Music and video mix rock for Alzheimer’s research

One of the world’s greatest bass guitar talents, Stuart Hamm, has joined forces with London musician Andy Edwards to record an album and shoot a video, to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s.

Posted on 18th January 2010

Entitled Into My Distance, the video can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/8dTcsY and the tracks are available to download on iTunes. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Into My Distance features three instrumental tracks with both Stuart and Andy playing guitar. Written by Andy, the music has a melodic rock flavour, reminiscent of the 80s and 90s, and is heavily influenced by his icons, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Jeff Beck and, of course, Stuart Hamm.

Andy explained his motivation for this project and supporting the Alzheimer’s Research Trust: “My mum, Avis, is 67 and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of dementia a year ago. It came as an incredible shock and it’s been heartbreaking seeing such a strong and caring person deteriorate so rapidly.

“Reality kicked in and I realised that there are hundreds of thousands of people in this country struggling with this dreadful condition. I wanted to do something to help but running a sponsored marathon was out – I’m too fat. Likewise, a sponsored sky-dive wouldn’t suit – I’m scared of heights. But I thought I could write a half-decent tune.

“That’s where Stuart Hamm came in. I’ve been a big fan of Stu’s for a long time and I had the crazy idea of asking him if he’d play on the album. When I got his email saying: ‘Sure, why not!’, I nearly fell through the floor!”

San Francisco-based Stuart Hamm, travelled from the US to do the recording and filming in London, and said: “It’s not every day you get the opportunity to do something so worthwhile. When Andy contacted me, I jumped at the chance. He’s a great guy, with a big heart, and I admire his drive and selfless attitude.”

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, added: “We can’t thank Andy and Stuart enough for banding together to help us beat dementia. The money they raise will make a real difference in bringing a cure ever nearer and hope to people living with the daily reality of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“Dementia research is making progress but it is hugely underfunded. There are 700,000 people in the UK living with this dreadful condition and this number is expected to double within a generation.”

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