A guitar player in his teens, Andrew was converted to the bass by his then advertising industry boss the late Barry Richardson, bass player and lead singer with iconic 70’s pub rock band Bees Make Honey. Barry got Andrew a dep gig standing in for bass player Charlie Hart with stars of the north London blues/country/rock scene Juice On The Loose, featuring, amongst others, guitarist/singer Ron Kavana, Fran Byrne and Bam King (both ex-Ace), and Geraint Watkins (session keys man for everyone famous). In such vaunted company Andrew realised very quickly that he was totally out of his depth musically. Fortunately for JOTL, Charlie retuned after a couple of months and, inspired by their level of musicianship, Andrew vowed to head for the shed and get his 'bass act together'. In the mid 80’s,and after a lot of work, he joined north London rock/blues band High Roller fronted by ex-Iron Maiden/Prayin’ Mantis guitarist Bob ‘Angelo’ Sawyer. Four years of hard gigging on the London circuit was just the training he needed…but, maybe sensibly, he gave it up for a career in advertising, only seriously picking up the bass again in the noughties to join Finchley’s Americana/Blues stalwarts Rangoon. After moving back to his home county of Buckinghamshire in 2014, Andrew met up with drummer Andy Bunker, and for a couple of years they played in covers band Nightjars with singer Suzy Pool (now Suzy Rose). After the demise of the NJs they recruited piano player and singer extraordinaire Andrew Mayne and, after a long and painful search, eventually found the amazingly talented bluegrass singer/songwriter
Hayley Carlyon to put together a new band called The Climb...
…"by far the best band and best musicians I’ve had the pleasure of playing with since Juice on the Loose. So here I am again, out of my depth…but this time I’m hanging in there. And anyway, I own the PA!"