Parker Artist Andy Innes
A seasoned rock and funk player, and proficient in numerous southern African styles, Andy was born in the United Kingdom near Manchester, but lived and studied in South Africa from an early age. During his university studies he became actively involved in live performance music, both in theatre and for touring bands. After working with several South African bands in the capacity of musician, composer and musical director / band leader, Andy joined Johnny Clegg and Savuka in 1992 on Guitars and Mandolin and has toured with Johnny ever since that time in more than 200 cities in 28 countries. In 1996, from the time of Clegg's Johannesburg Standard Bank Arena shows, he became the band's Musical Director and started to play a part in arranging pieces for live performance, rehearsing bands in and more.
Andy has worked as a session musician on various recordings in addition to the six albums he has recorded on for Johnny. He has also worked with Jackson Browne, Dave Stewart, Peter Gabriel, Ernest Ranglin, I Muvrini and several other well-known artists during his tenure with Johnny Clegg.
Andy has been an avid Parker fan and endorser since the original factory opened in Maine. "I immediately saw the possibilities that the Fly opened up and within the space of two years had made the 'Parker sound' an integral part of my live gig sound. I love the new directions the company has taken since the original ground-breaking work done by Ken Parker."
Andy splits his time between performance and production and has launched his own recording label.
Partial discography: Human; New World Survivor; One Life; Live at The Nelson Mandela Theatre (Johnny Clegg), 46664 ‐ Long Walk to Freedom (Dave Stewart, U2, Queen, Johnny Clegg), Spirit of the Great Hearts - Starfish Foundation (Various Artists), In My African Dream (Johnny Clegg & Savuka), Crocodile Love / Ya Vuka Inkunzi (Juluka), Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees (Soundtrack CD), Carnival (Sting and Various Artists), Phinda (Phinda Mtya), Wa Thinta'bafazi (Lunghi Dlamini), Legend (Suburbia), Karma (Karma), Wemnakwethu (Petrus Mkhwanazi), Black Bull (Thokozani Mabika), Sacha (Sacha Zaayman), Something to Believe (Liesl Graham), Chrysalis (Liesl Graham), Shine (Vicky Samson), Zai (Vicky Samson), Dzovo (Jeff Maluleke), That's The Way (Jeff Maluleke and Hagonya), Best of PJ Powers, (PJ Powers), This Is My World (Concord Nkabinde), Thwasa (Nkwanyana), Phillip Moolman, Andre Schwartz, various soundtrack studio sessions including Coca‐cola Gospel, Nike Olympics, Super 12 Zulu theme, Mathambo Music African library soundtracks (composition and performance) Mandela movie soundtrack and many more.
Partial Live Performance credits: Johnny Clegg & Savuka (MD), Juluka (MD), Johnny Clegg w/ Peter Gabriel (MD), Jackson Browne (MD), Suburbia, Vicky Samson (MD), PJ Powers (MD), Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sophie Mgcina, Abigail Khubeka, Marcalex, Little Sister, Sacha, Johannes Kerkorrel, Amersham, Jeff Maluleke (MD), Liesl Graham, Stages of Love (National Pops Orchestra ‐ Soloist), The Rocky Horror Show (Richard O'Brien's official 90's SA Production).