Andy Gunn is sadly one of these special artists who’s lived what he sings and has been through a lot, but, like many a blues musician, Andy’s been gifted with 9 lives... His music, life story and determination have really inspired and he was recently heralded as ‘a great lost Scottish talent and one of our finest ever blues players’. When Rob Ellen wrote ‘Andy Gunn is the blues’, he was referring to the deep personal tragedies that have affected Andy’s life and health.
Born with Haemophilia, as a child, Andy was one of the patients affected by blood products contaminated with HIV and Hepatitis C in the 1980. For many years, Andy campaigned to bring justice for his fellow victims of the contaminated blood scandal. These protests eventually helped to bring ex-gratia payments to others who were affected by the tragedy. These infections played a large part in him falling into the world of alcoholism and addiction as a teenager, he has now been in recovery for many years and tries his best to give back to others suffering from depression and addiction in the community.
“Too Many Guitars to Give Up Now” hasn’t been the easiest to make, having been suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy (numbness) in his hands due to his ill health Andy had to fight on to produce this remarkable record. Inspired by a conversation about owning an embarrassing number of guitars, when asked “how many do you have?” all Andy could say was “put it this way, I’ve got too many guitars to give up now!” and so this album was born.
Recorded on an analogue system to retain that warm classic blues sound the album was recorded live over two days due to Andy’s Peripheral Neuropathy. His determination and strength as a guitarist is truly inspirational, This is an record as real as the life he’s lead through the ups and the downs. Andy can articulate the blues like no other, his optimism, style comes across on this record and transends words live. Seeing him perform is an electrifying, uplifting and unforgettable experience. When Blues in Britain described Andy’s music as ‘a resounding triumph over adversity’, they were on to something.
Going from strength to strength, and playing gigs throughout the UK Andy will be on touring to support the release of this record alongside some of Scotland’s finest musicians, please see his UK tour dates below..
2nd Balintore Inn, Balintore 9pm
3rd Wick Assembly Rooms 7:30pm £7
10th Blue Lamp, Aberdeen £15, £10 concessions
16th Stramash, Edinburgh 7pm start
17th Stereo, Glasgow 7pm £8
23rd Eden Court, Inverness 8pm £13
24th MacPhail Centre, Ullapool 7pm £7
8th Cluny, Newcastle £8
9th The Whisky Jar, Manchester £8
10th The Magnet, Liverpool £8
11th Half Moon, Putney London £8 (£10 on door)
17th Smokestack, Leeds £6
18th The Maze, Nottingham £6