Britain's premier multi-instrumental entertainer

 

Andy Eastwood

 
 

'A ONE-MAN MUSICAL FESTIVAL' - Ken Dodd

 

A born entertainer - Peter Hepple, The Stage

 

Andy Eastwood and his ukulele-banjo

Andy Eastwood belongs to the generation of artists who are bringing variety entertainment into the 21st century.

 

Andy's specialities are the ukulele, ukulele-banjo, violin and guitar, and in a high-energy, upbeat stage act, he combines his showmanship and personality with remarkable vocal and instrumental artistry.

It's no wonder that Andy has won the acclaim of the public and critics alike, in theatre, cabaret, radio and television.

Andy on stage at the Ukulele
Festival of Great Britain, 2013

 
 

Ace ukulele player ... effortless professionalism ... you'll love Andy Eastwood - Derek Smith, The Stage

  Born in Lancashire to a musical family, Andy entered showbusiness as a child and studied classical violin and piano. But he also developed a passion for jazz and pop and went on to make history at Oxford University by becoming the first musician ever to give a degree recital on the ukulele! He is now described as one of the world's foremost exponents of the instrument.

Andy traveled the world in cabaret before the legendary Ken Dodd gave him a break into theatre work and he has now performed at many of Britain's most prestigious theatres in a variety of productions, including the hit wartime revue We'll Meet Again, with which he has toured the country ten times - giving over 800 performances - portraying one of his showbusiness heroes, George Formby!

 

I've had more letters about Andy than any other artist I've played in the past year! - Desmond Carrington, BBC Radio 2

  In addition to his usual act, Andy has worked as compere, musical director, and as an actor on both stage and screen; he took a singing part in NBC's The John Lennon Story, which has been shown across Canada and the USA. But it is as a solo artist that Andy is most in demand, and he has made appearances with star names such as Ken Dodd, Danny La Rue, Max Bygraves, Roy Hudd, Joe Pasquale, Des O'Connor and the BBC Big Band. Two award-winning summer seasons at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, earned Andy the title of the resort's 'top solo artist', and pantomime performances have seen him in all the main comedy roles, for which he has a great natural talent.

Last year Andy made his 300th guest appearance with The Ken Dodd Happiness Show, and The Stage recently called Andy 'the busiest man in showbusiness' because as well as being a popular name in variety and pantomime, he also makes regular cabaret appearances at top hotels around Britain and aboard cruise ships worldwide. Since 2008 Andy has been presenting Andy's Attic on the internet radio station Retro Jukebox. His most recent television appearances have been two interviews on Cruising With The Stars (Sky 284) and an appearance on Frank Skinner's BBC 2 Formby documentary.

2013 has seen Andy working in Italy and Denmark in addition to the usual British tour schedule, and 2014 brings a new nostalgia production, Bless 'Em All, which will tour approximately 60 major theatres.

 
 

Chris Hurst

 

His CD Ukulele Serenade immediately set me smiling and lifted my spirits - Peter Kingston, The Guardian

   
   
     

This country's greatest ukulele virtuoso - Peter Hepple, The Stage