Ribble Valley band releases first single

DEBUT SINGLE: Ribble Valley band Andy Oliver release their debut single on April 25th. (s)
DEBUT SINGLE: Ribble Valley band Andy Oliver release their debut single on April 25th. (s)

RIBBLE VALLEY-based band “Andy Oliver” will see the release of their first single Save the Last Dance For Me at the end of this month.

The single’s release on April 25th on iTunes will follow a number of promotional gigs in Manchester, London and Hartlepool.

Andy Oliver is a tale of two musical minds, musicians Andy Oliver and Jim Ellel, who live in the Ribble Valley and have been working together for a year.

Darwen-born Jim grew up in York Village, near Langho, and was educated at St Augustine’s RC High School.

He started playing the guitar aged 15, and from the moment he could string three chords together, began writing songs, and played in the Lancashire-based bands The Wire Monkeys and The Rising.

A couple of years ago, Jim built a studio with the hope of creating music for television and film.

He has a strong lyrical style of writing, rich in acoustic riffs and catchy hooks.

Andy, who was born in Hartlepool, worked professionally as an actor from a young age, appearing in “Byker Grove”, “55 Degrees North” and “Grubs”.

He battled alcohol addiction and it was this that spurred him to turn a life-long love of music into an escape and a coping mechanism.

His songs are written about his struggle, and the people who helped him.

Now living in Chatburn, and married to award-winning actress Janet Bamford, who grew up in Chatburn before going on to carve out a career as a top theatre and television actress.

Andy met Jim after he rewired his house. They began talking and Andy played him a few songs. Jim came to play at a gig and they started working together on their debut single.

The band will be selling a limited-edition copy of the hard disc from Clitheroe music store Townsend Records.

The duo have just played a gig for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, and have headlined top London venue the Bull and Gate, a venue that has hosted such acts as Razorlight, Nirvana and Coldplay.

This weekend, they take the live promotion of their single to Hartlepool, and will be announcing a Clitheroe date in the next couple of weeks to fans who sign up to their Facebook page (andy oliver music) or go to their website www.andyoliver.co.uk.

They are also in the final stages of talks with a record label.