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Harvey Andrews

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Harvey Andrews (born Harvey John Andrews, May 7, 1943 in Birmingham) is an English singer, songwriter, and poet.

From 1964, Andrews supported his nascent career as a singer/songwriter by working as a schoolteacher, before becoming a full-time professional musician in 1966.

Andrews has produced 15 successful albums singing his own songs, many of which have also been recorded by other artists.

His emotive The Soldier transmits the same quiet desperation of a soldier about to die “in conflict” as Wilfred Owen’s Dulce Et Decorum Est, though in a very different setting. In fact, the contrast of a battlefield to a commonplace urban setting and the proximity of children makes the situation even more poignant and the waste of a young life even more tragic.

Hey Sandy on the album Writer of Songs is another description of the senseless loss of a young life in conflict. It is based on the death of a female student, Sandra Scheuer, who was shot by the Ohio National Guard at the Kent State University in the USA anti-war demonstration of 1970, although, unlike the Sandy of Andrews’ song, the real student was not directly involved in the demonstration. The album version of the song is an unusual, but powerful, arrangement, in which the first verse is sung to the accompaniment of a solo double bass, played by Danny Thompson.

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  • thetrogg

    Harvest Of Hate

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • hakothereal

    I think Soldier is one the best song of yours. When I've heard it the first time I was very impressed. Like your music very much Greetings from Germany

    23 Oct 2008 Reply
  • SteveEgypt

    Seen Harvey quite a few times now from Cyprus where he was on his honymoon to Gramtham. He is a genuine performer who always makes time for a chat with his fans, both he and his wife are nice people. Long may he go on

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
  • GSV3MiaC

    If you get a chance to see Harvey live, don't miss it ... his CDs are good, but his live performances are even better (maybe one day we'll get a 'live' CD).

    31 Mar 2008 Reply

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