By Dauna Ditson
Andrew Collins was living as a ski bum in Whistler when he bought a mandolin that took over his life. He got so into his music that he sold his skis, ski boots and the rest of his gear to buy a carved-top mandolin.
“I haven’t skied again since,” he said.
That was 20 years ago. Mr. Collins, his allegiances swapped, has been gaining national attention since then and has been nominated for five Juno awards.
“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride,” Mr. Collins said with a laugh about the nods that haven’t turned into awards. (The joke only applies with the Junos; he won seven Canadian Folk Music Awards.)
Mr. Collins and his band the Andrew Collins Trio will perform at Pynelogs Art Gallery and Cultural Centre on Thursday, April 12th.
The band’s latest album, Tongue & Groove, is so fresh that it is scheduled to land in his hands this week. The double album pairs 11 songs based on vocals (the tongue) with 11 instrumental songs (the groove).
He said the band’s previous album was also “a pretty huge undertaking,” as the concept was based on the Biblical seven days of creation.
In the beginning, Mr. Collins meant to keep his newest album simple. But as the days went by, his creation – like God’s – became increasingly complex.
His initial plan for Tongue & Groove was to do a vocal album of reinvented cover songs. But then he thought: “Why not do a vocal album and an instrumental album at the same time?”
“We’re taking bits and pieces of other genres and mashing them together,” he said. “Hopefully it sounds new and unfamiliar.”
The audience at Pynelogs can expect an evening of stories, laughter and a brand-new musical smorgasbord with bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, classic and other genres like a dozen desserts on your plate.
Tickets are $25, and are available at https://www.columbiavalleyarts.com/CVARTS/love-live-tickets/