Born May 7, 1943, in Birmingham, England, Harvey Andrews had been singing since childhood, but while at college he was turned on to American folk. He began singing at a folk club owned by the Ian Campbell Folk Group in 1964, and appeared on an EP with folk revivalist Martin Carthy in 1965. Andrews was a teacher through most of the late '60s, but in 1970 he released Places & Faces, his debut solo album. An appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival that same year heightened expectation for a follow-up, and Writer of Songs did quite well when it appeared in 1972. He spent the following year touring with the art rock band Focus, and also completed his third album. Andrews appeared on the BBC TV series The Camera and the Song during 1975, and also collaborated with guitarist Graham Cooper for the album Fantasies From a Corner Seat. He formed his own Beeswax label in 1982 to release his recordings and re-release selections from his back catalog.