Andy Boothman

May 28, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Point of Presence is the home of musician, composer, producer and facilitator Andy Boothman.

Andy is a multi-instrumentalist who plays bass guitar, upright bass, guitar, piano, Cuban tres and specialises in Afro-Cuban percussion and song.

Trained as an audio engineer Andy has had an interest in analogue synthesizers and electronic music since the late 1970s.

Andy has been involved in the Manchester music scene since the early 1980s forming post punk band Two Thieves and a Liar in 1983. They played locally at venues like The Boardwalk where they collaborated with rapper Kermit from the Ruthless Rap Assassins. They received some support on radio from Phil Korbel’s Meltdown and Steve Barker’s On the wire on BBC radio Lancashire. In 1987 Dave Haslam released a flexi disc of Shackles and Chains with an edition of his fanzine Debris.

In 1988 Andy began operating a small 8 track studio, Hex Productions, and began 2 new projects:

Secret Society with poet Lemn Sissay; and AMOK with Eric Random and classical Indian singer Seema.

AMOK performed at large club events in the Midlands like Equinox and Solstice alongside DJs Sasha and Mr Scruff as well as two UK support tours with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Salif Kaita. They also performed at Cities in the Park; supporting  The Wonder Stuff, The Beautiful South, OMD and Cabaret Voltaire.

The band released just one track Orissa on Belgian label Indisc in 1989.

Secret Society’s live acid Jazz eight piece outfit toured extensively around the UK with some European dates; performing at Glastonbury jazz world stage in 1992. They released three 12 inch singles, Are you listening/Soul trader, Move on and Earthpower as well as recording several live sets for BBC radio.

In 1989 Andy joined Factory Record’s band Kalima as percussionist and co-writer playing dates around UK and Europe, filming for Granada TV and recording an album and single at Strawberry Studios with producer Tim Oliver.(discog)

In 1994 Andy began the project Playing With Fire; combining his love of World percussion and electronic music. The project began as a live club act with electronic tracks enhanced with percussionists, instrumentalists and dancers. The act performed at the newly opened Sankey’s Soap, Kudos and One Tree Island as well as Castlefield Arena.

In 1996 a 12 inch vinyl single Extravaganza was released on De Lancey Street records. It sold well and received a 5 star review from Muzic magazine.

In May 2021 Point of Presence released the Feet Don’t Fail Me Now EP of previously unreleased material from Playing With Fire along with a re mastered edit of Extravaganza.

In 1995 Andy formed the band Stalker with singer Tracey Elizabeth. The five piece band performed at some select gigs including the first ever licensed club wedding at The Hacienda.

In 1997 Sankey’s Soap formed a label  Sankey’s Doap Records to release the Unbalanced CD EP and 7 inch vinyl single I Was Born.

The tracks received airplay from DJs like Steve Lamacq on BBC radio.

During this period Andy has also worked as a session percussionist; recording for Carmel on London Records and Sub Sub on Robs Records plus live performances alongside Jools Holland, Andy Shepard, Joe Roberts, Melanie Williams, Graham Massey, Vanilla Sound Corp (featuring Rowetta) and Haji Akbar and Peewee Ellis from James Brown’s brass section the JBs.

In 1993 Andy toured Europe with Urban Cookie Collective to promote the Worldwide hit single The Key the Secret and made numerous TV appearances including two Top of the Pops performances and an interview with Chris Evans on The Big Breakfast.

Andy was also resident club percussionist around Manchester clubs including Sankey’s Soap, Kudos, One Tree Island and Planet Drum (Manchester’s first drum and bass night).

As percussionist Andy also performed on a UK club tour with Hacienda DJ, Jon Da Silva’s, Disco Universe Orchestra.

In 1998 Andy decided to have a break from directing bands and production and embarked on the first of over a dozen research and study trips to Cuba up until 2005. Andy studied the Cuban folkloric traditions of percussion and song initially and then also studied double bass with legendary Charanga group Estrellas Cubanas; performing with them in 2004 at the famous Tropical night club in Havana.

In the UK Andy formed Mojito with fellow Cuban music enthusiasts. Mojito toured the UK extensively playing salsa clubs and concerts including performances at the annual salsa convention at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool.

In 2001 and 2002 Andy undertook 2 research trips to Ibadan in Nigeria and began study with master drummer and musician Rabiu Ayandokun. Rabiu and his wife Saki, a traditional Oriki singer, were invited to the UK and, while here, collaborated on two projects: Voices a 6 track EP written with vocalist Peter Wilkinson and tracks with Playing With Fire for an EP entitled Full Circle.

In 2016 Andy decided to stop touring and concentrate on production again and began work on a new project with vocalist Peter Wilkinson called Old Time Religion. They released their first single on Point Of Presence, Arch Clement, in April 2021 and the Junkman EP in June the same year.

Andy has also begun work on new material for Playing With Fire as well as a more ambient project Present