Andrew plays White Swallow Banjos
RIP Luthier Alan Funk
Photo - Shot by Jake
"The Uncommon Non Dominator" :-) - Mal Webb
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Andrew 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!
Well, before we we all had to lock down and try to halt the virus invader, we were trying to work out recovery from Fire & Flood
2020 had rocked in with a megalithic finale @ Woodfood (un)Fire Event, QLD
co-ordinating the String Section to the 100 piece Orchestra (see highest fiddle bow at the back !)
Followed by a multitude of Supper Club Shows Nowendoc (free for the locals & firefighters/ drought stricken),
Murrurrundi (Chicken in the Window Barn) & Tamworth Country Music Festival
@ The North Tam Bowlo plus The Golden Fiddle Awards!
(see youtubes! over 150 highlights!!)
Then Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention, Tour with Goldheist to SA and Sandford Bush Festival!
Via The Blanche Cave, Naracoorte!
Tours of 2019 were
Kavisha Mazzella plus Two if by Sea (March)
Goldheist (July East Coast NSW) & Feb 2020 across to SA
The Borderers (here & there!)
BluGuru - June 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
with Rod Coe on Bass 2017 & James Gillard on Bass (the St James Version) 2018
plus Montz Matsumoto (first lap) & Paddy Montgomery (the last week!)
more info in "Latest News" link above!
In 2015 I was found as Zen Tripitalia with Scottish electric guitarist, Chris Blyth (Berlin & Barcelona) and Cellist Rachel Johnston @
Townsville & Magnetic Island returning with Chris to Palm Creek Festival in 2018 as well!
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club
a Finale shot of the grand January week in 2016 @ North Tamworth Bowling Club
And during it's decades -
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 23nd official year in 2021 with 2 Triple Live CD sets plus many DVDs of captures!
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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 & seasoned 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 -
over 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)
"Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch via The Muppets!"
Above casually mid tour !
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 Covered
- Rachel Johnston & Andrew Clermont (formerly Zen Tripitalia with Chris Blyth)
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.
House Deck Concert in Budgong - Thanks Barbara & Adam
Andrew Clermont touring with super cool cellist Rachel Johnston (formerly 7 years of the Australian String Quartet (!) and toured with
Missy Higgins). Together they covered 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!
1. 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
2. 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.
3. 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
4. LEARN TO PLAY DIDGERIDOO: - DVD support
Sure-fire techniques to crack the illusive circular breathing - then the journey begins.
5. 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!
6. A Song-writing Workshop - having songs sound natural and a few other things you may not have checked on!
Clermont annually includes sound-sorting at numerous Festivals - and head of production at
the "epic" 35 hours over 8 days Supper Club at Tamworth Festival, Nowendoc Fest, Sandford Bush Fest,
Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention, Wirrina Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Fests, all but one of the 20 Frances Folk Gatherings,
and the last 10 years of Mildura Country MusicFest !
Andrew Clermont Bio
Clermont has finally "settled down", Solo or nestled in a happy handful of bands with 5 or 6 instruments. They appeared in Austria/ Kenya/
USA/ Canada/UK/ Germany/ Taiwan/ Malaysia/ Hong Kong/ Singapore/New Zealand/ and Australia wide through the last decades!
For over 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!
Or in Goldheist with Hester Fraser plus occasionally in The Borderers (SA)
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 Supper Club
The years since 1998 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’ (often 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!
Family, Awards, Causes & fine Friends
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 a hand from Clearview IT and Better Care Central NSW for performer travel fr The Supper Club.
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)
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.
ANDREW CLERMONT: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 over 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
As it turns out, Clermont & Graham had been meeting up at festivals across Victoria through to Queensland for quite a while at the time but now in 2021, a full 20 years later, he’s strong friends with Shenzo as well and appear at each other’s events regularly. They all hit it off very well throughout the night
ANDREW CLERMONT (left), chameleon player with Epoch Strings sponsorship and soon became Director to the Golden Fiddle Awards was this night letting his hair down with
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 on 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.
SPIROS RANTOS (Far Left):
Violinist and Conductor, was born in Corfu, Greece, grew up in Athens and pursued his musical studies 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).
TWAS A BIG, BIG NIGHT
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:
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.
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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!
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.
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.
Discography CDs here - DVDs further below
1. A Crash Course to Fiddling (or Mandolin/Didgeridoo/Guitar) Freedom VID 2000
Andrew Clermont (Oz - Gourd fretless Bass & Gourdalin/ Electic Violin) including 100 panoramas from Clermont's "Big Pics" Photography
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
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)