Andy has played DOUBLE BASS and BASS GUITAR with many artists including:
4 Hero, Laura Mvula, Eska, Natacha Atlas, Carleen Anderson, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Mark Murphy, Rumer, Lou Rhodes, Ursula Rucker, Omar, Shea Seger, Larry John Wilson, George Soule, Bonnie Bramlet, Nitin Sawhney, Annie Ross, Chris Bowden, Boris Grebenshikov, Mor Kabasi, Macadi Nahhas, Cara Dillon, Tracey Thorn, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Tim Minchin, Tim Vine, Lee Mack, John Hegley and Harry Hill.
Also Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Tommy Smith, Labi Siffre, Jim Mullen, Petula Clarke, Midge Ure, Gary Bartz, Ernest Ranglin, Ibrahim Maalouf, Reggie Watts.
He has plucked, strummed and twanged his way through Australia, Austria, the Azores, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, the Channel Islands, China, Crete, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonnia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy,Ireland, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourgh, Macedonia, Monaco, Morrocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, and the USA.
In Spring 2003 he released his first solo album, ‘BEE FOR BASS‘ featuring many of the great artitsts he was working with at that time.
Andy has produced 3 albums with his wife, singer songwriter REBECCA HOLLWEG,
‘June Babies‘, ‘Orange Roses‘ and the new album ‘Country Girl’
(now available from www.rebeccahollweg.com)
Also on BBC Radio 2 Janice Long said, ‘I love her talent…just a beautiful sound, great vibe’.
Mick Houghton (Sandy Denny biographer) gave the album 8/10 in UNCUT, ‘another delightful batch of tunes’.
John Lewis, reviewer for The Guardian, Metro and Uncut said, ‘exquisitely crafted and beautifully sung with sun-dappled lyrics and heart-wrenching chord changes’.
Andy has produced albums for two members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britian.
TONY PENULTIMATE ‘Adventures in Gibberish’, and HESTER GOODMAN ‘You could at least Smile’, on which Andy plays a solo on the sensibly sized ukulele!
Andy’s produced 2 albums of children’s music for JANE RUBY, the first released in 2008 is entitled ‘The Naughtiest Kitten in the World’. Her follow up album, ‘My Dog Ronnie’, features Andy’s daughter Ruby singing, playing kazoo and crunching vegetables! He is currently working on Jane Ruby’s third album.
Andy also produced the song ‘Miss Moon‘ for singer songwriter/artist/novelist JEB LOY NICHOLS. It’s available on the B-side of a 200-copy limited edition 7″ vinyl record on Rob Ryan’s ‘Reach Around Records’. There’s a short story called ‘Apples‘ by Jeb on the A-side and the record sleeve has beautiful illustrations by Rob Ryan.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES‘ Albert Hall Prom gig
In summer 2011 Andy joined forces with some Vikings, English Monarchs, Cleopatra and a certain long tailed rodent. Catch him plundering the bass parts on youtube…
Andy is thrilled to be on violinist JULIAN FERRARETTO‘S debut cd as a leader. Entitled ‘Near‘, it features Julian’s wonderful playing and beautiful compositions along with pianist Robert Mitchell and drummer Justin Woodward. They also played together on an album of fantastic songs by singer songwriter (and Julian’s wife), ELIZABETH McCOLL. www.elizabethmccall.com
Although often asked, Andy doesn’t wish he played the flute. He does however play the equally portable CHROMATIC HARMONICA!
You can hear him huffing and puffing on ‘Mounqaliba‘ and ‘Expressions‘ by Natacha Atlas, ‘Days are Mighty‘ by Jeb Loy Nichols, ‘You could at least Smile‘ by Hester Goodman, ‘Orange Roses‘ and ‘Country Girl‘ by Rebecca Hollweg, ‘My life in Pieces‘ by Parry Ray and ‘Windshadows‘ by The Tony Woods Project. He played bass harmonica on Nerina Pallot‘s song ‘Grace‘ and a solo on Orla Murphy’s Stevie Wonder tribute album ‘Wonderous Visions‘.
The London Evening Standard said….”Her group catches the spirit, particularly pianists Jonathan Gee, Aron Ottignon and bassist Andy Hamill, whose soulful harmonica solo on Visions is truly a thing of Wonder.”
Andy recently had the huge thrill of playing harmonica with Annie Lennox on ‘There must be an Angel’.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySbzg77JsIQ ‘Country Girl’ album launch gig
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ali3121P-Rg Andy and Rebecca playing ‘How Sweet it is’ watch out for the silly bass solo!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXlC4RxOG-0&ob=av2e recording the Burt Bacharach song ‘Alfie‘ with Rumer
Andy played the double bass and some bass guitar on this brilliant album by singer songwriter LAURA MVULA
‘Like the morning dew’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn_AHzit2JE
‘Green Garden‘. www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akYnlwubDo
‘That’s Alright’ www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYjHixQ9Ns4
a fun trio session with Eska and Philip Achille – ‘So Long Eddy’ and ‘She’s in the Flowers’
www.blackcabsessions.com/#eska playing reggie in the back of a taxi!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy2kfepV45I more reggie outside in winter in London
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q59B_Cn4DU4&feature=youtu.be ‘So Long Eddy’ with band
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdObPNAWANw Eska and friends and a very musical dog! (Barn Sessions)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoHBkgKsppY She’s in the Flowers (Barn sessions)
With my hero and friend, the late Mark Murphy on a date in Paris…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlNKZ9-K0nM ‘Just in Time’
www.youtube.com/watch?v=48wR7rZ2utE ‘My Foolish Heat’
With Natacha Atlas in Paris. There’s a little harmonica solo at 30mins 45seconds and a short bass solo 40 minutes in.
Here’s a short solo on my ‘bassica’ (or ‘melodibass’!) – see left. It is from a Natacha Atlas gig and starts at 31 mins 42 secs