Andy Pyle                                 


 In the spring of 1962, while still at school and with no musical background, Andy bought his first bass after volunteering to play with The Statesmen on their imminent debut performance. He had been at their rehearsal a few days earlier when the three guitarists in the group decided that they needed a bass player but couldn't agree on which one of them should do it.

 Over the next four years, Andy played with several local groups including Johnny Starr and The Midnights and Yenson's Trolls whose line-up included guitarist Mick Abrahams and drummer Clive Bunker.

 In 1966 Mick, Clive and Andy moved to Manchester where Andy joined The Victor Brox Blues Train and his two former band mates joined The Toggery Five. Within a year however, they were back together in Luton and in McGregors Engine along with singer/guitarist Peter Fensome who took over on bass when Andy joined The Wages Of Sin. A short time later, Mick and Clive teamed up with Ian Anderson and Glen Cornick to form Jethro Tull.


 Mick Abrahams left Jethro Tull towards the end of 1968 and formed Blodwyn Pig with Andy, Ron Berg and Jack Lancaster. They stayed together for two years and released two albums, 'Ahead Rings Out' and Getting To This'.


During the seventies Andy appeared on a number of albums as a session musician; most notably Rod Stewart's 'Every Picture Tells A Story'. He also toured and recorded with Savoy Brown - albums, 'Lions Share' and 'Jack The Toad', Jucy Lucy - 'Pieces', Alvin Lee - 'Pump Iron', The Sutherland Brothers - 'Down To Earth' and The Kinks - 'Sleepwalker' and 'Misfits'.

  Touring continued with the Gary Moore Band - album, 'Live At The Marquee', Chicken Shack and Wishbone Ash. Andy then played on a series of short tours, one off gigs and recording sessions with friends old and new before returning to Gary Moore in 1989 to record the album 'Still Got The Blues'. They toured as The Midnight Blues Band and worked with Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Pops Staples, Jimmie Rogers, Albert King, Albert Collins and B.B.King.


In 1991, during a lull in the Gary Moore schedule, Andy embarked on another tour with Wishbone Ash recording the album 'Live In Chicago'. Then it was back to Gary for the 'Blues Alive' tour and double album featuring Albert Collins, a video special with B.B.King and a pair of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall with George Harrison as special guest. More live work with Wishbone Ash followed before recording Gary's 'Blues For Greeny' album in 1995.

 After another run of gigs and sessions Andy joined the Ken Hensley/John Wetton band for a London concert/DVD then toured with Ken's band Free Spirit and played on the album 'Running Blind'.



Since 2002 Andy has concentrated on studio work, which has led to the development of The RollBand.