Andy Baker - session guitarist

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Andy Baker started playing guitar at the age of eight surrounded by eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from jazz, funk, soul, and rock. It was this early exposure to music that gave Andy a passionate and powerful drive into the love of performing . His older brother Terry who is also a guitarist and talented multi-instrumentalist, who played with artists Carmel and Pulp, inspired Andy into playing from this early age.

Andy moved to London when he got a record deal with Legacy. Andy also with saxophonist Mel Collins and the studio recordings were featured on BBC TV and Radio 1's Mark Goodier show.

The juxtaposition of Andy's strong rhythmical feel, inventive lead playing and original ideas led him into the London music scene were he worked with a variety of jazz/funk, soul, pop and rock artists such as members of the Blowmonkeys, Skye (Morcheeba singer,) Ghida de Palmer, Chris Dagely (drummer virtuoso,) Steve Washington (drummer for Take That, Texas,) Benet Maclean (keyboardist virtuoso) Flytrap, and the London funk band "Groovemachine" which has been seen on GMTV and played at East Ender's parties. A tour with Matt Redman led Andy to work with the New Scottish Orchestra to sold out theatres around Scotland and Ireland.

He can be heard on Jamie Oliver's "Olivers Twist" and the "Naked Chef" series to the DVD's "Pukka Tukka", "Happy Days", and also Trinny and Susannah's "The Rules" and BBC TV's "Petrol Heads". He also can be seen performing with Jamie Oliver on a number of his programmes as well as they have played in the band Scarlet Division performing at Radio 1's Manchester Live and on Zöe Ball's Breakfast show, Live and Kicking, Big Breakfast (with Johnny Vaughn & Denise Van Outen,) VH1's Talking Music, Top of the Pops Plus and CDUK.

A favourite with musical celebrities and on TV theme tune writers, he is known to be musically diverse, being everything from a funk guitar genius, to a spiritual and sensitive soul, and then right through to the intelligent creative thinking musician. But always the consummate professional.

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