Andy Thomas is beginning to be accepted by some as a local in Lewes, having moved to the town in 1977 from Surrey. Though he first visited the town in about 1952 and in fact a picture from then came to light recently showing him in the stocks at Lewes Castle, for misdemeanours unknown.
With his day job as a lawyer with a Lewes firm, he had a chance involvement with local radio in 1998 and was one of the small group who founded East Sussex Radio Society in 2001, when he helped to organise the Society’s first broadcast that Autumn. For a few years he stayed well away from the microphone and dealt with all the fun jobs, such as invoicing and scheduling, instead. But he was later persuaded to have a go on air, first as a guest on other peoples’ shows and later as joint and finally sole presenter. Andy says it has been a steep learning curve, quite scary to begin with, but also great fun.
Andy co-presents Guitar Town, a joint effort with his old sparring partner Peter Flanagan, both founder members of ESRS. Each brings a love of guitar music and occasionally some knowledge and understanding to the show. Both have attempted to play the guitar, believing sincerely that ‘if a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly’.
The aim is to talk about and bring to air a broad range of music played on this most versatile of instruments, from classical through jazz to rock, pop, blues and Americana. And in the mission statement is to feature as many musicians from the lively local scene as possible, both on disc and performing in the studio.
There’ll be a bit of geeky stuff but not enough to get in the way of loads of great music.