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.
I also sing and play keys in the fabulous Giant Stone Eater. A band playing a juicy mix of covers and originals.
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.