Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at 7:30pm
5x JUNO nominee and 7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself – through no actual fault of his own – at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene.
He didn’t invent it – but he’s certainly been a contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking Tree String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, his namesake Trio. That’s not to mention the fact that this prolific, robust performer – comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello – composes, produces, arranges, writes and teaches across multiple genres, including a popular collision of folk, jazz, bluegrass, celtic, and classical. Andrew’s skills on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola, mandocello and smooth vocals merge with the rich talents of his trio mates Adam Shier (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and James McEleney (bass, mandocello and vocals) and represent a back-to-basics visitation on what the band does best – spontaneity of the stage and rapid-fire, improvisational exchanges.