Steve Leslie Andrews
Steve Andrews is an author, singer-songwriter, poet, freelance writer, public speaker and naturalist. He was born in Cardiff in 1953. Today he is listed on two websites as a “Famous Cardiffian.” He is also known as the Bard of Ely, title he was given by Big issue Cymru magazine in 1998, when he was a columnist for the publication and lived on the Ely housing estate. According to Wikipedia, along with Shakin’ Stevens he is listed as a “Notable person” from Ely.
He is the author of three books published by Moon Books: Herbs Of The Northern Shaman, Herbs Of The Sun, Moon And Planets, and Herbs Of The Southern Shaman.
He has written for many publications, including Kindred Spirit, Prediction, Welsh Coastal Life, Celtic Life International, MyHerbs, Mediterranean Gardening and Outdoor Living, Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping, Big Issue Cymru and Living Tenerife magazines, as well as the Tenerife News, Tenerife Sun, and Tenerife Weekly newspapers.
As a musician he has had his songs used on many TV programmes. His song Sound Of One was in Family Affairs on C5, Rubber Ducky was in Y Ty on S4C, and King Arthur’s Coming was in The Slate on BBC Wales, as well as in documentaries made by Meridian and ZDF. He has also appeared on many TV programmes. He was featured on an HTV Wales news report when he grew the first homegrown Welsh pineapple. In 2000 he was an actor in Red Dragon, a short sci-fi film broadcast in SHOTGUN SLIDESHOW on HTV Wales.
He has a lead role in the documentary Savages In Foreign Lands, directed by Raphael Biss. Released in 2015, the film is distributed by ZED.
He has been a guest on many programmes on Welsh radio stations, including Radio Wales, Bridge FM, Cardiff Radio, and Valleys Radio.
In 1996, his cassette album Dive In Deep was a bestseller on the Music And Elsewhere underground tape label, topping the charts there. He became the second best selling artist on the label ever!
He has performed at the Green Man and Glastonbury Festivals. At Glastonbury Festival he was an MC for the Avalon Stage in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 he was a guest speaker at the event. Tracks by Andrews open and close the Green Man Festival album released in 2003 on Double Snazzy.
In 2002, his song You’re a Liar, Nicky Wire fronted the Taffia EP on Crai Records, and was rave reviewed in the NME. Harvest Home, also included in this EP, was used in the soundtrack of a movie in 2011 by Philip Gardiner, entitled Paranormal Haunting: The Curse of the Blue Moon Inn.
In 2017, Harvest Home was re-released fronting a limited edition CD EP on the German Moloko label.
Also in 2017, Andrews was a finalist in the Best Solo Act category of the Cardiff Music Awards, and he featured on the Britain's Got Talent TV show, with his performance being extensively written about in the press because he got a lot of the audience up on stage to help him out with his cover of Stand By Me.
In 2017, he was number 1 singer-songwriter for Portugal according to the Reverb Nation chart, and in 2018 he made it to number 111 in the Global chart for Singer-songwriters on the website.
He has been working from 2016-2018 with Jayce Lewis as his producer in sessions at Northstone Studios in Bridgend, and has recorded 10 songs that will be released as an album in 2019.
In 2018 he was interviewed for Music Interview Magazine about his song Where Does All The Plastic Go?, and he was interviewed again about this song by Italian radio host Filippo Solibello for inclusion in a book by Solibello to be published in 2019.
He has been featured in the books of many other authors: The World's Most Mysterious People by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe, Real Cardiff by Peter Finch, Fierce Dancing, The Last of the Hippies and Housing Benefit Hill by C.J. Stone, and Leonard Cohen: A Remarkable Life by Anthony Reynolds.
As a public speaker he gave a lecture on The Flora and Fauna of Tenerife to the English Library in Puerto de la Cruz. In Portugal he has been a guest speaker for the Clube Dos Boms Jardins in the Algarve, talking about Butterfly Gardening In Iberia and The Wildlife of Tenerife. Also in Tenerife, he led a number of guided nature walks, including two for a science class at the British School Tenerife, in which they visited the Ponds of Erjos and looked at the ecosystem there, and on another excursion to La Caleta beach, the school children were finding out about plastic pollution. He was commended by the school for his part in leading these walks. At present on Facebook, inspired by Chris Packham, he is aiming to organise a Portugal People’s Walk For Wildlife, and there is a page set up for this. As an expert on foraging he was commissioned to write a series about Foraging Through The Seasons for Permaculture Magazine. He writes a regular blog about nature and environmental issues at http://bardofelysays.blogspot.com/