A few years ago two friends, Andy and Chris, got together and began to dabble with writing songs. To try to get some of their friends to listen to one of their early songs, Chris suggested they said it was by someone else called, 'Rob Connolly'; the pretence lasted all of ten minutes until being rumbled and thrown out! Ever since then Andy has said that if they were to start gigging their songs it would be under the moniker of their fictional singer-songwriter! Fast-forward a few years, and, during a lull in the autumn of 2015, Andy decided to brush the dust off his 'Rob Connolly' songs and share them with the world. Never a lead guitarist, Andy asked Mike to join on lead guitar work and Rob Connolly was born, starting to gig in summer 2016. Soon after they were joined by Naomi (vocals) and Jill (vocals, percussion), completing the first Rob Conn lineup. This lively quartet gigged around Chepstow, Monmouthshire and Bristol until the start of the lockdown closed things down and Naomi decided to have a break, leaving the current trio of Andy (vocals, guitar), Mike (vocal, guitar) and Jill (vocals, percussion).
Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Andy has been playing guitar since his father bought him one for his 14th birthday and performed the next day! With a background in classical music Andy is self taught as a rhythm, folk guiatarist, for many years being involved leading music in church and youth bands. A few years ago Andy met up with a friend, Chris, and together the two began to dabble with writing songs. Chris writes poetry and novels but is not a musician and Andy does music but no words so it seemed an ideal opportunity to collaborate.
On moving to Chepstow in 2013 Andy became involved in the local music scene joining the blues and rock covers band, Twysted River, as bass player. During a lull in band rehearsals in autumn 2015, Andy decided to brush the dust off his "Rob Connolly" songs and share them with the world. Never a lead guitarist, Andy asked Mike to join on lead guitar work and "Rob Connolly" was born, starting to gig in summer 2016.