|Andrew with Gilchrist Mandolin by Jon Armstrong|
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First row by Jon Armstrong
2nd row : poster by Amanda Gilmour & B/W by Philomena Carrol
3rd row : Shot by Jake
The Sponsors -
Epoch Violins / Maton Guitars / Gilchrist Mandolins / White Swallow Banjos/
Clearview IT/ Just Better Care NSW
Has Created -
· The NoHoldsBarred Australian Fiddle Contest ( Jan 2002 - 2008 TamFest)
· The (week long) SUPPER CLUB ie 15 shows of - Night of the Piano, Swing, Slide, Fiddle etc - it's 22nd year in 2020 (a fringe to Tamworth Country Music Festival!)
Festival Sound Production
Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention (sound since late 90s)/ Frances Folk Gathering, Sandford Bush Festival, Penola Coonawarra Music & Wirrina Bluegrass Festivals since their inception/ St Albans Folk Fest (from 2020)
The Visual -
An imposing, colourful sight (at 2m (6ft 7ish) with perhaps a tiny Fiddle/ Mandolin in hand swaying throught the music.
The Instruments -
Didgeridoo, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin& Mandola, 6 & 12-string Guitar, 4 & 5 string
Fiddles, Dulcimer, Viola, Vocals, Mixing Desk…
The Sound -
With borrowings from most styles, there is always adventuresome music with Andrew. From Blues Fiddle showdowns with Jeff Lang to Celtic & Meditation. Plus as 3-time Australian Bluegrass Guitar Champion '84, 85 & 87; Golden Guitar winner '87 (Best Vocal Group) with the Three Chord Wonders; Best Folk Group - Totally Gourdgeous and nominated to top 5 Best Instrumental 5 times since '96; over 30 CDs between solo, bands & themes there's been much variety to savour.
The Bands -
Active or on call -
BluGuru "Ragas 2 Blu Riches" CD & Tours - a core trio from 3 groups below!
Totally Gourdgeous (Voted Best Live Folk Group - World bound)
· Andrew Clermont's Supper Club - a Festival Event & Fringe to Tamworth CM Fest
with Goldheist recently
The Apostle String Band Tours with Paul Wookey
· The Borderers (Nationally quite often - even Europe)
very occasionally or ...
Zen Tripitalia with Chris Blyth
All Corners Covered with Rachel Johnston
Bluegrass - Made in Taiwan (25 year reunion in 2020) !
· The Lawnmowers at the "Cutting Hedge of Bluegrass" (!)
· Dya Singh World Music Group - multi -Awarded National(SA) to USA, UK & Malaysia annually)
· Terra Australis (Multi-Awarded Bush Band)
· Celtic Conundrums (with Ollie Francis RIP)
· Fiddlers Festival (Tamworth Fest to Tokyo)
BackBeat (20 year reunion about 2010)
see CD page
The Tour highlights -
· fiddling for Tom T Hall (USA - thrice nationally, including a fun duet support with Beccy Cole),
· Sound & multi-performer with Brian Young (4 Oz laps '84, 85, 89, 94)
· 1988 Ski season Mt Blue Cow plus World Expo Brisbane with Art Gecko (love that name)
· 1992 - 6 months World Expo, Seville, Spain at the Kangaroo Pub (the centre of one version of the world, at the time!). Also learnt didgeridoo there!
· European Tours with - Kelly's Revenge '94 (Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria) / Norma O'Hara Murphy '95 (Germany, Ireland, London)
· Taiwan Bluegrass Show & co-ordinator '96 - 98
· USA, Canada, Asia, Kenya & Tanzania & UK with Dya Singh each year since 1999 - 1 to 3 months at a time.
· Japan & Hong Kong and Oz wide - Fiddlers Festival since '01
· All Oz capitals and most Folk Festivals - Totally Gourdgeous &/or Solo - 2001, 02 and Europe/Singapore in the years that followed
· 2002 New Zealand for Coro. St star, Kevin Kennedy and All the Best Tour, 18 shows - mostly sold out!
- 2003 to 2009 criss-crossing the planet and much of Oz with Dya Singh & Totally Gourdgeous (Denmark WA to Denmark Europe in the same month tour!)
. Around coast from Perth to Woodford QLD since Autumn 2009 with Josh Bennett
and in 2010 as well with Parvyn Kaur Singh as BluGuru. Gigs by night, cliffs & mountains by day!
The CDs & Videos -
· CD Homegrown Vol 2 - Solo album
CD "The Longing" - presenting a 10 year crossection - the definitive
·CD "BackBeat …the sessions" - rockin' Bluegrass - a Classic
· CD "Didgeridoo Interludes" - landscape sounds - cello to Didg (Alistar Black) - a collectors item
· CD "Fiddlers Festival Live" - 10 great Oz fiddlers from 3 shows'n more
· CD Fiddlers Festival "The Feast of Fiddlers' ABC:16 individual artists glorifying the Violin
· Fiddlers Festival "Strung Out" -: Favourites & More
· CD "Terra Australis" originally FowlHouse Jack Won of the Battle of the BushBands 99, 2002 - Top 5 Radio airplay
· CD BLUEGRASS - Made In Taiwan : LIVE & STORMY - featuring Jenny Lester (Canada), Daryl (Jack ) Melbourne & Andrew
· CD Instrumental adventure "Dance of the Good Life" with the amazing Parris MacLeod (piano/drums/bass)
· CD "Happy As Larry" Clermont & Parris Macleod. Violin & Piano duet instrumentals to take you away in happy ways.
CD Andrew Clermont's Supper Club "Official Bootleg" 2003
· CD Dya Singh - "Bandagi" Active Meditation Songs & Music! From Nth India styles .
· Dya Singh "Sukhmani Simren " - a 1 hour meditation
· TOTALLY GOURDGEOUS DEBUT CD - reggaed folk ! Penelope Swales, Mal Webb, Carl Panuzzo, Andrew
· TOTALLY GOURDGEOUS CD "D'vine" Out by July 2002 . Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin patch!
. TG - Stroke of Midnight and DVD - The Bazaar Clips - Woodford 2008
TG - Shades of the Vine DVD live @ Enrec Studio, Tamworth
TG - PunKin CD - the Gourd story continues
TG - Gourd in the Act CD appearing end 2019 a 74 min epic adventure
DVD - Totally Gourdgeous - The Ripe Stuff 2019
· CD Healing & meditation, with partner Pauline 'Songs for the Soul' and DVD as well, featuring Pauline's Art designs (collectors item)
· "Let the Sun in You Shine through" - Pauline . A Healing CD with meditation based on recovering from Abuse (collectors item)
· DVDs - A Crash Course to Fiddling Freedom (or Mandolin/Didgeridoo/guitar)
. The Lawnmowers Combo CD distilled from The Good Road & Second Cut albums
. Big Pics DVD series from landscapes assembled seamlessly from up to 24 photos taken across the world!
. BluGuru CD - Ragas 2 Blu Riches - 2010
. Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club 2010 Vol 1,2 & 3 CDs
. Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club 2012 Vol 1,2 & 3 CDs
. London Abstractions DVD & CD with Mal Webb, Tom Donald, Mark Buckingham
recorded live in Putney, London
CD Golden Fiddle Show Live 2018
. Landscape Photos orderable - see some of the examples at this link can be up to many metres long/wide!