Pinawa LGD | Aug 11, 2017
Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA)
The Andrew Collins Trio
Friday, March 13, 2020
Pinawa Community Centre
Hang onto your hats as an incredibly precise and lively mix of music races past your ears. In addition to vocals, these three award winning masters are equally comfortable on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, violin, guitar and bass. Picks will be flyin’ and strings will be twangin’ all night long. There won’t be a foot left motionless.
As Collins gathers up innumerable JUNO nominations (5) and Canadian Folk Music Awards (7) won by his various ensembles, he’s 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.