Monday, January 26, 2009

Andy Eastwood

Found this CD " Ukulele Mania" on the ACE label (2004) in a charity shop today for a pound. Always nice to hear old George Formby songs given an airing. We saw Andy on the Ken Dodd "Happiness Show" in Llandudno a couple of years ago and he was very entertaining. I can see why he is much in demand on cruise ships and these touring "wartime" revues like "We'll Meet Again" etc. It has also been signed by Andy and dedicated to someone called Jean. The uke played on the CD is a Gibson UB3 that was once owned by George Formby himself.

His website says -

"Andy's expertise derives from experience - he entered showbusiness as a child and studied classical violin and piano. But he also developed a passion for jazz and pop and went on to make history at Oxford University by being the first musician ever to give a degree recital on the ukulele! He is now described as one of the world's foremost exponents of the instrument.
Andy traveled the world in cabaret before the legendary Ken Dodd gave him a break into theatre work and he has now performed at many of Britain's most prestigious theatres in a variety of productions, including the hit wartime revue We'll Meet Again, with which he has toured the country five times - giving over 350 performances - portraying one of his showbusiness heroes, George Formby!"

Find out more at Andy Eastwood's website.

Andy Eastwood - He Played The Ukulele As The Ship Went Down

Andy Eastwood - The Lancashire Toreodor

Andy Eastwood - With My Little Stick Of Blackpool Rock

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