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The Andy Gunn Story.....By Donald Fraser
He is the miracle man of the Highland music scene having beaten cancer twice and his heart stopping once before being brought back to life.
Blues guitarist and singer song writer Andy Gunn was also born with haemophilia and during one of his blood transfusions he was infected with “bad blood” which infected him with HIV and Hepatitis C.
The Inverness based musician has left all this behind him, including addiction issues, to come back with a bang with a new album produced by Martin Stephenson of the Daintees fame.
Andy may sing the blues but to meet him you would not think he has the demeanour of a man who has suffered so much.
He is reflective, thoughtful, and realistic and seems grateful just to be alive and his new album is a triumph over adversity.
Andy said: “We all have things to deal with in life. You just have to do your best.
He continued: “We are like tea bags. We don’t know how strong we are until we are put in hot water.
“I was in hospital while the album was being put together by session musicians from all over the country. It was not ideal but I am delighted with the way it has turned out.”
From an early age Andy was immersed in music learning guitar from masters like Lightning Hopkins and Muddy Waters.
He is widely regarded as one of the best musicians in the Highlands.
This fact did not escape the A and R men from major record labels.
In his teenage years, his school band ‘Jumpin the Gunn’ were snapped up by Point-blank , an offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin Records.
The band was whisked off to Memphis where they rubbed shoulders and exchanged riffs with Al Green’s rhythm section and Pops Staples to name but two.
Andy continued: “It was probably too much too young and we did not cope very well.”
He has since played with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and one of the highlights of his career to date was supporting Buddy Guy at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh.
He has four self-produced albums, Flip Flop Kinetics, Bonar Bridge Sessions, Regional Variations and now the brilliant Miracle of Healing which is available on iTunes and Bandcamp.
Throughout his career Andy has jammed with some top musicians in New York, Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans.
Andy and his band are preparing for a few intimate gigs to promote the new album and for the first time in 20 years Andy will be joined on stage by former Jumpin the Gunn singer Vikki Kitson also for the first time in 20 years.
The new band line-up includes Kevin Ronaldson on bass, Nathan Fraser on drums and Susanna Wolfe.
“We cannot wait to get on the road and showcase the new album.”
Andy's new band will play together for the first time on November 29 at the Greenhouse on the High Street in Dingwall.
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