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.
“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops” - Toronto Star
"Simply put, this is a stellar band that resists categorization and one that will expand the listener's range and appreciation of style." - Earshot