About Andrew Clermont and Bands
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Andtew Clermont is a chameleon multi-instrumental musician from Bluegrass to Indian, Scandinavian to Oldtime.
Has toured with various essence of Australia & US country music and rubbed shoulders with the cools of jazz and classical.
A 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ and a Director of the Golden Fiddle Awards in Australia!
Tours of 2019
Kavisha Mazzella plus Two if by Sea (March)
Goldheist (July East Coast NSW)
The Borderers (here & there!)
BluGuru - October (Tasmania)
Bluegrass - Made in Taiwan! - November
Special tours late Oct/ Nov 2016 - 18
The Apostle String Band Tour with Paul Wookey, Pete Fidler, Andrew Clermont
plus James Gillard on Bass (we'll call it The St James Version)
plus Montz Matsumoto (first lap) & Paddy Montgomery (last week!)
more info in "Latest News" link above!
In Sept/ Oct I can be found as Zen Tripitalia with Scottish electric guitarist, Chris Blyth (Berlin & Barcelona) @ Townsville & Magnetic Is.
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club
Featured at Woodford, Tamworth & Fairbridge Festivals plus the National Folk Fest,
Clermont melds peoples musical strengths and inspiration into a "wild wood" with few limits
- in it's 22nd official year. 2 Triple CDs plus many DVDs of captures!
He finally created an all encompassing event, highly regarded & cherished across many Festivals
- not only originally hosting the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest, it also allowed the creation of most orchestration possibilities
in the name of Country(s) & Folk Music with a fellowship of youth & wissen who stop at few borders or genres.
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club included 100 players in 2013!
Sup Club Live Recordings are distilled into - 7 CDs and many DVDs (including Tuition)!
Sounding like "Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of 'Oh! Brother Where Art Thou' while dancing in Rio!",
they feature the sublime voice of Parvyn Bennett (+ Percussion, Mandolin & Indian Dance);
Josh Bennett (Adelaide Fringe Award Nominee for Best Music) - Guitars & Mandolin to Sitar, Dilruba, fiddle & Tabla. Both also feature in super group Bombay Royale;
And chameleon Andrew Clermont, who is also a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot - 30 years touring - from Tom T Hall, Dya Singh to Totally Gourdgeous and Golden Fiddle Award director!
They are distilled from a vibrant world touring history with a 3 part harmonised twisting tale of gone Bluegrass/Celtic/ Blues/ Swing/ Jazz/ Indian adventure.
BluGuru was born of the Dya Singh world touring - gleaning influences from each festival and act met. It all rubbed off and became distilled into the trio featuring the sublime voice of Parvyn ( with Percussion, Mandolin & Indian Dance - also seen with Bombay Royale), Josh Bennett (Guitars & Mandolin to Sitar & Tabla - Adelaide Fringe Award Nominee for Best Music and the ONLY invited foreigner performer at India's 14 day Saptak Music Festival of Festivals!) - . And chameleon Andrew Clermont, who is also a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot - 30 years touring - from Tom T Hall to Totally Gourdgeous!
Plus special guests include cellist Rachel Johnston or Octave Violinist Shenzo Gregorio (Electic Stunt Orchestra & Fourplay) with big smiles all round.
School Concert / Dance Workshop Youtube in Friland School Denmark (Koncert På Feldballe Friskole) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2-Elui4ZBjo
"Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via The Muppets!"
Voted Best Live Folk Act by Australian Folk Alliance 2008
All are playing Gourd instruments luthiered by Penelope Swales - Legendary since young (Gourd Guitar, Gourdalin, Stomp, Aslatuas, Chinese Hulusi Gourd Flute), Mal Webb - from Lano & Woodley to Glastonbury Solo (Gourd Bass, Mbira, Gournet, Voice-box), Carl Pannuzzo - Smallest Stadium Band in the world to Woodford Fire Event Choir master (Gourd Djemba, Percussion, Guitar), Andrew Clermont - a nutso player from Dya Singh to Tom T Hall (Gourdiddle, Gourdalin, Guitar) and all with Gourdatious Vocals to produce a manic, organic musical experience, punning pathos, heartfelt hilarity & messages of love, fellowship and environmental sanity. www.totallygourdgeous.com
on pause is
All Corners - Rachel Johnston & Andrew Clermont
Multi instrumentalist Andrew Clermont and cellist Rachel Johnston present an eclectic and colourful collection of tunes sure to delight lovers of multiple-string textures, spontaneous improv and quicksilver instrumental virtuosity- this is acoustic music-making at it's sparkling best.
Andrew Clermont is touring with formidable and feisty cellist Rachel Johnston (formerly 7 years of the Australian String Quartet (!) and toured 2 with Missy Higgins) with a selection from the tips of Scandinavia through UK to inner Outback & Oldtime. Tantalising and soaring are the works. Curious & twisted are the stories and songs. Clermont is with new sensuous double size Mick Moffat F5 Mandola along side the Gilchrist F5 Mandolin and Roger Buckmaster Fiddle, beside Rachel's Luis & Clark "near glowing" Cello, plus Clermont's 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ maneuvers and haunting "cast metal" Didgeridoo. A feast to behold.
Occasionally touring/ appearing with Mal Webb on unique Mouth Music Beat Boxing
Andrew Clermont - Teacher
Gleaning from near 30 years of Festival Workshops/ Schools/ Private & Group lessons, Clermont has specialised in a bridge for the people who learnt violin at some time, likely classically trained but are perhaps stuck at a progress plateau. Clermont can come to you or you to him or even take a DVD path. This Crash Course to Fiddle gets your bowing rhythms & lilts up & running for the multitude of fun Bluegrass/Celtic/ Swing tunes, plus lowdown Fiddlin` Blues & Country. A simple introduction to modes of scales, reactive and interactive playing, going ballistic and easy improvisational possibilities (also available for Mandolin, Guitar or Didgeridoo).
A further overview of workshops
As Clermont applies the workshop hinged on the actual attendees needs, the following is just a guide.
The aim is to get you beyond where you are, in the time available.
Specific tuition in : -
Separate CRASH COURSES TO MANDOLIN/ FIDDLE/ GUITAR all include the following:
How to make what you play, sound like it was always meant to be there. Slotting into someone else's genre/style, recognising and adopting their idioms and producing the appropriate accompaniment. Rising above and around your Musical Plateau;
PLUS DETAIL IN:
SOLOING FOR FIDDLE AND MANDOLIN - from Blues to Happy Days. A simple introduction to modes of scales; reactive and interactive playing; going ballistic; Improvisation is but a few notes from where you are now!
A CRASH COURSE TO MANDOLIN - DVD support. Pick techniques , achievable Chords, Accompanying, Soloing and a bit on how to go ballistic, musically :-) Includes a leaning to the blues
A CRASH COURSE TO FIDDLIN' - DVD support
Bowing - in particular the shuffles, lilts, trills and a step by step path to soloing safely and effectively. Includes a leaning to the blues and definitely an easy conversion from Classical to Folk fiddling.
A CRASH COURSE TO FLAT-PICK BLUEGRASS/ FOLK GUITAR - DVD support
Includes applying Guitar to Fiddle tunes and the most volume you can extract from your instrument per effort. Rising above and around your Musical Plateau; useful accompaniment and a bit on how to nuts in performance !
GUITAR OPTION: Master Class Championship Bluegrass Flat-Picking - Book & CD support
LEARN TO PLAY DIDGERIDOO: - DVD support
Sure-fire techniques to crack the illusive circular breathing - then the journey begins.
Demystifying SOUND MIXING/ BAND ENGINEERING -
focused on live mixing: equalising the whole sound system (and the band players!!) : extracting the Real tones from the instruments and voice, pre-amps, pick-ups & microphones: stacking the odds and players in your favour for a successful mix & performance - and most importantly - keeping it simple!
Clermont annually includes sound-sorting at numerous Festivals - and head of production at Mildura CM Fest, France Folk Gathering, Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention, Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Fests
plus the "epic" 35 hours over 8 days Supper Club at Tamworth Festival.
Andrew Clermont Bio
Clermont has finally settled down, nestled in a happy handful of bands with 5 or 6 instruments and appeared in Austria/ Kenya/ USA/ Canada/UK/ Germany/ Taiwan/ Malaysia/ Hong Kong/ Singapore/New Zealand/ and Australia wide through the last decades!
For 20 years now he's been 'pumpkin powered' in Totally Gourdgeous (Voted Best Live Folk Band '08); Distilled a magical trio BLUGURU from epic tours with Australia's multi-awarded/cultural Dya Singh World Music Group (LA to Toronto to London Royal Albert Hall) ; 3 time Bluegrass National Guitar Champ and straddled the 'cutting hedge' with The Lawnmowers, and soaring widely with the 22 years of his Supper Club gatherings;
however now touring mainly with Josh Bennett & Parvyn Kaur Singh on their BluGuruTours!
Andrew initiated the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest and is a Director to the Golden Fiddle Awards. These are both sponsored by Epoch Violins with Andrew touring the unique 5-string models while also sponsored/ assisted by Maton Guitars, Gilchrist Mandolins and White Swallow Banjos plus now Clearview IT and Better Care Central NSW.
There are up to 30 CDs & assorted Tuition DVDs (Fiddle/Mandolin/Guitar/Didgeridoo) with a recent addition of the "Being There" Big Pics multi-photo series prints. These pics can blow up to vertical door size & house wall widths & dimensions though typically the A3 size is bought.
All in all a true smorgasbord of sound and vision
The last 22 years have seen Andrew Clermont’s International Supper Club grow to full swing with artists from Tibet, Italy & Nepal to Texas, Oklahoma & Taiwan and many of Australia’s own unique Voice to Dance & Instrumentalists presented. Andrew is delighted to have this ‘Fringe Festival’ (15 shows!) develop in his home town - via the Tamworth Country Music Festival primarily, but also gathered at Woodford Folk Festival for many years, National Folk, Pt Fairy, Fairbridge Festivals and way up to Tallin in Estonia and even Berlin!
Born in Adelaide in 61 and soon a ‘legend’ at his Primary School concerts, Andrew has now resided near Tamworth for most of his life; trained horses to ride off into the sunset on and taught/ mentored a string of adventurous musicians across the country through workshops, visits & lessons both direct & on Video.
His love of acoustic music gained him 3 Bluegrass Guitar Championships (now a judge) and a Golden Guitar with the Three Chord Wonders at the beginning of his working life. Then there was the Noses of Fame & Hands of Fame (Tamworth & Barmera) inclusions in cement!
There is a bold bunch of beautiful daughters & grandsons plus family from Adelaide through Tamworth to Berlin, Germany. Funnily enough it’s the regular touring that keeps a large element of family contact rolling along.
He is a tall, colourful and exuberant regular at many festivals - even providing sound production to suit some of them. The only Artist to Fairbridge Folk Fest to be invited to all four showcases of Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar & Gospel + Musicianship Award winner at Frances Folk Gathering + a regular host of Fiddle Round Robins around the country.
But some fancier fiddling footwork is often more publicly seen with friends like The Borderers, Tamerisque, Kavisha Mazzella, Pat Drummond, The Waifs, Jeff Lang, Xavier Rudd or from USA - Tom T Hall, Kate Campbell, Colin Brooks and ….
somewhere near you soon!
Recordings, Internet, Videos & Photos
There are some 30 or more CDs which present Andrew in the various groups, Solo and with various collaborations. Most can be sampled at the extensive www.andrewclermont.com.au website with many travel stories, photos world wide, and Concert Emovies to download. Also waiting there are samples of the 4 Tuition Videos, and an entire ‘House’ of photos & linked pages to glean a more personal insight to the last decades of world traveled music from the chameleon, Andrew Clermont.
Maton Guitars, Gilchrist Mandolins and Epoch Violins with close relations to Tucker Barrett Instruments, White Swallow Banjos and Swales Gourd instruments -
plus now Clearview IT and Better Care Central NSW.
Andrew now has several festivals for which he provides & runs the sound production as well.
The Bands -
Andrew Clermont's Supper Club
BluGuru (Josh Bennett, Parvyn Kaur Singh & Clermont)/
Goldheist (with Hester Fraser)
Totally Gourdgeous (OZ & Europe) / The Borderers (quite often)
Zen Tripitalia (occasionally)
The Lawnmowers/ Fiddlers Festival (Tamworth to Tokyo)/ Terra Australis (Multi-Awarded Bush Band) /
Dya Singh (Nationally Awarded World Music Group - SA to USA, UK & Malaysia)
Celtic Conundrums (Snow band!)
Other occasional collaborations through the years -
Elizabeth Lord & Leigh James/ Tania Elizabeth (Canada)/ Willow Stahlut- Kemp/ Greg Champion/ Pat Drummond/ Donna Reynolds/ Xavier Rudd/ The Waifs….
The Festivals annually attended -
Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention (for most of 35 years)
Woodford (30 years!), National & Pt Fairy Folk Festivals, Frances Folk Gathering (all of them!)
Mildura Country Music Festival (production & Awards player during the last decade)
The Supper Club (22nd year in 2020) a 'Fringe Fest' to Tamworth CM Festival
(been going to it since 1983)
Andrew Clermont BIO Overview
From watching his brother & sister learning music, Clermont was soon singing The Seekers songs at infant school in Adelaide. A few years tuition, a "Guitar Favourites" record from the folks, "The Ventures" from sister and "Dark Side of the Moon" /"Led Zeppelin" from brother; add 9th year English teacher, Geoff Bridgland's, introduction to Bluegrass (as a school elective!) and the seeds were sown.
Funnily enough, the school music classes never turned him on. He just appeared at the end of year concert, bewildering the music Dept.
Even before high school finished (I think there was a school mates band called Jaguar), Andrew was co-ordinating gatherings of musicians in school/ church halls for big jams.
Somehow that form has stuck. Recent years gatherings at Woodford World Music festival with up to 14 on stage - from aboriginal chants, Indian lilts to the fiddle fraternity plus Blues, Bluegrass & New Acoustic devotees.
Leaving the louder electric realm for acoustic timbres, the formative years with his brother Alex, late 70s early 80s, exploring bluegrass and original ideas set Andrew's quick musical wit in place. Several years with the admired Adelaide Newgrass group, Remnants, soaking knowledge, vision and considerable Port(!), between Peter Hall (their banjo-man & all instrument supplier!) and importer/ Radio presenter Neil Meaney (now ABC Wodonga), cemented Andrew's musical approach (not the Port!).
After surviving the many round the clock sessions, parties, and a little mechanical engineering training, the world of musical mingling and passing on, was afoot. Add to that the appearance of a beautiful daughter every 4 or so years, 2 very full decades followed.
The borders of music tumble as Clermont challenges the musical moment. History has seen him with Troy Cassar Daley; The Waifs, Tom T Hall (USA) and Jeff Lang literally threw his guitar off when their Xmas duel at Woodford could go no higher. However Andrew did slip in with India(n) group Dya Singh soaring the ragas which morphed into BluGuru, and now All Corners Covered Tours.
His CD - The Longing - is a smorgasbord of acoustic finery. There's also the near 20 years with “Totally Gourdgeous” & his "International Supper Club " . Folk to jazz, bluegrass, blues, and a little down home country Bluegrass with "The Lawnmowers" - after all he did win 3 Bluegrass Guitar Championships as well!
Watch him go from calm to berserk with flair!
ANDREW CLERMONT: The borders of music tumble as multi-instrumentalist Clermont challenges the musical moment with his unique ability to be a chameleon with a host of artists, whether on Violin, Viola, Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Double bass, Tenor Banjo, Didgeridoo, Dulcimer, or Voice, all played with equal fervour and style.
From cutting crazy tunes with the jester of Jazz guitar Ian Date, to choreographing with violin demon Ian Cooper, or rinsing lines with jazz violinist George Washingmachine. Jeff Lang literally threw his guitar off at Woodford when their duet performance could go no higher! Beside the songwriters - Pat Drummond, Norma O’Hara Murphy, Brent Parlane, Elizabeth Lord, Greg Champion, and Beccy Cole, USA’s Tom T. Hall & Kate Campbell, creating sound-scapes to their stories, he also recalls a cherished duet with Paul Kelly.
In another breath Andrew delivers Indian music with Dya Singh’s group - favourites of the Woodford Festival, soaring the ragas. Amongst a myriad of recordings for others, he has an acclaimed solo CD ‘The Longing’, and over 30 band & solo releases through as many years!
FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH
- FOUR FIERY FIDDLERS - as presented by BEMAC, Brisbane, August, 2001 CLERMONT with SPIROS RANTOS
SPIROS RANTOS (Far Left): Violinist and Conductor, was born in Corfu, Greece, grew up in Athens and pursued his musical stu
dies in Vienna, Austria, where he met his wife and musical partner, Israeli born pianist Brachi Tilles. Spiros has won the International Violin competitions of Colmar, France and Forte dei Marmi, Italy and commissioned and promoted over 400 performances around the world as a soloist, chamber music player and conductor. He has recorded over 55 records for many labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia Mundi, Adelcord and Grevillea Records. He has been a frequent guest performer for National broadcast companies in Europe, Asia and Australia. Spiros came to Australia in 1976 as a member of the Vienna based group Ensemble 1. He is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Southern Queensland & University of Melbourne. He has appeared recently as a soloist with several regional Victorian and Queensland Orchestras in concertos by Bach, Haydn, Lalo, Chausson and Saint-Saens. Spiros has received the Hellenic Distinction Award (Melbourne 1987 and 1990).
FRED GRAHAM (Far Right): One of Australia foremost fiddle players, Fred Graham plays with Brisbane-based Celtic group Tulca Mor and is a founder member of the jazz-fusion/ original music quartet Mystrel. Whilst graduating with a degree in Jazz studies, Fred has nurtured his interest in Irish fiddle playing, which recently culminated in his touring Ireland on a Lord Mayor’s Cultural Fellowship grant, to study Irish fiddling. Fred has played at many major festivals throughout Australia, including Woodford Festival, Canberra National Folk Festival and Port Fairy Festival. Fred has recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s: ‘Rise a Mile’ with Tulca Mor and ‘What Borders’ with Mystrel. For the BEMAC ‘Four Corners of the Earth’ World Music Café, Fred will be accompanied by long-standing musical colleague and friend, Steve Cook o
n Bouzouki and Guitar.
SHENTON GREGORY (Right): A graduate from Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of music in classical Violin, Shenton Gregory’s style combines sheer virtuosity, amazing versatility, and an entertaining touch of eccentricity. Shenton has toured with Queensland Arts Council in schools across 7500km of Queensland; Participated in the “Jazz in July” course at University of Massachusetts, USA Composed music for La Boite Theatre and the band George, Toured with Natalie Cole. Performed a world premier Violin Concerto with a 35 piece amplified orchestra as well as dangling from a roof in Queen St mall as “Shenzo Gregorio Stunt Violinist” live on Ch 9 “Today”. Perfomed in
“Shenzo’s Electric Stunt Orchestra” at opening of Roma Street Parklands. Played African and Afro-Cuban music with Keith Caisey at the 1999 Pinnacles jazz festival; Vulcana omen’s circus, Smokey Dawson, Savage Garden, The Whitlams, Kelway String Quartet, Musica Viva, and with ‘SARS’, the Gypsy, Jazz, Tango fusion quartet, at the Powerhouse for BEMAC World Music Café and at Brisbane Festival 2000. Shenton has recently recorded a CD with SARS.
TWAS A BIG, BIG NIGHT
BIOGRAPHY into 2000 - New Acoustic Music Exponent – no style is free from the N.A.M.E.! Clermont’s ability to be chameleon within each individual performance of a host of Artists sets him apart from the pack.
Clermont has prepared himself for your event:
One day cutting crazy tunes with the jester of Jazz guitar, Ian Date;
Choreographing with violin demon, Ian Cooper;
Rinsing lines with George Washingmachine;
Beside the songwriters - Pat Drummond, Norma O’Hara Murphy, Brent Parlane, Elizabeth Lord, Greg Champion, Beccy Cole, (and he recalls a cherished duet with Paul Kelly);
USA’s Tom T. Hall and Kate Campbell creating sound-scapes to their stories;
In another breath delivering Indian music with Dya Singh favorites of the Woodford World Music Festival);
Or don’t suppose you’ve caught the latest offering from the Screaming Jets? That intriguing spot of mandolin and in parts fiddle, comes courtesy of this obliging gentleman;
The bands take a turn too:
The Fiddlers Festival show cases;
The multi-awarded Dead Ringer Band;
Adelaide’s refined Brigalow with a classical touch;
Leslie Avril Band - Country Soul;
Happening Thang - when it was happening;
Sydney’s choice venue 'The Basement' with The Shuffle Kings supreme;
But then there are the 3 Bluegrass Guitar Championships to his name, a Golden Guitar for Best Vocal Group with the Innovative Three Chord Wonders, European Tours including the wide-ranging Kelly’s Revenge and the entire season of World Expo ’92 in Seville, Spain for the notorious Kangaroo Pub. From Taipei’s Blue Note Jazz Club via Leofoo Village Adventure Park Bluegrass Show (Taiwan ) to the smoldering quadrangle of the Pilpilatjara community NW South Australia on one of Brian Young’s “Longest Chartered Flight Concert Tours in the World!” There are no boundaries to Clermont’s spreading music “gospel”. And listening to his 4-way and more CD package, one is convinced this is but the tip of his melodic iceberg - look out Titanic!
Nominated to Top 5 ‘Best Instrumental’ for Golden Guitar Awards with Once Upon Arrival with Steve Berry in 1998 & The Crest of Gilmont with Steve Gilbert Harmonica in 1999 – both from THE LONGING CD. Awarded ‘Album of the Month’ in September 1998 Capital News. USA Tour in Oct/Nov 1999 with India(n) cross-culture group, Dya Singh. Now in Top 5 for 'Best instrumental' in Golden Guitars 2000. Reeling in the Big One with Parris McCleod.
Andrew Clermont - the essentials ( solo or with band ) - plays Didgeridoo, Dulcimer, Fiddle, Viola, Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Double bass, Tenor Banjo and Voice with equal fervor, style and technique.
Has a CD package to offer – a feast of Clermont's recorded musicology:
- The Longing – presenting the cross-section;
- BackBeat . . The Sessions – rockin’ Bluegrass;
- Didgeridoo Interludes – landscape sounds from Cello to Didgeridoo;
- Fiddlers Festival Live – 10 great Oz fiddlers in 3 shows & more;
- The Feast of Fiddlers ABC - 16 individual artists & styles glorifying the Violin;
- Terra Australis (originally FowlHouse Jack) - winners of the 'Battle of the Bush Bands' 1999;
- Songs for the Soul - for healing & meditation, with partner Pauline;
- Dance of the Good Life - An instrumental CD full of adventure with 'Young Australian' award winning Parris MacLeod on Piano & Drums & Bass with Andrew on everything else;
- BLUEGRASS - Made in Taiwan (Live & Stormy!) - A classic capture of a cross-cultural event. Jenny Lester from Canada/ Daryl (Jack) Melbourne from BackBeat with Andrew Clermont on their wild last day together in "The Wild West" of the Leofoo Village Adventure Park, Taiwan! Really!
- Totally Gourdgeous - with Penelope Swales (Vocals, luthier of the Gourd instruments i.e. guitar, fretless Bass, Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar, Jembai, Didg! etc.), Mal Webb & Carl Panuzzo - Just amazing folk/reggae.
- Strung Out - Fiddlers Festival - This one will bring you right up to date with plenty of smiles.
Andrew has produced a dozen definitive albums for assorted artists and can design recordings for albums, ads or private memoirs . . . even restoration. Just call to discuss your musical needs for a solution.
Photo - Shot by Jake
Andrew was born on June 5th, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia and from his early efforts on the guitar and singing Seekers songs when just six years old, he has progressed to become one of Australia's leading musicians and Bluegrass exponents - a virtuoso on instruments as diverse as the fiddle, the mandolin and the didgeridoo. He has toured extensively right across Australia and through the outback with the likes of Johnny Chester, Brian Young, Tammy Wynette, Tom T. Hall, Allison Durban and James Blundell. A regular performer at Tamworth and other CM festivals and at many folk festivals, Andrew has worked with numerous artists including The Dead Ringer Band, Beccy Cole, Troy Cassar-Daley, Greg Champion, Brent Parlane, Jim Haynes and Pat Drummond.
Andrew was the National Bluegrass Flatpick Guitar Champion in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and is currently a Bluegrass Championship Judge. A member of the Three Chord Wonders from 1985 to 1988, he shared their Golden Guitar for "Losin' My Blues Tonight" in 1987. Overseas tours have taken Andrew to Spain for the World Expo in 1992 and to Sweden, Norway, Austria and his family's homeland, Germany, in 1995; closely followed by a UK tour with Norma O'Hara Murphy. Then in 1996, he spent four months performing in Taiwan.
Andrew's long awaited third album, "The Longing", was released in 1997 and featured many friends - the best talent available anywhere - including guitarist Steve Berry. Andrew now makes his home near Moonbi, north-east of Tamworth, and daughter, Nayia Michelle (who appears with dad in the above photo), is destined for big things in the music world - despite her tender years, when she sings, you just know that she is singing from the heart
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1998 began with an Indian music perfomance at Woodford World Music Festival with Dya Singh - international perfomers from Adelaide SA. The year wound through many festivals peaking with a combined family tour joining Elizabeth Lord & Leigh James with kids, (6 all up), together with each others new CDs "The Longing" to "Share" tour. 9000km - Byron Bay, Tamworth, Queanbeyan, Mildura, Adelaide (Festival Theatre), Spud's Roadhouse, Alice Springs, Uluru, Devil's Marbles, Camooweal, Carnavon Gorge, Redlands Bay Fiddlers Fest (Brisbane), and back to Tamworth . . .phew! See story page.
See him somewhere soon! Gympie Muster for a Bluegrass Breakfast, Fiddlers Festival or soaring with the other artists. Northern NSW with Pat Drummond - check Pat's site for further details. Andrew is also available for long distance lessons - recordings, performances too! ...on with the show!
The John Elliot ARTIST Detail QUESTIONAIRE:
Early influences during school years?
The Seekers; Peter Paul & Mary; The Ventures; Status Quo; Led Zepplin; Pink Floyd; Highschool Teacher Geoff Bridgeland (formed Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys as a 9th year school elective!); Genesis then David Grisman, Old and in the Way and the New Grass fascination was set solid.
Who is your hero?
Russ Barenberg (acoustic Guitar), Jeff Beck (Electric Guitar), Mark O'Conner (Fiddle), David Grisman (Mandolin), Tony Trischka/ Bela Fleck (Banjo)
Too many but...Performing in Dya Singh, with The Waifs and alongside Bluehouse & Fruit - 4 All Australian bands together at The Californian World Music Festival, Grass Valley 2001 - Aussies Rocked the US!!
Where do you see your career taking you?
Further into the world's nooks & crannies with an increasing amount of benefit to assist those in hardship.
Last solo gig Oct 31 2005 celebrating the 100th birthday of Bendemeer's wooden Bridge with a world of folk at the old Hall raising funds for their 3 phase power. Joined by Belinda Wamsley on wonderful harmony vocals. 2&1/2 hours of a great audience and everything went better than right! Mind you, the 183 Birthday of a central Taiwan town Hsinshu, with Daryl (Jack) Melbourne (Dobro), Randal Wilson (Drums), Parris Macleod (Keyboards) & Donna Reynolds (Bass) in a 6 lane Roundabout Ruin Amphitheatre (centre of the City) was quite up there too!
Who do you listen to?
Lately..Zubot & Dawson (Canada), Tony Furtado (Colorado), Prefab Sprout (UK), William Shatner "Has Been" and the heroes list.
Job before music?
University studies of Mechanical Engineering, Moomba Gas & Oil Sites,
When did you start your career?
There were a few years of Bluegrass floorBrian Young Tours of 1983,84 (Longest Chartered Flight Concert Tour in the World)
How do you see the future for country music?
Appreciating what the young have to offer while preserving access to what got us this far. And naturally, presenting the breadth of Country Music's participants living now - to inspire the rest of the living planet and those to come - hopefully noticing that country music is large and continually progressing, from which all can draw on and strengthen.
1."Homegrown" (Played everything multi track Solo - Cass) Jan 1985
2. member to Three Chord Wonders "Try Change" (Record/ Cass & Late 90s Collectors CD LTD Edition)1985 with Lawrie Minson & John Green
3. produced Brian Young's "Big Fella Wudumbah" (Cass) 1986
4. Homegrown Vol. 2 (Played everything multi track Solo - Cass) 1987 - CD version now available
5. produced Cedar Creek's "... from the Heart" Bluegrass Cass 1989 (while nursing a slashed finger tip!)
6. produced & played bass on The Trailblazers (Harry Trails & Bob Blazers!) -self titled - Comedy Cass 1989
7. produced with Paul Henderson and member to, BackBeat (Rockin' Bluegrass) "...the sessions" (Tamworth Underground Tapes Vol 1) 1990 Cassette CD re-release 1997
8. produced & played on Bob Stewart's "Mountains of Queenstown" Cass1990
9. produced & played on Brian Winter's "Jesus was a Swaggie" CD/ Cass 1991
10. produced & played on Liz Crago's "Homeward" CD/ Cass 1993
11. produced & played on Bill Murray's "Children of the Dreamtime" CD 1995
12. Collaboration on "Didgeridoo Interludes" with Alistar Black, Stephan Richter & Craig Lauritson 1996
13. Member to Fiddlers Festival - "Live” CD 1996 with Ray Schloeffel, Marcus Holden, Mark Oats, Carolyn Trengrove, George Washingmachine, 1997
14. Solo & friends “The Longing” CD 1997 via Richard Porteous & ABC
15. produced & member to “Terra Australis” CD Self titled (originally FowlHouse Jack) 1998
Barmera Country Music Hands of Fame Inductee 1999
16. produced and member to BLUEGRASS – Made In Taiwan CD : Live & Stormy – featuring Jenny Lester (Canada), Daryl (Jack ) Melbourne & Clermont. (Official Bootleg!) Recorded 1997 Released 2000
17. Partnership in the Instrumental movie score style adventure “Dance of the Good Life” Dueling with the amazing Parris MacLeod (piano/drums/bass) 2000
18. Partnership in “Happy As Larry” CD Clermont & Parris Macleod. Violin & Piano duets. Instrumentals of Celtic to New Age flavour 2002
19. Member to Dya Singh “Bandagi” CD 2001- World Music Group with Dya Singh, Keith Preston, Dheeraj Shrestra, Parvyn, Jamel & Harsel Kaur & Quentin Eyers
20. member to Fiddlers Festival “Strung Out” CD - Holden, Clermont, Oats, Clare O'Meara & Garry Steel 2002
21. member to Dya Singh “300” CD 2002
member to Fiddlers Festival -"Live in Japan" CD 2002
22. member to Totally Gourdgeous debut CD with Penelope Swales, Mal Webb, Carl Pannuzzo 2000
23. member to Totally Gourdgeous “D’vine” CD 2002
24. producer of Healing & meditation, from partner Pauline - ‘Songs for the Soul’ and now on Video as well, featuring Pauline’s Art designs 1999
25. producer of “Let the Sun in You Shine Through” - Pauline . A Healing CD with meditation based on recovering from Abuse 2002
26. producer of “Child of Light” CD – Pauline . A Red Indian (First Nation) style meditation journey with cedar flute, healing drum & chanting. 2003
27. member to Fiddlers Festival - “Get Reel” CD 2004
28. Director of Andrew Clermont's Supper Club Oct 2003 CD - Official Bootleg
29. member to The Lawnmowers - "The Good Road" CD 2003
30. member to Totally Gourdgeous - "Stroke of Midnight" CD 2005
31. member to Fiddlers Festival - "Friendzy" CD 2005
32. member to Dya Singh - "Live 2005" CD
33. member to The Lawnmowers "Second Cut" CD 2006
Totally Gourdgeous - Voted Best Live Folk Act by Australian Folk Alliance 2008
34. member to BluGuru - "Ragas 2 Blu Riches" CD 2010
35. Producer to Andrew Clermont's Supper Club Trilogy CD 2010
36. Member to Totally Gourdgeous - "PunKin" CD 2011
37. Producer to Andrew Clermont's Supper Club Trilogy CD 2012
38. Producer to Cherry Pickers - "Southern Flavour" CD 2016
39. Member to Zen Tripitalia - self titled CD - Chris Blyth (Scot/Germany), Clermont & guest 2016
40. Producer, engineer & co-player for Delia Olam - "Who is Tahihir?" 2017
41. Producer to Golden Fiddle Show Live @ The Capitol CD 2018
42. Member to Totally Gourdgeous - "Gourd in the Act!" CD 2019 (end of)
43. Member to Totally Gourdgeous DVD - Gourd @ West End (coming soon!)
Videos / DVDs
1. A Crash Course to Fiddling (or Mandolin/Didgeridoo/Guitar) Freedom VID 2000
2. Fiddlers Festival - Live in Japan 2002 DVD
3. Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention 20 Year Celebration 2002 VID
4. Totally Gourdgeous “ Live Cuts from the Vine” 2003 VID/DVD
4. The Supper Club Hightlights 2004 VID/ DVD
5. The Supper Club 2005 DVD series - 13 DVDs in all !!! up to 3 camera angles and up close on stage.
6. The Big Pics DVD - Join Clermont with his around the World collection of landscape shots with accompanying Music from 'Happy as Larry'
7. The Bazaar Clips - Totally Gourdgeous - Woodford 2007/8
8. Totally Gourdgeous - Shades of the Vine - Live @ Enrec Studio, Calala, Tamworth, NSW 2014
9. London Abstractions 2011 - Tom Donald & Mark Buckingham (UK - Piano & Clarinets), Mal Webb & Andrew Clermont (Oz - Gourd fretless Bass & Gourdalin/ Electic Violin) including 100 panoramas from Clermont's "Big Pics" Photography
10. The Supper Club - Live @ The Capitol - Double DVD with images off 4 video cameras & 3 still cameras - Steve Newton, Sunnypics, Peter R Brown, Thomas Rosenzweig,
Performances from BluGuru, Brookie Schiemer (now Gillett), Steve Ahern, Tom Donald, Emily Little, Jess Stocker and special guests who drove into town by chance that day, The Rosellys, from UK
All at the Tamworth Capitol Theatre 2011
11. Coming soon Totally Gourdgeous new DVD - Live @ Brisbane's West End - produced by Matt Moline 7th Dimension
1984, 1985, 1987 National Flat-pick (Bluegrass) Guitar Champion
Won of the Battle of the BushBands 1999 as FowlHouse Jack
Won of the Battle of the BushBands 2000 & 2002 as Terra Australis
Barmera Country Music Hands of Fame Inductee 1999
Musicianship Award Inaugural Frances Folk Gathering 2001 & Best Instrumentalist 2006
Heritage Award (Mildura CM Festival 2003) as Terra Australis
Dya Singh - Best World Music Act - Thredbo Festival, SA Music Awards (early 80s)
Noses of Fame inclusion (mid 80s)
Country Music Hands of Fame Inductee (Tamworth 2003)
Totally Gourdgeous - Voted Best Live Folk Act by Australian Folk Alliance 2008
Director to the Golden Fiddle Awards since inception 2005 and eventually Musical Director as well.