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The Andrew Collins Trio Push All Musical Boundaries

SCUGOG: Greenbank, December 20th, 2019 – Greenbank Folk Music Society is thrilled to announce that Canadian folk musical mainstays, The Andrew Collins Trio, will entertain on Saturday, January 25th. Showtime is 8 p.m. As noted in the Trio’s website, Mandolin maestro Andrew Collins is at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. He didn’t invent it but he did co-found some seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking Tree String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, his namesake Trio. Having gathered five JUNO nominations and seven Canadian Folk Music Awards with his various ensembles, he’s been 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. Their recent double album, Tongue and Groove, grafts eleven vocal cuts (tongues) with eleven instrumentals (grooves) to create a seamless finish. 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. “The Andrew Collins Trio sounds like a suited, cool and dry 1950s Brubeck style Jazz group, all buzz cuts, Raybans and dog tooth suits. The truth could not be wilder and farther away. Andrew Collins and his trio marry the impeccable workmanship and musicality of classic modern jazz with the fiery attack and infectious smile of furious Bluegrass.” Northern Sky Magazine. We are so much looking forward to warming up our January meeting with some hot and exciting music from these fabulous young musicians. Greenbank Folk Music Society, Greenbank Centennial Hall, Greenbank (Highway 12, 30 mins north of Whitby). Tickets are $30 each and available at: Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock Street West, in Uxbridge, 905-852-4282, P.O.E. Design, 146 Queen Street, in Port Perry, 905-985-0060, or phone 905-985-8351 for reserved tickets and information. Check out our website and watch for future concerts at:, and on Facebook.

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