Andy Latimer

May 17, 1949 / Guildford, Surrey, England

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Andrew Latimer (17 May 1949, Guildford, Surrey, England) is an English musician and composer who is one of the original members of the progressive rock band Camel. He is mainly a guitarist and singer, but also a flautist and keyboardist.

Latimer’s most common guitar of choice is a Gibson Les Paul, but he is also known for playing Fender Stratocasters and other guitars. From the 1990s onward, he also played a Burny Super Grade, an 80s copy of the Gibson Les Paul Model. The amplifiers he uses range from Fender, Vox, and Marshall.

He established a music production named Camel Productions which released Camel’s new albums: Dust And Dreams (1991), Harbour of Tears (1996), Rajaz (1999) and A Nod and a Wink (2002).

In May 2007, Susan Hoover, Latimer’s wife, announced through the Camel Productions website and newsletter that Latimer suffered from a progressive blood disorder polycythaemia vera since 1992, which had later progressed to myelofibrosis. This was part of the reason why Camel ceased extensive touring. In late 2007, he underwent a bone marrow transplant. As of September 2008, he was back home and finally recovering his strength, even considering the possibility of a smaller-scale tour in the future.

The latest news regarding Latimer comes via a blog from David Minasian, who has directed several Camel video productions over the years. Minasian released his album, Random Acts of Beauty, in August 2010. Latimer’s health has progressed to the point that he contributed guitar solos, and vocals to the album’s opening track, “Masquerade”.

Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery has cited Latimer as one of the biggest influences on his playing.

Instruments Played

  • Guitar
  • transverse flute
  • piccolo
  • pan flute
  • keyboard
  • tambourine
  • bass
  • piano
  • drum machine

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