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, Rebecca Hollweg, Rumer, Lou Rhodes, Ursula Rucker, Omar, Shea Seger, Larry John Wilson, Nitin Sawhney, Annie Ross, Chris Bowden, Duncan Lamont, Boris Grebenshikov, Tanya & Nicki Wells, Mor Kabasi, Macadi Nahhas, Luna Cohen, Heather Bambrick, Randolph Matthews, Tracey Thorn, Cara Dillon, Martin & Eliza Carthy, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Tim Minchin, Tim Vine, Lee Mack, John Hegley and Harry Hill.
Also on the odd occasion with Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Tommy Smith, Bobby Wellins, Stan Tracey, Labi Siffre, Jim Mullen, Didier Lockwood, Martin Taylor, Petula Clarke, Helen Shapiro, Midge Ure, Jesse Rae, Will Young, Willard White, Tony Hadley, Gary Bartz, Ernest Ranglin, Debashish Bhattacharya, Ibrahim Maalouf, Reggie Watts, Lisa Knapp, George Soule, Bonnie Bramlet, Charlie Dore, Karrin Allyson, Ian McMillian, Ballet Rambert, and The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
He has plucked, strummed and twanged his way through Australia, Austria, the Azores, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, the Channel Islands, China, Crete, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonnia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourgh, Macedonia, Monaco, Morrocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, and the USA.
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 the songs ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘One Day I’ll Fly Away’, ‘Somerset‘, (& bass harmonica on ‘Come Home To Me‘) by Rebecca Hollweg‘;
Layered unaccompanied harmonicas on ‘Fresco’s Interlude’ from ‘Mounqaliba‘, & ‘La Shou El Haki’ & ‘Fresco’s Interlude’ from ‘Expressions‘ by Natacha Atlas;
‘After November’ & ‘My Kind’ from ‘Days are Mighty‘ by Jeb Loy Nichols; and on ‘Somnambulaire’ from ‘You could at least Smile‘ by Hester Goodman.
Also on ‘Anytown’ from‘A Contribution To The Arts’ by Simon Higdon; ‘Bitter Sweet’ from ‘Windshadows‘ by The Tony Woods Project; ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ & ‘Every Breath You Take’ on ‘My life in Pieces‘ by Parry Ray.
‘Indiscreet’ from ‘Light On The Ledge’ by Julie McKee; on ‘1969’ & ‘Reunion’ from ‘Under The Setting Sun’ by jazz singer Peter Jones; & Bass harmonica on a new version of ‘Apres Ski’ by Tony Penultimate.
Andy also played bass harmonica on Nerina Pallot‘s song ‘Grace‘, and a took a regular sized harmonica 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.”
(On a very enjoyable gig with Annie Lennox, Andy tooted some harmonica on ‘There must be an Angel’).