5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins Trio Release “And It Was Good” at Hugh’s Room on Fri. Oct. 21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 12, 2016

Good Times Are Sure to be Had when 5x JUNO nominated/6x CFMA winning mando-maestro ANDREW COLLINS TRIO release ”AND IT WAS GOOD” HUGH’S ROOM – FRI OCT 21, 8:30PM

The Andrew Collins Trio

“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops” ~ Toronto Star

“Boundaries? What boundaries? Toronto mandolinist Andrew Collins ignores them all!” ~ Penguin Eggs

“To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly…. artfully arranged string music perhaps best described as ‘chambergrass’ shines through – 4/5 stars” ~ Exclaim! Magazine

Andrew Collins is a part of the firmament. He’s the mercurial, 5x JUNO-nominated/6x CFMA winningmando-maestro behind two of Canada’s top-billed string bands – The Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. An adventurous musical explorer, he lands somewhere between the re-imagined worlds of Béla Fleck and Newgrass invader, David Grisman.

Together with fellow members of the Andrew Collins Trio (ACT) – string guru Mike Mezzatesta and in-the-pocket bassist James McEleney – good times are sure to be had with their sophomore release And It Was Good CD.

Sitting atop a catalogue representing 2 solo records, 11 collaborative releases, and 2 with his Trio, Collins appears to live by the old adage, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” – because “And It Was Good” tackles Creation itself – likely keeping him just ahead of the devil’s grasp.

On his Trio’s new disc, all three players assault the 7 days of Creation, brilliantly rendering each day’s story to secular musical fruition in this new, Chamber Grass disc. “And It Was Good” IS good – a labour of love inspired by the late Oliver Schroer, if not overseen by his musical specter. The result is a lush-sounding, multi-layered composition bringing fresh meaning to an age-old story while demonstrating the depth of musicianship from each of these three inspirational players.

The trio’s instrumentation (mandolin, mandocello, fiddle, guitar, bass, mandola) is augmented by the Phantasmagoria String Quartet to add necessary shading and colour to each track, all carefully composed by Collins. Opening with “Light from the Darkness”, the use of mandolins, bass and strings transforms the concept of nothingness into the semblance of light appearing through two distinct movements that build in intensity as the world awakens.

The title track representing the last day breaks into what can only be called a gleeful, up-tempo celebration of life itself. The mandolin-driven piece draws heavily upon bluegrass with its bursts of fiddle, backdrop of acoustic guitar while the bass holds down the bottom. Everyone is clearly having a Good time in “And It Was Good”, now that the hard work is done!

The Andrew Collins Trio– admired for their absolute virtuosity – have been somewhat reborn through their re-creation of a story that brings a certain reverence to the party – and a distinctly unique approach to ensemble playing that represents a Second Coming of …shall we say 🙂 ….biblical proportions.

WHERE:
Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas W, Toronto

WHEN:
Friday, October 21, 8:30pm

TIX:
$22.50 adv / $25   |  416-531-6604  |   info@hughsroom.com   www.hughsroom.com

VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/7OsYx_jTBVw (30 sec clip)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com/videos (5:28 min)
www.andrewcollinstrio.com
www.facebook.com/TheAndrewCollinsTrio

 

Andrew Collins Trio

 

Canada Council for the Arts

 

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications  lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466 | 416-846-6877 (cell)

The Wailin’ Jennys at Chalmers United Church in Kingston on Thursday, May 5th!

The Wailin’ Jennys, one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning groups on the North American roots music scene, will perform a very special one night only concert at Chalmers United Church on Thursday, May 5th. Since their sold out Live Wire show here in Kingston six years ago, The Jennys have captivated audiences around the world with their exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful voices and their dynamic live shows, winning Juno Awards and international acclaim across four continents. This will be an intimate concert in the acoustically superb Chalmers United Church and tickets will be snapped up quickly. What a deal at 20 bucks!

Here they are at The Shrewsbury Festival in the UK singing their anthemic “One Voice”, a song now covered by hundreds of singers, community choirs and vocal groups around the world:

Following are the details and some more info about this superb group:

The Wailin’ Jennys
Thursday, May 5th – 8:00 pm
Chalmers United Church, Barrie at Clergy St., Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance at Brian’s Record Option, $25 at the door (if available)

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse—three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta along with New York-based Heather Masse continue to create some of the most exciting and exquisite music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically-lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days in the to great critical acclaim, and in 2005 it won them a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene in the U.S.A, performing at packed venues across Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. Their next CD Firecracker was a powerful follow-up to their debut album and found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. It charted for over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts and was followed up by their 2009 release Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, which also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. It captured the magic of their live performances with show-stopping harmonies, impressive instrumental prowess, breathtaking songs and witty stage banter. Now, The Wailin’ Jennys join the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, recording their new studio album Bright Morning Stars with award-winning producer Mark Howard. The album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band’s signature harmonies–a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is certain to be an instant classic.

Press Quotes:

“Imagine if the crazy scientists from Jurassic Park put Gillian Welch, EmmyLou Harris, and the Dixie Chicks in a blender, and then formed a musical trio from the resulting puddle of DNA. That’s where we’re going to start talking about the stunning songwriting, sweet harmonies, and sultry sound of Canada’s The Wailin’ Jennys.”
Music Online USA

“One of the most dynamic contemporary groups of the 21st Century.”
Sing Out Magazine

“Vocal trio the Wailin’ Jennys have developed into one of the most exciting and polished acts in music today.”
Dirty Linen Magazine

“Winnipeg folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys are making no mistakes as they progress with grace, harmony and assurance — and a great deal of industrial smarts behind the scenes — to inevitable musical stardom.The Wailin’ Jennys are the darlings of the North American roots music arena.”
Toronto Star

“The three-part harmonies of Winnipeg’s Wailin’ Jennys should be considered some kind of national treasure. …”
Hamilton Spectator

See you at the music!
Al

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Breakmen & Dave Gunning on Sat. Nov. 13th!

“Hi folks!

Do you have your tickets for the last Live Wire show of the season yet? It’s going to be a great double-bill with East Coast Music Award winner Dave Gunning and the wonderful west coast bluegrass group The Breakmen.

Dave Gunning is a guy I’ve been waiting to book since I saw him at a festival about 5 years ago. He has a charismatic stage presence and beautiful tunes. Check out his great website www.davegunning.com. The Breakmen are getting rave reviews across Canada for their great live shows featuring superb musicianship and beautifully tight vocal arrangements. www.thebreakmen.com

Pick up your tickets as usual at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452), Tara Foods and Renaissance Music. Read on!

See you at the music
Al [Rankin]”

Attention Live Wire Supporters!!!

We hope you have your tickets for the fabulous concert coming to the Octave Theatre on Saturday, November 13thwhen The Live Wire Music Series presents our last show of 2010.

A double-bill featuring:

Nova Scotia’s multi-ECMA winner Dave Gunning
– and –
B.C.’s hottest bluegrass band The Breakmen

REVIEWS
Dave Gunning

“Dave Gunning delivers a winner….We’re All Leaving is a memorable almost thematic collection of songs, one that will undoubtedly see Gunning reap further Canadian folk music awards”. ~ UK Country Music People

“It is that sense of intimacy through his writing, and his performances that makes Gunning an absolutely intriguing performer to watch and listen to”. ~ The Newfoundland Herald

“The Galaxie Folk/Roots Channel’s most-played, high-rotation album releases for December 2009 – January 2010 “We’re All Leaving” ~ Galaxie, The Continuous Music Network

“Dave is one of Canada’s finest songwriter’s: the way his eye sees things upon the land, the way his ear hears the voices of his people, his respect for those who have gone before, and his love of life in the land he loves, is beautifully portrayed in gentle verse and rhyme. He is not a man you meet everyday, he cares, and it shows in his music, both poetic and pointed”. ~ CFCY, The Eric MacEwen Show

“It’s a star-studded affair, but at the centre of it all is Gunning with his sparse folk sound and crystal clear lyrics that have made him a popular name along the east coast and into the U.S. and Europe over the last few years”. ~ eastcoastnoise.com

“This incredible album contains 11 songs, all of which he wrote with several co-writers. His ability to tell a story in his songs has resulted in six Music Nova Scotia awards and three East Coast Music Awards in the past, and now with this new CD, there will be no exceptions. A number of Canada’s finest composers helped Dave to write all the songs and include; Jamie Robinson, John Meir, James Keelaghan, David Francey, Rose Cousins and Karine Polwart.” ~ Atlantic Seabreeze

The Breakmen

“To the already long list of Canadians who bleed pure Americana please add The Breakmen. Like their countrymen in The Band before them, they have been known to inspire a bit of the old-time religion with their sublime vocal harmonies.” ~ Nathan Baker, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Meticulous craftsmanship of the songwriting, the strength of the lead vocals, and the tightness of the harmonies distinguish the quartet from other Canadian outfits mining a similar vein… [an] excellent sophomore album.” ~ Tony Montague, Penguin Eggs

The quartet’s original songs twine elements of old-time, folk, and vintage country into a West Coast string-band belt. The members are all multi-instrumentalists, and their vocal harmonies are tighter than a moose’s ass in a Banff blizzard. ~ Georgia Straight

Stylistically, the Breakmen have been compared to bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, and with their second release, the group has become a significant force in the world of Americana music. ~ Les McIntyre, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

“Vancouver’s kings of harmony….” ~ Steve Edge, Rogue Folk Club

“This is workin’ man’s music and a little time spent with The Breakmen will surely do the soul some serious good.” ~ Eden Munro, The Vue Weekly, Edmonton

“The Breakmen back up solid songwriting and great song selection with high energy and a great band presence. They are rapidly developing a large following for their outstanding live performances.” ~ Bjorn Weeks, Bluegrass North Magazine

“With their new album The Breakmen have placed themselves ontop of the Americana Scene….” ~ Adolf Gorriup, Folkworld Magazine