Steve Andrews comes from Cardiff in Wales where he was born and lived until the end of 2004 when he moved to the Canary Islands. He was a writer for Big Issue Cymru magazine for homeless people in the late '90s and this publication dubbed him The Bard of Ely. He has used this as his stage name ever since.
Bard of Ely is a singer-songwriter with several releases on the DMMG Records label - dmmg.co.uk/dmmg-records.php. He has performed at Glastonbury Festival on many occasions and in 2002 and 2003 he was a compère for the Avalon Stage at the event. He also appeared at the Green Man Festival and had two tracks on the CD album with the same name as the festival. In 2002 he had two more of his songs released on the Taffia EP on Crai Records, the leading Welsh label on which Catatonia began their career.
Under his real name he has written for Permaculture, Prediction, Kindred Spirit, Permaculture, Feed Your Brain and Living Tenerife magazines, as well as the Tenerife Sun and Tenerife News newspapers. He is the author of Herbs of the Northern Shaman (O-Books) and Hummadruz and a Life of High Strangeness (Amazon Kindle).
In the mid-nineties, Steve Andrews worked as a TV presenter on two series of In Full View on Choice.