Andy Long Bass Player

Four/Five/Six Strings & The Truth


August 2015

Website rebuild


My website used to be all blue and stuff.

now it looks like this…

That’s all


‘Blues Like A Prayer’ is now a Pay What You Want download

Grab yourself some great gospel blues  pay whatever you like (or don’t pay anything!)

We released our latest album, ‘Blues Like A Prayer‘ in October last year. We’re really proud of this album and now that it’s been out for a while we’d like to get it out to a wider audience.

So, as of today, the download of the album from Bandcamp goes to ‘Pay What You Want’, the same fantastic deal as our earlier albums.

cd cover_000001Hit the Bandcamp link and get yourself a copy, or ten copies if you like!

Please pass this newsletter to anyone you think would be interested, we want to get the music out there.

Of course, if you do want to slip us a couple of quid we will happily tuck that away underneath Tim’s mattress.

For all those of you who paid a fiver for the download in it’s early days, we thank you and hope you don’t feel ripped off.

A few Autumn gigs coming up, watch for another newsletter soon.


contact Tim at


Thanks guys, see you soon.


Tim, Harvey and Andy.

Emoji Artwork by Jim Craig

Jim Craig is a Community Arts Chaplain in the parishes of Gateshead and Bensham, he also runs a gallery, Sanctuary Artspace, which is installed along the north wall of St Edmund’s Chapel on Gateshead High Street. You can read his blog site here.

He tweets as @JamesOMCraig and earlier today I accidentally stumbled across a Twitter conversation in which he was offering, for one day only to create free emoji portraits. So I immediately replied ‘I want one!’

I don’t know Jim at all, but sometimes you just have to have a Twitter punt, which I have now decided is called a ‘twunt’!

Later in the day Jim tweeted me back ‘Voila’, and here is the amazing finished portrait. How cool is that?


Hereditary Angioedema – update

I’ve had my Hereditary Angioedema page on this site for a few years now, It gets quite a lot of hits from around the world and the story has been shared on lots of different websites. I get quite a few emails from fellow patients and I’m always happy to chat about the condition.

Periodically I update the story with recent developments, but doing that has made the page become something of an epic, so I thought instead that I would update everyone via the occasional blogpost, so here’s one.

This year has been as interesting as any for a HAE patient. For a long time now I have been suffering with dry scaly, skin on my back and this year I’m also getting it on one of my forearms. I discussed this with my immunologist and we thought it might be a potential side effect of long term use of tranexamic acid.

As my HAE swelling are generally not too severe, especially compared to some, he suggested that I come off the drug altogether for a while and ascertain whether the skin problem improved.

I’ve been taking tranexamic acid for over twenty years now, so had no idea what would happen, but I came off the drug altogether.  After about a week or so I had a completely spontaneous swelling in my right arm, there were no trigger factors, such as a bump or fall that we could identify.  The attack started with the typical red rash, you can see what that looks like in the attached picture.IMG_0522

The swelling started as a pronounced lump in the middle of my forearm and gradually worsened, spreading right up to the elbow and down into my right arm.  Once it had started I declared the tranexamic acid experiment a failure and jumped straight back on them, taking an increased dose for a few days.

Despite that the attack lasted for a good few days. I didn’t go for hospital treatment, I never do for arms and legs as they are not dangerous attacks, just a bloody inconvenience.

After being back on the medication for a few weeks I suffered another attack, again spontaneous with no trigger factors, this time it was in an area that, well let’s just say I won’t be posting any pictures of that one!  I’ve had attacks like that in the past and they are extremely painful and debilitating. Last a day or two before subsiding.

I guess the lesson for me is that if you have a medication regime that is working it probably doesn’t pay to bugger about with it.


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