Having spent much of his adult life as a travelling musician in the fields of folk and traditional music, Andy now divides his time between performance and scholarly pursuits in traditional world music. Andy’s entrance to the world of professional folk music began with the creation of his own group “Mad Pudding”, who released four CD’s in the late 1990’s and performed widely across 2 continents. Now as a song interpreter and specialist on Celtic rhythm guitar, he plays with several of Canada’s most respected, unique and exciting acoustic musicians including Pierre Schryer, Zav RT, and The McDades, with whom he won a JUNO award in 2006. Andy is a former member of the JUNO nominated vocal ensemble, Musica Intima.
Andy is also an accomplished choral director and the former musical director for Vancouver’s Universal Gospel Choir and the Sarah McLachlan Outreach Choir. He is currently working towards his PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto with specialization focused on the music of the late Canadian fiddler/composer Oliver Schroer.