|Type of post:||Choir news item|
|Posted By:||Simon Broad|
|Date Posted:||Sat, 19 Jun 2021|
Q: What's your role in the Telfordaires?
Andy: I am currently Tenor Section leader and also Membership Secretary.
Q: When you’re not singing with the Telfordaires, what other music-making are you involved in?
Andy: I sing with John Ellis (one of our basses) and a few friends in a House Band called "Accidentally Acoustic". And also with some friends in a three piece: "Skins, Wires and Combs", performing at Open Mic nights at The Crown, Oakengates.
Q: What three records would you take to your desert island?
Andy: Difficult task that! I think I would take ELO's Greatest Hits, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and Ultravox Greatest Hits. lol
Q: What else do you like to do to relax?
Andy: I enjoy watching and playing football, watching Ice Hockey, I love gardening, walking and birdwatching.
Q: It’s your birthday dinner - what’s on the menu?
Andy: Chinese buffet or take away meal
Q: If your house was on fire, what one item/ object would you run in to save?
Andy: My Fender Catalina Guitar
Q: Many barbershoppers are self-taught musicians - are you?
Andy: I'm not, as I had guitar lessons at school and music lessons with a tutor.
Q: When did you first get into barbershop?
Andy: I attended a Learn to Sing course with The Telfordaires, originally just to give my Dad some moral support but was immediately hooked! I had my audition after the course and the rest, they say, is history!
Q: What’s been your most memorable barbershop experience or performance?
Andy: With The Telfordaires it has to be our Old Man Sketch (at the BABs annual convention) - that was such good fun! With the Cottontown Chorus it would have to be singing in Las Vegas at International Convention and my first gold medal.
Q: Which barbershop singer, quartet or chorus do you most admire? Who has influenced you most?
Andy: I would have to say "Reckless Quartet", as all the lads have given me so much encouragement since I have started singing chorus and quartet, especially Dale and the two Andys - Fun and Foz.
Q: And finally, what do you love most about the Telfordaires?
Andy: I think it would have to be the camaraderie we have within the chorus and that I have made some very good friends there and also been fortunate to sing with some great musical directors.