Andy Smith - Bass Guitar
affectionately within the band as ‘The Crow’, Andy is the band’s
oldest member - although to watch him on stage you wouldn’t think
so! Although he has ‘only’ been with the band since their third
album he has connections to the band that go back many years.
He was introduced to Liam Davison (former Mostly Autumn 2nd
guitarist) in 1994 while working as a lighting engineer. At that
time both Bryan and Liam were playing in a pre- Mostly Autumn band
with Brian and Andy was asked to do some lighting for the band.
However, this was short lived as the band split up several months
later and Bryan started to concentrate on a project he already had
Around this time Angela, who Andy had met at university in 1993,
started helping out with lighting work and they went on to form
Pyramid lighting with Mostly Autumn becoming one of their first
customers. Consequently Andy has witnessed hundreds of Mostly Autumn
shows and seen every line up the band has had and can testify to
just how much the band has changed and evolved.
In 1998 the bass player at the time (Stu Carver) got married and his
honeymoon led to a three week requirement for a temporary bass
player. Andy was asked to fill in and then continued to play
occasionally whenever Stu was unavailable.
Eventually an increasingly hectic schedule led to Stu leaving.
However, Andy was unfortunately already committed to another band
and so another replacement was sought. Finally though in May 2000
after a Sunday morning phone call from Bryan he at last joined the
line-up. Three days later Andy performed his first gig as a
full-time member. In fact it was only at this gig that he first met
then drummer Jonathan Blackmore (who had only joined the band a few
weeks earlier) just as the “Night Sky” keyboard intro started!
With a stable line up the band went into the studio to record “The
Last Bright Light”. The next two years were hectic including playing
the first Mostly Autumn European gigs, new festivals, the band’s
live first DVD, signing to Classic Rock Productions, gigs in the
USA, and support tours. Things have continued to become even busier
for Andy and the band with countless gigs, more live CDs and DVDs
and of course four more studio albums!
Andy’s influences are firmly entrenched in the 70s (which is hardly
surprising as he played his first gig in 1975!) and include The Who,
the Rolling Stones, Free, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Fleetwood.Mac
etc. He’s also but has also played in many different types of band
over the years. But never one quite like Mostly Autumn!
Quiet and mild-mannered in person, the spirit of rock engulfs Andy
and transforms whenever he picks up his bass and goes on stage!
Somehow he manages to be able to underpin the band with his rock
steady bass lines while managing to leap off drum risers in the
finest rock star tradition. And he’s not averse to donning a pair of
cool-looking shades at the slightest excuse. In fact Bryan has been
quoted as saying that one of his favourite pastimes is watching Andy