Kapiti’s Andrew London Trio

a1 abdrew london trioThey’re ‘Flight of the Conchords’ for Rest Homes!

By Alan and Helen Tristram

‘Satire, Swing and mischievous musical comedy’

After a recent appearance live on Jim Mora’s National Radio show, one commentator remarked ‘The Andrew London Trio are Flight of the Conchords for Rest Homes!’

Songwriter/satirist Andrew London explores middle-class obsessions and taboos in songs about rugby fans, television evangelists, weddings, male insecurities, technophobia, youth culture, household appliances, pretentious socialites and parenthood.

Aand various other issues of concern to the average middle-class, middle-aged, Middle-Earth-dweller.

Woodwind exponent and songwriter Nils Olsen (left in photo) contributes with jazz-influenced saxophone, clarinet and flute, and more introspective original songs that provide a contrast to London’s characteristic levity.

London’s recorded work now comprises eight albums with swing trio Hot Club Sandwich.

One of these gained a 4-star review in Downbeat USA, the world’s longest running jazz magazine; two were Cattlestops albums, one of which was a finalist for the ‘Country album of the Year’ Tui award in 2007, and which featured prominently in the movie ‘Second Hand Wedding’;  and one was the ‘Tales of Tennessee’ album featuring legendary fiddler Colleen Trenwith, of the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band

In 2010 Hot Club Sandwich, which included Olsen at the time,  was flown to Saudi Arabia by the New Zealand Embassy to present a series of concerts to international audiences.

The trio is completed by bassist Kirsten London, also active with Kapiti-based quartet ‘Henpicked’, who have released several albums of original material, and featured at music festivals throughout NZ.

‘High levels of poise and affability…witty lyrics that would draw quiet laughs of agreement from Mose Allison and Dave Frishberg’ – Downbeat Magazine USA 2014