Sheffield musician leads the tributes to ‘a top man’ of music

Andy Weaver, of Chicken Legs Weaver.
Andy Weaver, of Chicken Legs Weaver.
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Richard Hawley has led the tributes to a Sheffield singer and guitarist who has died of cancer.

Andy Weaver, frontman with Sheffield band Chicken Legs Weaver, was described by Hawley as ‘one of the nicest musicians I ever worked with’.

“His presence and ideas were something to behold and it was a wonderful thing to be involved with him,” he said. “He never got the commercial success he deserved but his musical successes were abundant.

“Andy saw the importance of colloquialism, he was very influenced by American blues, but there was a quality to his music that was deeply rooted to Sheffield. He saw beauty in the things immediately around him.

“We got on very well socially and as well as being a great musician he was also a top man to be with. He will be really missed.”

Andy lived in Meersbrook for years and taught English at Sheffield College, where he is remembered by his students for his passionate conversations about music. By night he was the driving force behind Chicken Legs Weaver, formed in 1994.

The band released two studio albums, a live album and numerous EPs, and recorded a session for Mark Lamarr’s God’s Jukebox show, broadcast on BBC Radio Two.

Andy, who was born in 1965, also released a solo album and worked briefly with London band The Killer Bs.

He left Sheffield for London in 2009, and leaves a wife, Joi, to whom he was married for 15 years.