IN THE HOT SEAT: Andy “Woollster” Woolley

Type of post: Choir news item
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Posted By: Simon Broad
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sat, 19 Jun 2021


From Oakengates to Las Vegas with Telfordaires' tenor, Woollster. 


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?
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?
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?
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? 
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.