There’s nothing more magical during the holidays than quaint small towns decked out in twinkling lights and fresh snow. Head to one or all of Grey County’s downtowns for seasonal shopping, tasty treats or to just soak up the sights and sounds of the season. Check this list twice to get your holiday’s started.
5x JUNO nominee and 7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins and his Trio mates will be celebrating both their Desboro debut and double CD, “Tongue & Groove* at Desboro Music Hall on Fri Sept 13, 7:30pm ($25, 519-377-2358, 136215 Grey County Rd 40, http://desboromusichall.com ). The ethereal-folk artist Annie Sumi (who has been asked to open for the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Amelia Curran and Jim Cuddy) kicks off the night!
You may already know the wildly exploratory Andrew Collins through his work with The Foggy Hogtown Boys, the equally mind-bending Creaking Tree String Quartet or the Trio, itself – but you’ll never put a label on him for his approach to folk, newgrass, jazz and even some chamber-oriented roots music. 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.
#1 Canadian artist receiving airplay on Folkdj (out of 14,052 airplays) – Oct 2016
#2 on North American College & Community Radio's Folk Charts– June 2018
“The level of musicianship is outstanding, as you’d expect from a serial award winner such as Andrew Collins. He must be one of the best mandolin players in the business”
--Americana – UK
“Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction, Toronto’s mandolin virtuoso pulls out all the stops”
“This double set is already one of the top discoveries because of the impressive variation, and musical mastery.”
--Rootstime - Belgium
“To call Andrew Collins a master of the mandolin would be putting it mildly – 4/5 stars"