Back home and on stage

Musician Andy Oliver
Musician Andy Oliver

A MUSICIAN who successfully battled the booze with the help of music enjoyed a successful homecoming gig.

Andy Oliver, 32, was back in Hart Village where residents took the chance to have a sneak preview at his brand new single.

Andy, who grew up in the village, has endured a battle with the bottle in the past, admitting that he downed 12 pints seven days a week for around 10 years.

But with the help of his guitar, his actress wife Janet Bamford and his close friend Jim Ellel, Andy put his excessive drinking days behind him and began to focus his music.

Andy and Jim, who perform under the name Andy Oliver, have released their first two singles, which both reached the top 20 in the iTunes chart last year.

And ahead of the release of their third single and during a trip back “home” to Hartlepool, Andy took the opportunity to play a solo gig.

He performed the new song, Scar, at the White Hart pub, in Hart Village.

“It went really well,” said Andy, who now lives in Clitheroe, in Lancashire.

“I got some really good feedback and I got asked to go back and play again later in the year as a result.”

Andy, who’s mum and dad, Ann, 55, and Mike, 57, still live in the village, added: “It was fantastic to get such a good response to the new material.

“I knew I was coming back to Hartlepool for a few days and when I found out I might have the opportunity to play I was over the moon.

“I would like to thank everyone who came along on the night and everyone who continues to support me.

“It really is greatly appreciated.”

The new single is now available to download.

For more information about Andy and the music he is creating visit www.facebook.com/theandyolivermusic.