Sandy studied at Berklee School Of Music, and then moved to New York where she played the role of Janis Joplin in a Broadway musical, did the rounds of the piano bars, and played with Jaco Pastorius amongst others. She formed a band with Mick Ronson which recorded two albums for Electra, and also had a solo album produced by Dieter Meier of Yello. Since 1987 she's lived in London, working with husband and guitarist Steve Bywater: I played double bass for a few tracks on the 1996 album Skating (Bonjour Records). Now signed to One Little Indian, Sandy has released three albums in recent years: Electric Chair, East Overshoe and Nobody's Sweetheart.

I worked on the first two of these, where Sandy and the band created a strikingly original soundscape, mixing influences from Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Captain Beefheart, blues, cajun, world music and free improv. The band included Steve Bywater on electric guitar sonics, Ray Majors (ex-Mott The Hoople) on blues and slide guitar, Greek music maestro George Hadjineophytou on saz, banjo and percussion, multi-instrumentalist Dave Coulter, and myself on double bass.

I no longer work with Sandy, but you can find out more information at her record company site.

In Memoriam

Very sadly, Sandy's husband Steve Bywater died at the end of 2000, after East Overshoe had been completed.

He is sorely missed.