Andy Jones, rhythm guitar and vocalist
Andy is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist in that order. He started writing songs in his mid-teens and found an outlet for them through the bands he’s played with over the years.
Circus of Wolves provides a ‘fresh slate’ to try something new and different with an accomplished group of musicians. To incorporate more jazz, Latin and Brazilian styles into an already eclectic writing style and sound. Rock, funk, folk and soul are other sources of inspiration Andy draws upon.
Before Circus of Wolves, Andy was most recently in Electric Rubyfish with fellow ‘Wolf’ Ruperto Ifil. This Woodstock, NY based band made four albums over a seven-year period from 2006 to 2013. One of those albums, ‘Willing Hearts’, featured Grammy nominee Maria Muldaur on lead and back-up vocals.
Andy also performs solo on occasion, delving into the Circus of Wolves and Electric Rubyfish songbook to please audiences with an ‘unplugged’ approach.
Andy is dedicated to the craft of songwriting. He is an eight-time graduate of three-time Grammy nominee, Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s songwriting workshops at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. In addition, he’s a seven-time graduate of Jimmie’s advanced songwriter class. In keeping with his diverse influences, Andy has participated in two songwriter’s workshops led by acclaimed singer songwriter Dar Williams.
With a new recording project in the works, Andy is very excited to be creating new music with ‘seasoned Wolves’ Ruperto Ifil and Harvey Boyer. And is thoroughly enjoying the creativity of new ‘Wolves’, Nicole Ryan, Mike Ralff and Tommy Porto.
Andy is originally from Nottingham, England. He and his wife split their time between New York City and Rhinebeck in the beautiful Hudson Valley.