Music

ON THE MIC: Local guitarist and performer, Andrea Yates.

Andrea Yates

Every month we will be focussing on particular music groups or events in the area and finding out more about our local musicians. In this issue we are going to focus. This month we are going to focus on Andrea Yates, a fantastic local guitarist and performer!

Q: How did your interest in music start?

A: My interest in music started in junior school. My teacher encouraged singing particularly of English, Irish & Scottish traditional folk songs. My Dad was also a good singer, and we would watch early Hollywood musicals together on TV.

Q: Who influences you musically?

A:  My musical influences are an eclectic mix. In my teens I was very impressed by Joan Baez & her wonderful voice, & by Bob Dylan’s song writing. I love 1960’s music & particularly the song writing of Lennon & McCartney. Current artistes who influence me are Passenger, Emeli Sande, Sam Smith & Adele. I feel there is something good to be found in all music genres. It is fun to seek out that special song that appeals to me. The music I sing & compose reflects these influences.

Q: Tell us about the first band you joined?

A:  I formed a folk band with two friends in the 1960’s. We were Oxford based & called ourselves Uncommitted Folk. We played at folk clubs & were resident musicians three times a week at the Oxford Motel on the Wolvercote roundabout {now the Oxford Barceló hotel]. We also did after-dinner cabaret at the Randolph hotel a few times.

Q: Where have you been performing recently?

A: I have re-launched myself as a solo singer/guitarist/songwriter in the last couple of years. I made my festival debut at Thame’s Music in The Park in May and played Chinnor Beer festival in August. I have made several appearances at First Thursday Music Club at James Figg, Thame, & I am a regular at open mics at Old Fisherman, Shabbington; The Swan, Thame; & Three Horseshoes, Towersey.

Q: What kind of music do you love to listen to?

A: A wide range. Norah Jones, Passenger, Sam Smith, Diana Krall, Ed Sheeran to name a few. I have been to see Paul Carrack in concert so play his music quite often. At Towersey Festival this year I saw the amazing folk singer/songwriter Nancy Kerr. I listen to anything from folk, contemporary, musical shows to light classical. My collection also contains music recordings of friends & local artistes.

Q: How can you be contacted for live  performances?

A: If you would like to contact me please message me on Facebook, or by email,  kandrea_yates05@outlook.com quoting Look Local.

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