We know little about Mr Boom’s origins other than he seems to have emerged one day from a crater on the Moon, but with Andy we know more, in particular that he comes from Wick, and that he is an accomplished musician, playing with various bands over the years.
He is renowned as a session drummer and is proud to have learned the basic drum rudiments with Wick Pipe Band at the age of fourteen and to have played in various Caithness dance bands (including Eileen and the Talismen) during the 1960s.
When Andy was 16 he won the North of Scotland song writing competition and has continued to write songs and perform as a folk/blues singer guitarist ever since. On ‘The A9 to Wick’ (a parody of Bobby Troup’s ‘Route 66’ written in 1946) he plays blues guitar and harmonica in a foot-stomping tribute to the road that ‘goes from Stirling to Sinclair Bay, More than two hundred miles all the way.’
For Andy himself, there is a family connection, as his late father, William Munro, was the roads civil engineer for the upgrading of the Causeymire road from Latheron to Georgemas Junction in the 1960s and Andy says that he is sure that his father would be pleased to know that this route was re-designated in recent years as the A9.