Andy M. Stewart
Andrew McGregor Stewart, 8 September 1952, Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland to a father who had a large collection of traditional songs, and a mother who wrote poetry and songs and music. He started playing in the early 70s, having previously sung at sessions and get-togethers. In 1973, Stewart joined the already established duo of Dougie MacLean and Ewan Sutherland (guitar/vocals). These three, together with Martin Hadden (b. 23 May 1957, Aberdeen, Scotland; bass/vocals), formed Puddocks Well. In 1974 Stewart joined Silly Wizard on tenor banjo and vocals, with whom he toured and recorded. It was with Silly Wizard in 1980 that he recorded a single, Take The High Road, the original theme for the television series of the same name. Take The High By The Hush featured half traditional ballads and half original Stewart compositions. The album was well received, being voted Melody Makers Folk Album Of The Year. In 1984 Stewart teamed up with Manus...