Some of you have already seen Andrew perform in Humph Hall last year when he appeared with the fantastic Annie Lou Band!
Now he is returning to Australia and to Humph Hall with his own band.
Andrew Collins (mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar & fiddle)
Mike Mezzatesta (mando family, guitar & fiddle)
James Mceleney (upright bass)
For the last fifteen years, Andrew Collins has been at the forefront of a new acoustic movement that pushes the boundaries of traditional music. As a solo recording artist and a founding member of the Creaking Tree String Quartet and the Foggy Hogtown Boys, he has earned five Canadian Folk Music Awards and five Juno nominations. In keeping with his ongoing exploration of the “Chamber Grass” genre, Andrew has teamed up with Mike Mezzatesta and James McEleney to form the Andrew Collins Trio.
Committed to the innovation of new acoustic music, this ensemble has joined forces to create a compelling body of work that blurs the lines between bluegrass, jazz, old-time, folk, celtic and classical music. Invoking the traditional sounds of the past while evoking a distinctly contemporary aesthetic, the Andrew Collins Trio demonstrate their compelling musical versatility as they trade off on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, fiddle, guitar, and bass.
Their debut release “A Play On Words” is receiving rave reviews and has garnered a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for instrumental band of the year.
Visit the Andrew Collins Trio web site.
Instrumental Group of the Year! - 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards
"Collins is not just an instrumental whiz but also a very capable composer." - Mike Sadava
"Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso Collins pulls out all the stops on his instrumental solo debut, a masterful amalgam of mostly original bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical pieces." - Greg Quill