B i o g r a p h y
Andy Turnbull (BSc) is a professinal guitarist performing and teaching around the country, whose influences rang from the bottleneck blues/gospel players of early 1930s America to the modern-day virtuosos of Andalusian flamenco.
Andy began teaching himself on an old telecaster guitar when he was eight years old; learning by playing along to library tapes and his dad’s old records, picking up extra tips from anyone willing to impart. Since the very beginning he has never stuck to any particular style and has always aimed at perfecting it before outgrowing it.However, he is currently “stuck to (or with) flamenco” after a six month stint in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucía during 2007 “trying to learn it, properly”.
He has worked with a number of bands over the years - most notably, the now obsolete, BALAO – and is currently part of delta blues duo MONKEY JUNK. Andy also gives flamenco/Spanish classical recitals under the stage name of El Niño del Toon (a name given to him by Maestro Jose Luis Balao). Monkey Junk were inducted into the American Heritage Blues Hall of fame in 2014 for their services in promoting blues music.
He is a founding member of the Monkey Junk Blues Club and has promoted events and concerts all over the North East; big name acts in the North's best venues.
He has done studio session work for many producers in the North-East of England, playing on multiple Hip-Hop, Folk, Blues, Bossanova, House, Trance and Dub-Step recordings.
His music has been played on local, national and international radio stations and used in advertising campaigns.
He has supported many international artists such as Vetiver, Little Wings (Kyle Field), Wild Birds and Peace Drums, Richard Dawson, Jana Hunter, Phosphorescent, Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny, Bob Log III, Lone Pigeon, Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band, Joe Gideon and the Shark, Hat Fitz & Cara, Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, C. W. Stoneking, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Scott H. Biram, to name but a few.