Andy Ward (musician)

Andrew John 'Andy' Ward (born 28 September 1952 in Epsom, England) is an English progressive rock drummer.

Andy Ward
Andy Ward in 1977. Photograph by Ueli Frey.
Background information
Birth nameAndrew John Ward
Born (1952-09-28) 28 September 1952
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
GenresProgressive rock, canterbury scene, neo-progressive rock
Associated acts

Early life

Ward attended the City of London Freemen's School.[1] He began drumming at the age of 13 in a local rock band with Jim Butt (guitar), Doug Houston (vocals), Colin Burgess (bass) and Jan (Murray) Obodynski (keyboards).


Camel 1971–81

Ward became a founding member of the progressive rock band Camel, who formed in 1971, evolving from Ward's first band, The Brew. One of the leading lights of the English progressive rock movement, Camel enjoyed considerable success worldwide, peaking in 1975 when they performed their album The Snow Goose at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra. Following a period of ill health – including problems caused by alcohol and drugs – in 1981 he was forced to retire from the band.[2] Because he left Camel, Andrew Latimer became the only original member who remained in the band.

Marillion 1983

Two years later he resurfaced briefly with the neo-progressive rock band Marillion,[3] appearing in the video of the hit single "Garden Party" from their debut album Script for a Jester's Tear and performing with them for three months as a replacement for their original drummer, Mick Pointer, who had recently been sacked. Ward's performances with the band included an appearance on the BBC's The Old Grey Whistle Test when they performed "Forgotten Sons". According to Mark Kelly, Ward had been recruited to the band without a proper audition because of his reputation. However, as both Kelly and Fish have recalled, his personal problems had resurfaced and he succumbed to a near nervous breakdown midway through the band's first American tour.[4]

Canterbury 1987–2002

Throughout the 1990s Ward worked with Richard Sinclair's Caravan of Dreams[5] and Going Going, with Sinclair, Hugh Hopper, Vince Clarke and Mark Hewins. In 1994 he joined Mirage – a progressive "supergroup" combining members from both Camel and Caravan.[6] Other projects included the studio-only group Chrys&themums, led by eccentric singer-songwriter Yukio Yung (aka Terry Burrows), who received drum tracks through the post from Ward before building songs around them, playing all the other instruments himself. At this time Ward also became full-time drummer with cult English rock band the Bevis Frond, with whom he recorded and toured extensively.


In 2002 a compilation CD, Sticking Around, was released, highlighting his work with Camel and other projects.

In 2003, Ward participated in a short lived reformation of the original members of The Brew (with Latimer and Ferguson) and recorded material for an album that never materialized largely due to Latimer's ongoing health issues.[7]


Studio Albums

1971 Phil Goodhand Tait I Think I'll Write a Song

1973 Camel Camel

1974 Camel Mirage

1975 Camel The Snow Goose

1976 Camel Moonmadness

1977 Camel Raindances

1978 Camel Breathless

1979 Camel I Can See Your House From Here

1981 Camel Nude

1985 Adrian Shaw Tea for the Hydra

1988 Skaboosh Freetown

1991 Todd Dillingham Wilde Canterbury Dream

1993 Todo Dillingham Vastrmpty Spaces

1994 Bevis Frond Sprawl

1995 Bevis Frond Superseeder

1995 Yukio Yung Goodbye Pork Pie Brain

1995 Yukio Yung Hello Pulsing Vein

1996 Yukio Yung Mostly Water

1996 Richard Sinclair Caravan of Dreams

1997 Richard Sinclair RSVP

1997 The Deviants Have Left the Planet

1998 Bevis Frond Valedictory Songs

1999 Chrys&Themums The Baby's Head

1999 Steve Adams Vertigo

2002 Bevis Frond What Did for the Dinosaurs

2002 Anton Barbeau King of Missouri

2003 Hug Hopper In a Dubious Manner

2003 Andy Ward Sticking Around

Live Albums

1973 Camel Greasy Truckers Live At Dingwalls’ Dancehall

1978 Camel A Live Record (Double live album)

1992 Camel On the Road, 1972

1993 Richard Sinclair An Evening Of Magic (Double album)

1995 Mirage Live

1996 Camel BBC On the Road 1981

1998 Bevis Frond Live at the Great American Music Hall

1998 Country Joe McDonald Eat Flowers and Kiss Babies

Compilations Albums

1982 Camel The Chameleon The Best Of Camel

1986 Camel The Collection (Double album)

1991 Camel Landscapes

1993 Camel Echoes (Double album)

1997 Camel Master Series

2001 Camel Lunar Sea (Double album)

2010 Camel Rainbow's End Anthology (4-CD Boxset)


1986 Marillion The Videos 1982–86

2003 Camel Curriculum Vitae

2004 Camel Footage

2005 Camel Footage II

2007 Camel Moondances


  1. "A Drummer's Tale". Official Andy Ward Website. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  2. Camel Official Site
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Fugazi". Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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