Andrew Collins Trio

Andrew Collins Trio
Andrew Collins Trio
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  • country:Canada
  • region:North America
  • style(s):Acoustic, Tradimodern
  • label:Andrew Collins
  • type:Band, Trio
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal, string
  • artist submitted by:Near North Music

Line up

  • ANDREW COLLINS (mandolin, vocals)
  • JAMES MCELENEY (upright bass)
  • MIKE MEZZATESTA (mando family, guitar, fiddle)


In the newest phase of his career, Andrew is now fronting his own trio. He’s joined by multi-instrumentalist Mike Mezzatesta (mando family, guitar and fiddle) and James Mceleney on upright bass. With such illustrious company, Andrew has continued his defiant experimentation with traditional string band music.

As a solo artist and founding member of some of Canada's most celebrated string bands, Andrew Collins is at the centre of a burgeoning Canadian acoustic music scene. He is a prolific composer, performer, educator, vocalist and accomplished multi-instrumentalist. While mainly known as a mandolin player, Andrew is right at home on the mandola, mandocello, guitar, and fiddle as well, deftly navigating across the bluegrass, old-time, jazz, blues, swing, celtic and classical traditions.

The Andrew Collins Trio has already garnered attention with their debut release A Play On Words (2014), which won them a Canadian Folk Music award for Instrumental Group of the Year. Not easily filed under any one genre, the album gives equal attention to a Bach piece, an original western swing tune, a bluegrassy barn burner and even a couple of vocals, including a mandocello-propelled version of Nick Drake’s One of These Things First. But, as with Andrew’s solo releases, A Play On Words is a yet another homage to the traditions that he’s immersed himself in.