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.