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Andtew Clermont is a chameleon musician from Bluegrass to Indian,
Scandinavian to Oldtime. He has toured with the essence of
US country music and rubbed shoulders with the cool of jazz and classical.
A 3 time Bluegrass Champ and a Director of the Golden Fiddle Awards in Australia!
Special tours late Oct/ Nov 2017 The
Apostle Tour with Paul Wookey, Pete Fidler, Clermont
(& Rod Coe second half)! See Latest News link above!
All Corners - Rachel Johnston & Andrew Clermont - on pause!
Multi instrumentalist Andrew Clermont and cellist Rachel Johnston
present an eclectic and colourful collection of tunes sure to delight lovers
of multiple-string textures, spontaneous improv and quicksilver instrumental
virtuosity- this is acoustic music-making at it's sparkling best.
Andrew Clermont is touring with formidable and feisty cellist Rachel Johnston
(formerly 7 years of the Australian String Quartet (!) and toured 2 with Missy
Higgins) with a selection from the tips of Scandinavia through UK to inner
Outback & Oldtime. Tantalising and soaring are the works. Curious &
twisted are the stories and songs. Clermont is with new sensuous double size
Mick Moffat F5 Mandola along side the Gilchrist F5 Mandolin and Roger Buckmaster
Fiddle, beside Rachel's Luis & Clark "near glowing" Cello,
plus Clermont's 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ maneuvers and haunting "cast
metal" Didgeridoo. A feast to behold.
Occasionally touring/ appearing with Mal Webb on unique Mouth
Music Beat Boxing
In Sept/ Oct I can be found as Zen Tripitalia
with Scottish electric guitarist, Chris Blyth (Berlin & Barcelona)
@ Townsville & Magnetic Is.
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club
Featured at Woodford, Tamworth &
Fairbridge Festivals plus the National Folk Fest, Clermont melds peoples musical
strengths and inspiration into a "wild wood" with few limits - in
it's 18th official year. 2 Triple CDs plus many DVDs of captures!
He finally created an all encompassing event, highly regarded
& cherished across many Festivals
- not only originally hosting the NoHoldsBarred Fiddle Contest, it also allowed
the creation of most orchestration possibilities
in the name of Country(s) & Folk Music with a fellowship of youth &
wissen who stop at few borders or genres.
Andrew Clermont's International Supper Club included 100 players in 2013!
Sup Club Live Recordings are distilled into - 7 CDs and many DVDs (including
Sounding like "Jeff Beck meets Ravi Shankar on the set of 'Oh!
Brother Where Art Thou' while dancing in Rio!",
they feature the sublime voice of Parvyn Bennett (+
Percussion, Mandolin & Indian Dance);
Josh Bennett (Adelaide Fringe Award
Nominee for Best Music) - Guitars & Mandolin to Sitar, Dilruba,
fiddle & Tabla. Both also feature in super group Bombay Royale;
And chameleon Andrew Clermont,
who is also a nutso Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ
to boot - 30 years touring - from Tom T Hall, Dya Singh to Totally Gourdgeous
and Golden Fiddle Award director!
They are distilled from a vibrant world
touring history with a 3 part harmonised twisting tale of gone Bluegrass/Celtic/
Blues/ Swing/ Jazz/ Indian adventure.
BluGuru was born of the Dya Singh world touring - gleaning influences from
each festival and act met. It all rubbed off and became distilled into the
trio featuring the sublime voice of Parvyn ( with Percussion, Mandolin &
Indian Dance - also seen with Bombay Royale), Josh Bennett (Guitars &
Mandolin to Sitar & Tabla - Adelaide Fringe Award Nominee for Best Music
and the ONLY invited foreigner performer at India's 14 day Saptak Music
Festival of Festivals!) - . And chameleon Andrew Clermont, who is also a nutso
Fiddler, Mandolinist & 3 time Bluegrass Guitar Champ to boot - 30 years
touring - from Tom T Hall to Totally Gourdgeous!
Plus special guests include cellist Rachel Johnston
or Octave Violinist Shenzo Gregorio (Electic Stunt Orchestra
& Fourplay) with big smiles all round.
School Concert / Dance Workshop Youtube in Friland School
Denmark (Koncert På Feldballe Friskole) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2-Elui4ZBjo
"Joni Mitchell meets James Brown in Bob Marley's pumpkin
patch via The Muppets!".
All are playing Gourd instruments luthiered by Penelope Swales - Legendary
since young (Gourd Guitar, Gourdalin, Stomp, Aslatuas, Chinese Hulusi Gourd
Flute), Mal Webb - from Lano & Woodley to Glastonbury Solo (Gourd Bass,
Mbira, Gournet, Voice-box), Carl Pannuzzo - Smallest Stadium Band in
the world to Woodford Fire Event Choir master (Gourd Djemba, Percussion, Guitar),
Andrew Clermont - a nutso player from Dya Singh to Tom T Hall (Gourdiddle,
Gourdalin, Guitar) and all with Gourdatious Vocals to produce a manic, organic
musical experience, punning pathos, heartfelt hilarity & messages of love,
fellowship and environmental sanity. www.totallygourdgeous.com
Andrew Clermont - Teacher
Gleaning from near 30 years of Festival Workshops/ Schools/ Private &
Group lessons, Clermont has specialised in a bridge for the people who learnt
violin at some time, likely classically trained but are perhaps stuck at a
progress plateau. Clermont can come to you or you to him or even take a DVD
path. This Crash Course to Fiddle gets your bowing rhythms & lilts up
& running for the multitude of fun Bluegrass/Celtic/ Swing tunes, plus
lowdown Fiddlin` Blues & Country. A simple introduction to modes of scales,
reactive and interactive playing, going ballistic and easy improvisational
possibilities (also available for Mandolin, Guitar or Didgeridoo).
A further overview of workshops
As Clermont applies the workshop hinged on the actual attendees needs,
the following is just a guide.
The aim is to get you beyond where you are, in the time available.
Specific tuition in : -
Separate CRASH COURSES TO MANDOLIN/ FIDDLE/ GUITAR all include the following:
How to make what you play, sound like it was always meant to be there. Slotting
into someone else's genre/style, recognising and adopting their idioms
and producing the appropriate accompaniment. Rising above and around your
PLUS DETAIL IN:
SOLOING FOR FIDDLE AND MANDOLIN - from Blues to Happy Days. A simple introduction
to modes of scales; reactive and interactive playing; going ballistic; Improvisation
is but a few notes from where you are now!
A CRASH COURSE TO MANDOLIN - DVD support. Pick techniques
, achievable Chords, Accompanying, Soloing and a bit on how to go ballistic,
musically :-) Includes a leaning to the blues
A CRASH COURSE TO FIDDLIN' - DVD support
Bowing - in particular the shuffles, lilts, trills and a step by step path
to soloing safely and effectively. Includes a leaning to the blues and definitely
an easy conversion from Classical to Folk fiddling.
A CRASH COURSE TO FLAT-PICK BLUEGRASS/ FOLK GUITAR - DVD support
Includes applying Guitar to Fiddle tunes and the most volume you can extract
from your instrument per effort. Rising above and around your Musical Plateau;
useful accompaniment and a bit on how to nuts in performance !
GUITAR OPTION: Master Class Championship Bluegrass Flat-Picking - Book &
LEARN TO PLAY DIDGERIDOO: - DVD support
Sure-fire techniques to crack the illusive circular breathing - then the journey
Demystifying SOUND MIXING/ BAND ENGINEERING -
focused on live mixing: equalising the whole sound system (and the band players!!)
: extracting the Real tones from the instruments and voice, pre-amps, pick-ups
& microphones: stacking the odds and players in your favour for a successful
mix & performance - and most importantly - keeping it simple!
includes sound-sorting at numerous Festivals - and head of production at Mildura
CM Fest, France Folk Gathering, Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention, Wirrina
Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Fests
plus the "epic" 35 hours over 8 days Supper Club at Tamworth Festival.
Andrew Clermont Bio 2010
Andrew Clermont - http://www.myspace.com/andrewclermont
has finally settled down, nestled in a happy handful of bands with 5 or 6
instruments appearing often in Austria/ Kenya/ USA/ Canada/UK/ Germany/ Taiwan/
Malaysia/ Hong Kong/ Singapore/New Zealand/ and Australia wide through the
For more than a decade he's
been 'pumpkin powered' in Totally Gourdgeous (Voted Best Live
Folk Band '08); Spirited with Australia's multi-awarded/cultural
Dya Singh World Music Group (LA to Toronto to London Royal Albert Hall); 3
time Bluegrass National Guitar Champ; at the 'cutting hedge'
with The Lawnmowers, and soaring widely with the 13 years of Supper Club gatherings;
however now touring mainly
with Josh Bennett & Parvyn Kaur Singh on their Ragas2blueRiches&beyond
Andrew initiated the NoHoldsBarred
Fiddle Contest and is a Director to the Golden Fiddle Awards.
These are both sponsored by Epoch Violins with Andrew touring the unique 5-string
models while also sponsored/ assisted by Maton Guitars, Gilchrist
Mandolins and White Swallow Banjos.
There are up to 20 CDs & Tuition DVDs (Fiddle/Mandolin/Guitar/Didgeridoo)
with a recent addition of the "Being There" Big Pics multi-photo
series prints (see examples at www.panoramio.com/user/2010087). These pics
can blow up to vertical door size & house wall widths & dimensions
though typically the A3 size is bought.
All in all a true smorgasbord of sound and vision
The last 13years have seen Andrew Clermont’s
International Supper Club grow to full swing with artists from Tibet, Italy
& Nepal to Texas, Oklahoma & Taiwan and many of Australia’s
own unique Voice to Dance & Instrumentalists presented. Andrew is delighted
to have this ‘Fringe Festival’ (15 shows!) develop in his home
town - via the Tamworth Country Music Festival with also May & Oct versions.
Born in Adelaide in 61 and soon a ‘legend’
at his Primary School concerts, Andrew has now resided near Tamworth for
most of his life; trained horses to ride off into the sunset on and taught/
mentored a string of adventurous musicians across the country through workshops,
visits & lessons both direct & on Video.
His love of acoustic music gained him 3 Bluegrass
Guitar Championships (now a judge) and a Golden Guitar with the Three Chord
Wonders at the beginning of his working life. Then there was the Noses of
Fame & Hands of Fame (Tamworth & Barmera) inclusions in cement!
There is a bold bunch of beautiful daughters &
grandsons plus family from Adelaide through Tamworth to Berlin, Germany.
Funnily enough it’s the regular touring that keeps a large element
of family contact rolling along.
He is a tall, colourful and exuberant regular
at many festivals - even providing sound production to suit some of them.
The only Artist to Fairbridge Folk Fest to be invited to all four showcases
of Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar & Gospel + Musicianship Award winner at
Frances Folk Gathering + a regular host of Fiddle Round Robins around the
But some fancier fiddling footwork is often
more publicly seen with friends like The Borderers, Tamerisque, Kavisha
Mazzella, Pat Drummond, The Waifs, Jeff Lang, Xavier Rudd or from USA -
Tom T Hall, Kate Campbell, Colin Brooks and ….
somewhere near you soon!
Recordings, Internet, Videos & Photos
There are some 20 or more CDs which present
Andrew in the various groups, Solo and with long time friend Pauline, into
Meditation and Healing. Most can be sampled at the extensive www.andrewclermont.com.au
website with many travel stories, photos world wide, and Concert Emovies
to download. Also waiting there are samples of the 4 Tuition Videos, and
an entire ‘House’ of photos & linked pages to glean a more
personal insight to the last decades of world traveled music from the chameleon,
Maton Guitars, Gilchrist Mandolins
and Epoch Violins with close relations to Tucker Barrett Instruments, White
Swallow Banjos and Swales Gourd instruments.
Andrew now has several festivals for which he provides & runs the sound
system as well.
The Bands -
BluGuru - Ragas 2Blue Riches CD - Josh Bennett, Parvyn Kaur
Singh & Clermont/
Dya Singh (Nationally Awarded World Music Group - SA to USA, UK & Malaysia
Totally Gourdgeous (OZ & Europe) /The Lawnmowers/ Fiddlers Festival
(Tamworth to Tokyo)/ Terra Australis (Multi-Awarded Bush Band) /
Celtic Conundrums (Snow band!) The Borderers (quite often) /
Andrew Clermont's Supper Club.
Other occasional collaborations
through the years -
Elizabeth Lord & Leigh
James/ Tania Elizabeth (Canada)/ Willow Stahlut- Kemp/ Greg Champion/ Pat
Drummond/ Donna Reynolds/ Xavier Rudd/ The Waifs….
The Festivals annually attended
Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention
(for most of 20 years)
Woodford, National & Pt Fairy Folk Festivals, Frances Folk Gathering.
Mildura Country Music Festival
The Supper Club (18th year 2016) - 'Fringe Fest' to Tamworth CM
Festival (been going to it since 1983)
Andrew Clermont BIO
From watching his brother & sister learning music, Clermont
was soon singing The Seekers songs at infant school in Adelaide. A few years
tuition, a "Guitar Favourites" record from the folks, "The
Ventures" from sister and "Dark Side of the Moon" /"Led
Zeppelin" from brother; add 9th year English teacher, Geoff Bridgland's,
introduction to Bluegrass (as a school elective!) and the seeds were sown.
Funnily enough, the school music classes never turned him
on. He just appeared at the end of year concert, bewildering the music Dept.
Even before high school finished (I think there was a school mates band
called Jaguar), Andrew was co-ordinating gatherings of musicians in school/
church halls for big jams.
Somehow that form has stuck. Recent years gatherings at Woodford World Music
festival with up to 14 on stage - from aboriginal chants, Indian lilts to
the fiddle fraternity plus Blues, Bluegrass & New Acoustic devotees.
Leaving the louder electric realm for acoustic timbres, the formative years
with his brother Alex, late 70s early 80s, exploring bluegrass and original
ideas set Andrew's quick musical wit in place. Several years with the
admired Adelaide Newgrass group, Remnants, soaking knowledge, vision and
considerable Port(!), between Peter Hall (their banjo-man & all instrument
supplier!) and importer/ Radio presenter Neil Meaney (now ABC Wodonga),
cemented Andrew's musical approach (not the Port!).
After surviving the many round the clock sessions, parties, and a little
mechanical engineering training, the world of musical mingling and passing
on, was afoot. Add to that the appearance of a beautiful daughter every
4 or so years, 2 very full decades followed.
of music tumble as Clermont challenges the musical moment. History has seen
him with Troy Cassar Daley; The Waifs, Tom T Hall (USA) and Jeff Lang literally
threw his guitar off when their Xmas duel at Woodford could go no higher.
However Andrew did slip in with India(n) group Dya Singh soaring the
ragas which morphed into BluGuru, and now All Corners Covered Tours.
His CD - The Longing - is a smorgasbord of acoustic finery. There's
also the near 20 years with “Totally Gourdgeous” & his "International
Supper Club " . Folk to jazz, bluegrass, blues, and a little down home
country Bluegrass with "The Lawnmowers" -
after all he did win 3 Bluegrass Guitar Championships as well!
Watch him go from calm to berserk with flair!
ANDREW CLERMONT: The
borders of music tumble as multi-instrumentalist Clermont challenges the
musical moment with his unique ability to be a chameleon with a host of
artists, whether on Violin, Viola, Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Double bass,
Tenor Banjo, Didgeridoo, Dulcimer, or Voice, all played with equal fervour
From cutting crazy
tunes with the jester of Jazz guitar Ian Date, to choreographing with violin
demon Ian Cooper, or rinsing lines with jazz violinist George Washingmachine.
Jeff Lang literally threw his guitar off at Woodford when their duet performance
could go no higher! Beside the songwriters - Pat Drummond, Norma O’Hara
Murphy, Brent Parlane, Elizabeth Lord, Greg Champion, and Beccy Cole, USA’s
Tom T. Hall & Kate Campbell, creating sound-scapes to their stories,
he also recalls a cherished duet with Paul Kelly.
In another breath
Andrew delivers Indian music with Dya Singh’s group - favourites of
the Woodford Festival, soaring the ragas. Amongst a myriad of recordings
for others, he has an acclaimed solo CD ‘The Longing’, and over
30 band & solo releases through as many years!
FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH
- FOUR FIERY FIDDLERS - as presented by BEMAC, Brisbane, August, 2001 CLERMONT
with SPIROS RANTOS
SPIROS RANTOS (Far Left): Violinist
and Conductor, was born in Corfu, Greece, grew up in Athens and pursued
his musical stu
dies in Vienna, Austria, where he met his
wife and musical partner, Israeli born pianist Brachi Tilles. Spiros has
won the International Violin competitions of Colmar, France and Forte dei
Marmi, Italy and commissioned and promoted over 400 performances around
the world as a soloist, chamber music player and conductor. He has recorded
over 55 records for many labels including Deutsche Grammophon, Harmonia
Mundi, Adelcord and Grevillea Records. He has been a frequent guest performer
for National broadcast companies in Europe, Asia and Australia. Spiros came
to Australia in 1976 as a member of the Vienna based group Ensemble 1. He
is the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Melbourne Chamber
Orchestra, and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University
of Southern Queensland & University of Melbourne. He has appeared recently
as a soloist with several regional Victorian and Queensland Orchestras in
concertos by Bach, Haydn, Lalo, Chausson and Saint-Saens. Spiros has received
the Hellenic Distinction Award (Melbourne 1987 and 1990).
FRED GRAHAM (Far Right): One of Australia foremost
fiddle players, Fred Graham plays with Brisbane-based Celtic group Tulca
Mor and is a founder member of the jazz-fusion/ original music quartet Mystrel.
Whilst graduating with a degree in Jazz studies, Fred has nurtured his interest
in Irish fiddle playing, which recently culminated in his touring Ireland
on a Lord Mayor’s Cultural Fellowship grant, to study Irish fiddling.
Fred has played at many major festivals throughout Australia, including
Woodford Festival, Canberra National Folk Festival and Port Fairy Festival.
Fred has recorded two critically acclaimed CD’s: ‘Rise a Mile’
with Tulca Mor and ‘What Borders’ with Mystrel. For the BEMAC
‘Four Corners of the Earth’ World Music Café, Fred will
be accompanied by long-standing musical colleague and friend, Steve Cook
n Bouzouki and Guitar.
SHENTON GREGORY (Right): A graduate from Queensland
Conservatorium with a Bachelor of music in classical Violin, Shenton Gregory’s
style combines sheer virtuosity, amazing versatility, and an entertaining
touch of eccentricity. Shenton has toured with Queensland Arts Council in
schools across 7500km of Queensland; Participated in the “Jazz in
July” course at University of Massachusetts, USA Composed music for
La Boite Theatre and the band George, Toured with Natalie Cole. Performed
a world premier Violin Concerto with a 35 piece amplified orchestra as well
as dangling from a roof in Queen St mall as “Shenzo Gregorio Stunt
Violinist” live on Ch 9 “Today”. Perfomed in
“Shenzo’s Electric Stunt Orchestra” at opening of Roma
Street Parklands. Played African and Afro-Cuban music with Keith Caisey
at the 1999 Pinnacles jazz festival; Vulcana omen’s circus, Smokey
Dawson, Savage Garden, The Whitlams, Kelway String Quartet, Musica Viva,
and with ‘SARS’, the Gypsy, Jazz, Tango fusion quartet, at the
Powerhouse for BEMAC World Music Café and at Brisbane Festival 2000.
Shenton has recently recorded a CD with SARS.
TWAS A BIG, BIG NIGHT
into 2000 - New Acoustic Music Exponent – no style is free from the
N.A.M.E.! Clermont’s ability to be chameleon within each individual
performance of a host of Artists sets him apart from the pack.
has prepared himself for your event:
day cutting crazy tunes with the jester of Jazz guitar, Ian Date;
with violin demon, Ian Cooper;
lines with George Washingmachine;
the songwriters - Pat Drummond, Norma O’Hara Murphy, Brent Parlane,
Elizabeth Lord, Greg Champion, Beccy Cole, (and he recalls a cherished
duet with Paul Kelly);
Tom T. Hall and Kate Campbell creating sound-scapes to their stories;
another breath delivering Indian music with Dya Singh favorites of
the Woodford World Music Festival);
don’t suppose you’ve caught the latest offering from the
Screaming Jets? That intriguing spot of mandolin and in parts fiddle,
comes courtesy of this obliging gentleman;
bands take a turn too:
Fiddlers Festival show cases;
multi-awarded Dead Ringer Band;
refined Brigalow with a classical touch;
Avril Band - Country Soul;
Thang - when it was happening;
choice venue 'The Basement' with The Shuffle Kings supreme;
then there are the 3 Bluegrass Guitar Championships
to his name, a Golden Guitar for Best Vocal Group
with the Innovative Three Chord Wonders, European Tours including the wide-ranging
Kelly’s Revenge and the entire season of World Expo ’92 in Seville,
Spain for the notorious Kangaroo Pub. From Taipei’s Blue Note Jazz
Club via Leofoo Village Adventure Park Bluegrass Show (Taiwan ) to the smoldering
quadrangle of the Pilpilatjara community NW South Australia on one of Brian
Young’s “Longest Chartered Flight Concert Tours in the World!”
There are no boundaries to Clermont’s spreading music “gospel”.
And listening to his 4-way and more CD package, one is convinced this is
but the tip of his melodic iceberg - look out Titanic!
to Top 5 ‘Best Instrumental’ for Golden
Guitar Awards with Once Upon Arrival
with Steve Berry in 1998 & The Crest of Gilmont
with Steve Gilbert Harmonica in 1999 – both from THE
LONGING CD. Awarded ‘Album of the
Month’ in September 1998 Capital News. USA Tour in Oct/Nov
1999 with India(n) cross-culture group, Dya Singh. Now in Top
5 for 'Best instrumental' in Golden Guitars 2000. Reeling
in the Big One with Parris McCleod.
- the essentials ( solo or with band ) - plays Didgeridoo,
Dulcimer, Fiddle, Viola, Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Double bass, Tenor Banjo
and Voice with equal fervor, style and technique.
Has a CD
package to offer – a feast of Clermont's recorded musicology:
- The Longing – presenting the
- BackBeat . . The Sessions –
- Didgeridoo Interludes – landscape
sounds from Cello to Didgeridoo;
- Fiddlers Festival Live – 10
great Oz fiddlers in 3 shows & more;
- The Feast of Fiddlers ABC - 16 individual
artists & styles glorifying the Violin;
- Terra Australis (originally FowlHouse
Jack) - winners of the 'Battle of the Bush Bands'
- Songs for the Soul - for healing
& meditation, with partner Pauline;
- Dance of the Good Life - An instrumental
CD full of adventure with 'Young Australian' award winning Parris
MacLeod on Piano & Drums & Bass with Andrew on everything else;
- BLUEGRASS - Made in Taiwan (Live & Stormy!)
- A classic capture of a cross-cultural event. Jenny Lester from Canada/
Daryl (Jack) Melbourne from BackBeat with Andrew Clermont on their wild
last day together in "The Wild West" of the Leofoo Village Adventure
Park, Taiwan! Really!
- Totally Gourdgeous - with Penelope
Swales (Vocals, luthier of the Gourd instruments i.e. guitar, fretless
Bass, Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar, Jembai, Didg! etc.), Mal Webb & Carl
Panuzzo - Just amazing folk/reggae.
- Strung Out - Fiddlers Festival -
This one will bring you right up to date with plenty of smiles.
produced a dozen definitive albums for assorted artists and can design recordings
for albums, ads or private memoirs . . . even restoration. Just call to
discuss your musical needs for a solution.
Andrew was born on June 5th, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia and from his
early efforts on the guitar and singing Seekers songs when just six years
old, he has progressed to become one of Australia's leading musicians
and Bluegrass exponents - a virtuoso on instruments as diverse as the fiddle,
the mandolin and the didgeridoo. He has toured extensively right across Australia
and through the outback with the likes of Johnny Chester, Brian Young, Tammy
Wynette, Tom T. Hall, Allison Durban and James Blundell. A regular performer
at Tamworth and other CM festivals and at many folk festivals, Andrew has
worked with numerous artists including The Dead Ringer Band, Beccy Cole, Troy
Cassar-Daley, Greg Champion, Brent Parlane, Jim Haynes and Pat Drummond.
the National Bluegrass Flatpick Guitar Champion in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and
is currently a Bluegrass Championship Judge. A member of the Three Chord
Wonders from 1985 to 1988, he shared their Golden Guitar for "Losin'
My Blues Tonight" in 1987. Overseas tours have taken Andrew to Spain
for the World Expo in 1992 and to Sweden, Norway, Austria and his family's
homeland, Germany, in 1995; closely followed by a UK tour with Norma O'Hara
Murphy. Then in 1996, he spent four months performing in Taiwan.
long awaited third album, "The Longing", was released in 1997
and featured many friends - the best talent available anywhere - including
guitarist Steve Berry. Andrew now makes his home near Moonbi, north-east
of Tamworth, and daughter, Nayia Michelle (who appears with dad in the above
photo), is destined for big things in the music world - despite her tender
years, when she sings, you just know that she is singing from the heart
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with an Indian music perfomance at Woodford World Music Festival with Dya
Singh - international perfomers from Adelaide SA. The year wound through
many festivals peaking with a combined family tour joining Elizabeth Lord
& Leigh James with kids, (6 all up), together with each others new CDs
"The Longing" to "Share" tour. 9000km - Byron Bay, Tamworth,
Queanbeyan, Mildura, Adelaide (Festival Theatre), Spud's Roadhouse,
Alice Springs, Uluru, Devil's Marbles, Camooweal, Carnavon Gorge, Redlands
Bay Fiddlers Fest (Brisbane), and back to Tamworth . . .phew! See
See him somewhere
soon! Gympie Muster for a Bluegrass Breakfast, Fiddlers Festival or soaring
with the other artists. Northern NSW with Pat Drummond - check Pat's
site for further details. Andrew is also available for long distance
lessons - recordings, performances too! ...on with the show!
The John Elliot ARTIST Detail QUESTIONAIRE:
Early influences during school years?
The Seekers; Peter Paul & Mary; The Ventures; Status Quo; Led Zepplin;
Pink Floyd; Highschool Teacher Geoff Bridgeland (formed Black Mountain Bluegrass
Boys as a 9th year school elective!); Genesis then David Grisman, Old and
in the Way and the New Grass fascination was set solid.
Who is your hero?
Russ Barenberg (acoustic Guitar), Jeff Beck (Electric Guitar), Mark O'Conner
(Fiddle), David Grisman (Mandolin), Tony Trischka/ Bela Fleck (Banjo)
Too many but...Performing in Dya Singh, with The Waifs and alongside Bluehouse
& Fruit - 4 All Australian bands together at The Californian World Music
Festival, Grass Valley 2001 - Aussies Rocked the US!!
Where do you see your career taking you?
Further into the world's nooks & crannies with an increasing amount
of benefit to assist those in hardship.
Last solo gig Oct 31 2005 celebrating the 100th birthday of Bendemeer's
wooden Bridge with a world of folk at the old Hall raising funds for their
3 phase power. Joined by Belinda Wamsley on wonderful harmony vocals. 2&1/2
hours of a great audience and everything went better than right! Mind you,
the 183 Birthday of a central Taiwan town Hsinshu, with Daryl (Jack) Melbourne
(Dobro), Randal Wilson (Drums), Parris Macleod (Keyboards) & Donna Reynolds
(Bass) in a 6 lane Roundabout Ruin Amphitheatre (centre of the City) was quite
up there too!
Who do you listen to?
Lately..Zubot & Dawson (Canada), Tony Furtado (Colorado), Prefab Sprout
(UK), William Shatner "Has Been" and the heroes list.
Job before music?
University studies of Mechanical Engineering, Moomba Gas & Oil Sites,
When did you start your career?
There were a few years of Bluegrass floorBrian Young Tours of 1983,84 (Longest
Chartered Flight Concert Tour in the World)
How do you see the future for country music?
Appreciating what the young have to offer while preserving access to what
got us this far. And naturally, presenting the breadth of Country Music's
participants living now - to inspire the rest of the living planet and those
to come - hopefully noticing that country music is large and continually progressing,
from which all can draw on and strengthen.
1."Homegrown" (Played everything multi track Solo - Cass) Jan 1985
2. Three Chord Wonders "Try Change" (Record/ Cass & Late 90s
Collectors CD LTD Edition)1985 with Lawrie Minson & John Green
3. produced Brian Young's "Big Fella Wudumbah" (Cass) 1986
4. Homegrown Vol. 2 (Played everything multi track Solo - Cass) 1987 - CD
Anthology version soon!
5. produced Cedar Creek's "... from the Heart" Bluegrass Cass
1989 (while nursing a slashed finger tip!)
6. produced & played bass on The Trailblazers (Harry Trails & Bob
Blazers!) -self titled - Comedy Cass 1989
7.produced with Paul Henderson and member to, BackBeat (Rockin' Bluegrass)
"...the sessions" (Tamworth Underground Tapes Vol 1) 1990 CD re-release
8. produced & played on Bob Stewart's "Mountains of Queenstown"
9. produced & played on Brian Winter's "Jesus was a Swaggie"
CD/ Cass 1991
10. produced & played on Liz Crago's "Homeward" CD/ Cass
11. produced & played on Bill Murray's "Children of the Dreamtime"
12. Collaboration on "Didgeridoo Interludes" with Alistar Black,
Stephan Richter & Craig Lauritson 1996
13. Member to Fiddlers Festival - "Live” CD 1996 with Ray Schloeffel,
Marcus Holden, Mark Oats, Carolyn Trengrove, George Washingmachine, 1997
14. Solo & friends “The Longing” CD 1997 via Richard Porteous
15. “Terra Australis” Self titled (originally FowlHouse Jack)
16. produced and member to BLUEGRASS – Made In Taiwan : Live & Stormy
– featuring Jenny Lester (Canada), Daryl (Jack ) Melbourne & Clermont.
(Official Bootleg!) Recorded 1997 Released 2000
17. Partnership in the Instrumental movie style adventure “Dance of
the Good Life” Dueling with the amazing Parris MacLeod (piano/drums/bass)
18. Partnership in “Happy As Larry” Clermont & Parris Macleod.
Violin & Piano duets. Instrumentals of Celtic to New Age flavour 2002
19. Member to Dya Singh “Bandagi” 2001- World Music Group with
Dya Singh, Keith Preston, Dheeraj Shrestra, Parvyn, Jamel & Harsel Kaur
& Quentin Eyers
20. member to Fiddlers Festival “Strung Out” - Holden, Clermont,
Oats, Clare O'Meara & Garry Steel 2002
21. Member to Dya Singh “300” 2002
member to Fiddlers Festival -"Live in Japan" 2002
22. member to Totally Gourdgeous debut CD with Penelope Swales, Mal Webb,
Carl Pannuzzo 2000
23. member to Totally Gourdgeous “D’vine” 2002
24. producer of Healing & meditation, from partner Pauline - ‘Songs
for the Soul’ and now on Video as well, featuring Pauline’s Art
25. producer of “Let the Sun in You Shine Through” - Pauline .
A Healing CD with meditation based on recovering from Abuse 2002
26. producer of “Child of Light” – Pauline . A Red Indian
(First Nation) style meditation journey with cedar flute, healing drum &
27. member to Fiddlers Festival - “Get Reel” 2004
28. Director of Andrew Clermont's Supper Club Oct 2003 - Official Bootleg
29. member to The Lawnmowers - "The Good Road" 2003
30. member to Totally Gourdgeous - "Stroke of Midnight" 2005
31. member to Fiddlers Festival - "Friendzy" 2005
32. member to Dya Singh - "Live 2005"
33. member to The Lawnmowers "Second Cut" 2006
Videos / DVDs
1. A Crash Course to Fiddling (or Mandolin/Didgeridoo/Guitar) Freedom VID
2. Fiddlers Festival - Live in Japan 2002 DVD
3. Yarra Junction Fiddlers Convention 20 Year Celebration 2002 VID
4. Totally Gourdgeous “ Live Cuts from the Vine” 2003 VID/DVD
4. The Supper Club Hightlights 2004 VID
5. The Supper Club 2005 DVD series - 13 DVDs in all !!! up to 3 camera
angles and up close on stage.
6. The Big Pics DVD - Join Clermont with his around the World collection of
landscape shots with accompanying Music from 'Happy as Larry'
7. The Bazaar Clips - Totally Gourdgeous - Woodford 2007/8
1984, 1985, 1987 National Flat-pick (Bluegrass) Guitar Champion
Won of the Battle of the BushBands 1999 as FowlHouse Jack
- Won of the Battle of the BushBands 2000 & 2002 as Terra Australis
Musicianship Award Inaugural Frances Folk Gathering 2001 & Best Instrumentalist
Heritage Award (Mildura CM Festival 2003) as Terra Australis
Dya Singh - Best World Music Act - Thredbo Festival, SA Music Awards (early
Noses of Fame inclusion (mid 80s/ Hands of Fame inclusion (Tamworth mid 2000
decade & Barmera early 2000 decade)
Musicianship & Guitar Awards - Frances Folk Fest variously through
Director to the Golden Fiddle Awards
Monday, July 17, 2017 8:10 PM