Andy Milner Guitarist Composer
Born in Dartford 1952, where Mick Jagger and Keith Rich
Started playing guitar after seeing "The Shadows" on a wet Saturday morning in 1962 entering Jennings Musical Industries (VOX) Dartford Kent England.
Had a few classical guitar lessons in 1966 with a lady called "Leslie". Generally self taught.
In the late sixties I studied electronics at Lewisham College, whilst learning the complexities of ragtime, classical and rock. Occasional visits to Farningham Folk Club on Fridays, a haven for what was happening.
1970; My first Fender Stratocaster, a secondhand 1962 Pre CBS, tobacco sunburst.
1972; Jennings Electronic Industries.119 Dartford Road, Dartford.(previously JMI Vox) working with musical instruments and amps alongside Dick Denney see "The Vox Story". He showed me the basics of jazz, swing and a whole lot more, over the next few years I saw a lot of Europe demonstrating for the company and working on product development, I also had a brief spell at Challenger and Hicks retail music shop, Dartford, with Paul, Tom Jennings son.
1976; Made redundant from JEI on 30.01.1976. Took guitar playing seriously, bought my first "Revox" Tape Recorder and began my own research and development making guitars, amps and FXs.
1977; First home based studio, using my own compressor/limiters and eq. which I still use today.
1978; Serious punk band "FRANK DETAILS" collaboration with Richard Furzer.
1980 Single 45 on vinyl "False Pretences". Over the next 5 years Richard and I wrote and released an extensive array of songs and music independently, covering all guitar styles and innovating African style music in our songs, see "TELEPHONE SONGS". www.soundcloud.com/richard-furzer
1980s Involved working on a number of musical projects using early programming (SMTE) etc. After much frustration with the frivolous British music industry I decided to do what I enjoyed the most and developed a solo set for acoustic guitar, recording and writing world music with a release "RAJAZZ GUITAR", endorsed by a number of artists as a ground breaker for acoustic finger style guitar playing. I performed at the Mean Fiddler and The Royal Festival Hall, London on a number of occasions alongside other venues in the South East of England. A further release "GUITAR 2" followed.
1990; I set off west with my family and found Wales.
1993; After various "folky excursions in Welsh Music" I met Ricky Gardiner, Bowie/Iggy Pop collaborator, see www.rickygardiner.com, and developed a new album in the humble surroundings of Ricky's Studio. Magic ensued with a string of single take solo tracks performed on a full moon, encapsulating my abilities as a passionate guitarist. See "INSIDE OUT". Various BBC performances and recitals transpired.
1996; Work continued on a new album, but ill health (I had asthma as a child and have suffered with eczema, most of my life), by all accounts I developed "Crohn's disease", many tests and frequent visits to GPs and hospitals over the next five years. "Spiritual Healing" and many alternatives were sought during this period which helped, but due to catastrophic weight loss and depression, emergency hospitalisation was inevitable and in 2001 I had my first Crohns extraction, an end to side entero-entero anastomosis was constructed.
1998; I was approached by Lifelong Learning whilst involved with a local project "Steer Studios", a community based recording studio, and started teaching guitar at various locations in South Wales, which I continued with till 2016.
2001; Release of "LOST ON THE BORDER" an array of original guitar performances, programming and production, largely improvised guitar playing. Classical, Jazz, Ambient, Spanish, Ragtime.
2005; "SOFT TOUCH". An album of original blues and soul songs, melancholy and full of "real guitars and drums" ,with Nik Turner, Django Freil, Ben Milner.
2007; MESSTHETICS #102. d.i.y. and (very) indie post-punk from London and the home counties '78-81. frank details false pretences.
various tracks. hip hop, slide guitar, roots, ambient, rock, country as free downloads. Wild Cat Slide. These Still Waters. The Crowd. Skylark. Kites. Four Leafed Clover. Crossroads. (all now removed). Paint it Black. Angi. This Bird has Flown, remain.
2012; Second Crohn's extraction, and removal of end to side anastomosis. After 12 years of steroids and azathioprine I ceased all "nasties" in 2014 and seem to be ok, even my eczema has cleared! many thanks to all for your support during a very difficult spell. I have been busy composing classical Spanish guitar and recording in my studio, an adventure with orchestra... enjoying it, what I'll do with it ? touring ...screws me? maybe a few local recitals??. Only God Knows. Faith and Hope.