Tony Edwards & Secret Agent



TONY EDWARDS 'SECRET AGENT' (ENGLAND)

Tony Edwards is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist with over 30 years experience in the live environment. Starting out in Jazz as a drummer in the mid 80’s, he had his first residency at 15 years old, playing with musicians with proven track records. Soon after, a stint as a rhythm guitarist and piano player in a constantly working UK Showband provided solid working experience. As he found his voice as a singer, he moved to rock music and as a guitarist and lead vocalist he fronted several bands in the East of England, securing support gigs with top acts such as the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Magnum.

After a short break in the late 90’s, Tony became the on call dep player for a host of local acts, while doubling as a Law student and taking a job in industry. By the early 2000’s a commercially successful duo led him back to full time music.

2005 saw the opening of a Teaching Studio on the Norfolk Coast, doubled with an instrument repair workshop. This grew into a full luthiery in 2009, creating fully hand crafted custom designed guitars for clients.

Always a blues enthusiast, a chance encounter with a Dutch Guitarist led to the formation of ‘Secret Agent’ – a tribute to Irish blues legend Rory Gallagher.

That band ran for three years playing festivals across Ireland, the UK and Netherlands, including the world’s largest free music festival, the Matthew Street Festival in Liverpool.

2009 took Tony into the studio to record his Solo album – Notebook. Without a ready band, the album was recorded with just he and an engineer in four days. With encouraging reviews, a band was formed to promote the album and some strong gigs with Skinny Molly and Joanne Shaw Taylor started to build momentum. But this was thwarted when a minor workshop accident left him unable to play for some months, the band broke and the second album remains in the can, largely complete but unreleased.

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