The Andrew Collins Trio and The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
From the Promoter
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, 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. Despite taking musical cues from David Grisman, Andrew, Mike and James have ventured further down this path of Newgrass and beyond – melding multiple genres after absorbing each of their boundaries – all towards extrapolating 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 ACT does – no matter how hard you try. And that’s the way they like it, on disc and stage. That’s certainly the Andrew Collins Trio's mission in life – to swing open new doors, towards a reimagining of how we listen and what we listen to.