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Andy Eastwood belongs to the generation of artists who are bringing variety entertainment into the 21stcentury. With ukulele and banjo-uke, violin and guitar, Andy’s act is an upbeat blend of dazzling instrumental artistry, foot-tapping songs and bright and breezy humour.
Born in Lancashire to a musical family, Andy began performing at an early age, studying classical violin and piano. But he also developed a passion for jazz and popular music, and having taught himself uke and guitar, he made history at Oxford University, being the only musician ever to give his degree recital on the ukulele! Since then Andy has spent a decade touring Britain and abroad as a one of the world’s very few full-time pro ukulele artists, and he is proud to have contributed to the instrument’s continuing popularity.
The legendary Ken Dodd gave Andy his break into theatre, and he has made some 300 performances with the great comedian, as well as working with stars such as Max Bygraves, Frank Skinner, Des O’Connor and Joe Pasquale.
Andy’s one-man show is a popular attraction for cruise liners and corporate functions, and his tour schedule of major theatres and cabaret venues worldwide prompted The Stage to call him ‘the busiest man in showbusiness’. Audiences too have taken him to their hearts: two award-winning summer seasons in Blackpool have earned him the title of the resort’s ‘Top Solo Artist’.
Recently Andy has been touring Britain’s major theatres with the 40s revue We’ll Meet Again, which gives him the opportunity to portray some of his showbiz heroes: film legend George Formby, master violinistStephane Grappelli and comedian Arthur Askey.
Andy is also a popular pantomime comic, and in between stage appearances he finds time to present Andy’s Attic on the internet radio station Retro Jukebox.