The Andrew Collins Trio marks their first performance in the Barrie area mid-November in honour of their third record. The string-meisters are planning a CD release party at the Utopia Hall.

Collins has performed in Simcoe County in the past with The Foggy Hogtown Boys. Some may know the five-time JUNO nominee/seven-time CFMA winning musician through the Creaking Tree String Quartet.

The trio features Collins on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola, mandocello; Mike Mezzatesta on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, mandola; and James McEleney on bass, mandocello and vocals. Based out of Toronto, the group has released mostly instrumental albums in the past, even though singing is a big part of their live show. The new album, called Tongue & Groove, is actually a double release – one features instrumental tracks, the other songs with vocals. It is a collection of different styles of music from folk to newgrass, jazz and chamber-oriented roots. The Groove record contains mostly original tunes. And, it has already been nominated for a CFMA.

“I wanted to do something lighter and the opposite extreme,” said Collins. “I had a big list of covers I wanted to adapt for this group and the original plan was to do a vocal CD but we’re known for instrumental so we released it too.”

The trio came together in support of one of Collin’s solo album called Cats and Dogs in and around 2011. Since then, the group has become his full-time project.

The CD release party takes place at Utopia Hall, 8396 6th Line, Nov. 10, 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and the price includes dinner at 7 p.m. For more see or call 877-499-4255.

Photo: The Andrew Collins Trio bring their new CD to the Barrie area Nov. 10.


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