13:00 - Andy Cutting

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician: a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it be a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.  . As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy's influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. He came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. Together with Chris Wood they became one of the most influential, and enduring duos on the scene.

Andy's sense of pride in traditional music, as well as his sensitivity and understanding of the form, has made him one of the folk scene's most wanted, playing with Kate Rusby, John McCusker and Under One Sky to name but a few. He has recorded with Sting, John Illsley (Dire Straits), and was recently asked to join The Who for an acoustic concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as his ongoing work with Chris, Andy is currently working with Martin Simpson, June Tabor and Blowzabella.