I originally painted the portrait
of Andy 30 years ago when I was a 17yr old schoolgirl!! I was
a fan of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band who discovered Andy and his
music at the tender age of 14. I was earning money from painting
portraits of actors appearing at the local theatre, as well as
some of the Bonzos, Monty Python and others such as Keith Moon.
I had already met and got to know Vivian Stanshall through sending
him his portrait, and when Andy came to my home town of Coventry
to appear with Viv, I took the opportunity of painting his portrait
and and selling it to him. I also got to meet the Monty Python
crew through similar means and kept up a correspondence with
Michael Palin for some time after that period.
- I then went to Art College,
studied Theatre Design, and ended up designing and making football
mascot costumes (photo below). As well as for football clubs,
I have made costumes for TV programmes such as Skinner and Badiel's
Fantasy Football League - A Furry Statto,and "Dream Team"'s
Dragon mascot. I have also produced costumes for radio stations,
newspapers and holiday camps. I don't think I have any other
art work to show from long ago, but I do have plenty of pictures
of mascots! Curiously, I have actually spent time this Christmas
painting my first portrait for probably 20 years, and feel I
would like to revive this part of my work.
- I knew Andy had used the portrait
as an album cover as I met him again just a few years ago. However,
I only discovered his web page recently and finally saw the two
covers where my work appears. Very strange after all this time!
- Look out for a book later
this year about football mascot costumes - Angela is one of the
- ANDY ROBERTS WRITES...
- Angela Hallam is a really nice,
very talented woman. It's so great to hear from her again. We
last met on a Words On The Run gig at Coventry Belgrade
Theatre about 6 years ago. It's good to have her input on the
site. I gave the original of her painting to my mum, who still
has it beautifully framed and on her wall at home. In fact I
had to borrow it to get it copied for From Time To Time.
Back then I had no idea where Angela was, but I gave her all
due credit in the liner notes.
- Dave Ellison
- Just found your site - brings
back memories of The Liverpool Scene and O'Connors, a great period
in my life. O'Connors - overflowing with talent; so much so,
they had to sit on the pavement outside to get their album cover
done!! The Liverpool Scene must rank alongside the greats like
- Paul Bartlett
- Thank you for a great site of
a really great musician. With my lady Julie we were at the Beverley
gig on 29 April. Simply wonderful to be taken back to Liverpool
and Essex Uni of the late 60's/early 70's. We were great fans
of the Scene and later Grimms but never caught Plainsong live
- although Amelia Erhart remains a favourite. The one track I
would have taken to my desert island would have been Nina and
the Dreamtree sequence (but Mostly Autumn is also a strong contender
www.mostlyautumn.com). Is there any chance of ever hearing it
played live? I also love Yellow Disease but it is personal as
I'm a crop protection scientist and there are remarkably few
songs about plant pests and diseases, despite how incredibly
damaging they can be for people and societies. We saw, and chatted
to, Andy and Adrian at the 'Shed' at Brawby a couple or so years
ago. Tell Andy how sad it was to learn of Adrians illness and
death soon afterwards. It was their wonderful collaboration which
was always the greatest attraction of Liverpool Scene etc. I
have no idea how much rehearsal they needed, Andy just seemed
to naturally echo every nuance of Adrians writing. I have also
enjoyed hearing Andy with Roger McGough on radio 4 in recent
- We also saw Iain at Fibbers
a few months ago - mentioning it last night he mentioned remembering
the venue for the noise. Tell him that he is far from alone,
our daughter went to the Chris Helme acoustic gig there also
last night and left early because of the noise - and Chris is
very much Fibbers own; Roy Harper got angrier about the noise
in there than Iain did.
- Apologies for rambling - but
it is wonderful to pick up the traces again. I just hope that
Andy and Iain are not reminded of 'Clowns on the road' too often!
Now to listen to the new CD - and lovely to know that the protest
- and later...
Thanks for the reply
and for the comment about Andy being chuffed. Not as much as
my Lady Julie and me were to be able to chat so easily to Andy
and Adrian at the Shed a few years ago. A very strange venue
of tiny village hall on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors - all
swirling fog getting there and back. [after 20+ years adrift
in an outer London suburb we realise we are townies and love
York - which has a brilliant music scene].
Like a lot of our generation (if you were at the Phil then I
think I'm on safe ground making that assumption) we have come
back to music now the kids are well on there way. We always had
quite eclectic tastes - Buffy St. Marie records brought us together
in 1966 at school when we also listened to a lot of blues. But
in her early days at Essex Uni we saw the Scene and were totally
hooked - I still remember their opening "Tramcar to Frankenstein".
This was in a lecture theatre which meant there were lots of
desk tops to bang! We saw them a number of times afterwards -
although usually in Essex and not Liverpool - I did Applied Biology
at the Poly. Nowadays we enjoy an absolutely outstanding prog
rock band - Mostly Autumn http://www.mostly-autumn.com/ which
is nothing like LS or Andy. However, I totally agree that the
fun bands were great - by any chance were you at the Poly on
Byrom St. when the Bonzos played and there mates (most of the
Who) came along after finishing at the Empire? Talking of which
we also caught Neil Innes more recently in York when most unexpectedly
Andy was with him.
and yet later...
I have just found I have a poster from the Grimms gig at the
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Wednesday 28 February (1973 I think).
It is very similar to the first album cover - multiple ducks.
I saw them at Manchester Uni (possibly just the day before) as
well as at the Phil. As a member of the Liverpool Polytechnic
guild (student union) executive I had access to used posters.
Andy isn't mentioned on the poster but I seem to remember he
What I really wanted to ask was whether Andy has any recollection
of a Liverpool Scene gig at the London 'Roundhouse'. I would
guess it was spring 1969 (as my girlfriend/wife wasn't with me
but we knew the band from her first year at Essex Uni and she
was away at Uni in Portugal that term). Even by the standards
of the later 60's it was unusual in that went on all night (broke
up about 06.00 from very vague memory). It had multiple 'acts'
doing their pieces (mostly poetry) with the 'Scene playing sets
in between. What was of long term interest was that the entire
evening/night was filmed, but I have no idea what happened to
that film - it would have cost a lot to do as this was a professional
set up almost certainly using 35mm stock (video, of course, was
not available then).
- Hello Paul, sorry I didn't realize
before that you obviously hadn't got copy of Home Grown on Rca
complete with its insert, if you need it I can scan it. Unfortunately
it was folded, so Andy's photo is in bad condition, but musicians
info and eventually lyrics are in good shape. Just let me know!
all the best
- David Rogers
- Hi Andy, i've just been looking
at your web-site, what an impressive career !. I'm still playing
guitar, or trying to anyway, i've just brought myself a 1965
Epiphone Rivera 12 string, which i'm really happy with and have
put it down since I got it !, i've been playing along to many
Beatles songs especially the one's off The Hard Days Night album
which George uses his 12 string Rickenbacker on (great sounding
but a bugger to play !), my Epiphone is much easier than the
one I tried anyway.
Anyway I hope that you are ok & no doubt you are keeping
busy, do you still get time to do any
- Jack Wolworth
- Andy just ran across your site.
Jack Wolworth here. You know piano arrangements for "Patch
Work" over in the U.S. of A. If you get this give me a shout
I've got something to share with you. I think you'll get a kick
out of it. My home phone is the same as it was when we were working
on your "Oz" project. So if you still have it and care
to, call if you like. If this is not you Andy, would who ever
you are pass this on to him.
- Peter Milne
- Really enjoyed the site. I have
long admired Andy's work and had the great pleasure of seeing
and chatting with him last year on the Plainsong tour. I look
forward to reading news of Andy's new projects in due course
- hope Plainsong get back on the road again soon. Any chance
of helping me track down a copy of the Plainsong Live in Austria
CD? I've tried everywhere without success and am desparate for
a copy! Best wishes
- Barnes Newberry
Terrific website. I am very impressed with the work that has
gone into this. Congratulations! I am trying to contact Andy
about getting a copy of the recent A to B cd that appeared on
his past tour with Iain Matthews. I met Andy a few years back
in London and we did correspond briefly. I have a radio show
here in the Boston area and would love to play cuts from A to
B on it. I play a good deal of Iain and current Plainsong, but
would like to get some Andy and older Plainsong in as well. I
realize there is not much available of him on cd...yet(?!).
If there is any way you could pass this note to Andy, I would
be very happy. My radio show is called Highway 61 Revisited,
and is obviously, a nod back to the singers and songwriters and
folkrockers of the 60's and 70's. I also add newer artists who
cover the "old" songs which makes the circle complete.
In addition, older artists who are still making fine music are
aired. The nice thing is that I play what I like, not what I
am told to play. You may access the site at www.wumb.org
It is broadcast from Boston and is accessible from anywhere in
- Francis Hamlyn
- I was wondering if you could
help me. I have been trying to find a copy of Andy Roberts' original
music for the Caryl Churchill play 'Cloud 9'. I am particularly
interested in the Hymn-like piece, celebrating the Victorian
Empire, which the play opens with. If you could advise me where
perhaps purchase the sheet-music or even listen to the song being
performed it would be a great help.
and later ...
Of course I'd love to tell you what we're planning. It is for
an 'A' level study group in 'Theatre Studies' at my school. Being
a musician myself, although not a particularly good one, I was
asked to come up with some kind of music for the opening song.
Not really knowing about this style of music or the original
performance I decided my best option would be to find out as
much as possible about the original music and then possibly write
something with a similar style and flavour. Thanks very much
for the agent's details, I shall write to or phone them soon.
- David Goodhand
- This is fantastic!!! I have
been a huge fan of Andy's since his 'Home Grown' days and saw
Plainsong at Southampton University in the dim and distant past.
I have been hunting for his works on CD and have finally tracked
down a 'Best of' (although this does not have later work) plus
the Plainsong CDs. Andy deserves to be lauded amongst one of
the most creative and talented musicians England has ever produced
and he never received recognition for his talent. The best thing
I can say is that my 19 year old son is a fan and has been playing
all my old LPs to his mates!
- Thanks for the site it's tremendous!
Keep up the good work and when can we get 'Best of - Volume 2'
- Bill Martin
Wonderful site. Andy now is being given his proper due. 2 questions
for you. Are any of Andy's lp's ever coming out on cd ? Any way
I can get a cdr of the mini Plainsong disc. I asked Iain &
he is out of them also. I haven't seen Iain since he moved over
to Holland but we do email each other. You may know me, I put
Orphans & Outcasts 1 & 2 out when I was with dirty Linen
some time ago & used to do some bookings for Iain.