We are delighted to welcome the talented Andrew Roachford and his incredible band to perform a special concert at the festival this year at Blackmore Gardens.
Andrew Roachford MBE is a British singer and songwriter and formed a band of the same name in 1987 and by 1988 they were touring, supporting acts such as Terence Trent D’Arby and The Christians.
They went on to be signed by Columbia who gave them a seven-album recording deal and with 1989 hits Cuddly Toy and Family Man, they became Columbia’s biggest selling UK act for ten years. Latterly he has been a member of Mike and the Mechanics, the band led by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford, whilst continuing his incredibly successful solo career.
Roachford has just released his sixth solo album (and 11th overall), Twice In A Lifetime. Here Roachford settles into a comfortable groove of traditional soul mixed with a few healthy doses of modern embellishments.
From the moment Andrew Roachford found himself sitting at a piano aged four, music has been his way of making sense of the world. Growing-up in London around a vibrant melting pot culture, he was like a sponge absorbing diverse musical influences from reggae and punk, to rock, Jazz and soul music.
Roachford’s trademark has become his rare ability to put into words, feelings you didn’t even know you had, “It’s one of the reasons why I make music; to bring out those things that people feel but haven’t always got a voice for. I like to bring the inner person to the forefront.”
Andrew recently collaborated with Beverley Knight on a joint album Twice In a Lifetime, which was released in September 2020, and which charted at number 31 on the UK albums chart.
“The much loved, respected and acclaimed British Soul singer, songwriter and composer that has stood the test of time with music credibility that has endured”