Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself 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 String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, the Andrew Collins 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 bluegrass, folk, blues, jazz, old-time, swing, Celtic and classical.
As Collins gathers up innumerable Juno nominations and Canadian Folk Music Awards won by these various ensembles, he’s zeroing in on the work he does with his beloved trio. Now joined by fellow string guru, Mike Mezzatesta – who’s versatility and mastery shine through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney, holding it down on the bass, mandocello and vocals.
The trio is breaking ground in “newgrass” and beyond — melding multiple genres resulting in brave new musical worlds that can only be thought of as their own ‘creation’. Nothing less will do. You won’t be able to put any box around what the Andrew Collins Trio does – no matter how hard you try. And that’s the way they like it.
As soon as we heard this Trio’s sound, we knew it would be a hit with our audience. We welcome you to join the Andrew Collins Trio in Hilton Beach for their Northern Ontario debut!