#1 Canadian artist receiving airplay on Folkdj (out of 14,052 airplays)
– October, 2016
 
“Boundaries? What boundaries? Mandolinist Andrew Collins ignores them all!”
--- Penguin Eggs
 
“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
 
“To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly.... artfully arranged string music perhaps best described as 'chambergrass' shines through – 4/5 stars"
--- Exclaim! Magazine
 
“Rendering poetry out of strings…[Collins’] compositional virtuosity…demonstrates his track record as a 5-time Juno nominated and 6-time Canadian Folk Award winner.”
--- Spill Magazine

 

Introducing the Andrew Collins Trio

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. 



As Collins gathers up innumerable JUNO nominations (5) and Canadian Folk Music Awards (7) won by his various ensembles, he’s zeroing in on the work he does with Trio-mates:  fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility shines through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney holding it down on the bass, mandocello and vocals. Showcasing a dizzying number of styles and instruments on stage, Collins and Co. appear to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”, likely keeping them just ahead of his grasp. Bending and blending genres, these musical shape shifters land somewhere between the re-imagined worlds of Béla Fleck and Newgrass invader, David Grisman.



They just released a new double album, grafting 11 vocal cuts (tongues) to 11 instrumentals (grooves) to create a seamless finish with their cleverly monikered double album, Tongue & Groove. Each cut is milled to perfection and represents a back-to-basics visitation on what the band does best -- spontaneity of the stage and rapid-fire, improvisational exchanges. 


Andrew's Awards & Nominations

 

2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Winner

Instrumental Group Of The Year

Andrew Collins Trio - And It Was Good

2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Nominee

Producer Of The Year

Andrew Collins & David Travers-Smith

And It Was Good

2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Winner

Instrumental Group Of The Year

Andrew Collins Trio - A Play On Words

2012 Juno Awards - Nominee

Instrumental Album Of The Year

Andrew Collins (solo) - Cats & Dogs

2011 Juno Awards - 2x Nominee

Roots & Traditional Album Of The Year

&  Instrumental  Album Of The Year

Creaking Tree String Quartet - Sundogs

2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Winner

Instrumental Group Of The Year

CTSQ - Sundogs

2010 Juno Awards - Nominee

Instrumental Album Of The Year

CTSQ - The Soundtrack

2008 Central Canada Bluegrass Awards

Band Of The Year

Foggy Hogtown Boys - The Golden West

2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards - 2x Winner

Instrumental Group Of The Year

& Pushing The Boundaries

CTSQ - Side II

2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Winner

Pushing The Boundaries

Andrew Collins (solo) - Little Widgets

2005 Central Canada Bluegrass Awards

Mandolin Player of the Year

2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Winner

Pushing The Boundaries

CTSQ - Self titled

2005 Juno Awards - Nominee

Roots Traditional Album Of The Year

CTSQ - Self titled