I am a Scottish singer songwriter living in Switzerland. I have recorded over 15 records in as many years. I write songs of love and joy and sadness and anger using an old piano and sometimes just by bashing out beats on a drum machine and strumming along on a guitar. If I get stuck lyrically I tend to set an old typewriter loose on my ideas.
I have a rock ‘n roll side. I sing for Not The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, a tribute to The Sensational Alex Harvey Band with all the high camp rock theatre that this implies. We’ve just been on our 6th UK Tour. I have had the honour of fronting some shows with members from the original Sensational Alex Harvey Band singing for Chris Glen and The Outfit.
Gustav Bertha was my artist name between 2001 and 2008. I recorded 8 albums worth of material under that name and signed a physical distribution deal with Swiss label Rec Rec before switching to writing and performing under my own name in 2009. I played nearly a hundred gigs with the trio Gordon Bell & The Sinking Ships between 2009 to 2012. A few years before that I played for a few years with some lovely blokes in a band called sLow. I could keep going back, there have been quite a few musical adventures!. Apart from all this and that my oldest running band is The Secret Life of Andrew Aston. We rehearse most weeks in a cellar and have played zero gigs. One day, one day.
I am also the host and producer of the long running podcast Way Past Bedtime.