Folk Roots Radio Episode 369: Andrew Collins & More New Releases

Folk Roots Radio Episode 369: Andrew Collins & New Releases

Five times JUNO nominee and seven times Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins sat down with Jan Hall at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference to chat about his music. He also played an instrumental and two songs live for us. We’re very pleased to bring that interview to this episode of Folk Roots Radio.  As usual, we also check out more of the new albums we’ve received including new music from Anne Janelle, The Rough & Tumble, Rosie & the Riveters, Pharis & Jason Romero, The Fugitives, Gwyneth Glyn and Suzie Vinnick. It’s a great episode. We hope you’ll check it out. Check out the full playlist below.


The music of Andrew Collins (Foggy Hogtown Boys, Creaking Tree String Quartet) can broadly be described as folk, bluegrass and jazz though as a composer, it’s all about creating new original acoustic music and trying not to sound like other things. His most recent recording, the critically acclaimed instrumental concept album “And It Was Good” (2016) was based on the biblical seven days of creation – one track for each day of creation plus the title track to wrap it all up. You can find an interview recorded at the time of the release of And It Was Good HERE.

Andrew Collins is now back in the studio working on a new project, two separate but connected albums – one a vocal selection of mostly reworked and reimagined cover songs, the other an album of new instrumental music. In live performance, the Andrew Collins Trio, featuring fellow string-meisters Mike Mezzatesta (mandolin, guitar, fiddle) and James McEleney (bass, mandocello), love to take the audience on a fun ride that effortlessly moves from folk to new acoustic roots, to bluegrass, and jazz, with some fine interplay on a variety of stringed instruments, punctuated by lead vocals from Andrew Collins and fine harmonies from his bandmates. For more information about Andrew’s music, visit

And that’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Mixcloud, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)


Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

Gwyneth Glyn
What’s A Girl To Do?
Tro (2017, bendigedig)

Anne Janelle
Time To Go
I Didn’t Want To Break It (2017, Self) CDN

The Rough & Tumble
Better for You
We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know (2018, Self)

Rosie & the Riveters
La Bohème
Ms. Behave (2018, Self) CDN

KC Groves
Anabelle (Reprise)
Happy Little Trees (2016, Self)

Andrew Collins
Banish Misfortune (Live)

Interview: Andrew Collins recorded at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference

Andrew Collins
Coming Into Hard Times Blues (Live)

Andrew Collins
Nothing About Us (Live)

Pharis & Jason Romero
Sweet Old Religion
Sweet Old Religion (2018, Free Dirt Records) CDN

The Fugitives
See This Winter Out
The Promise of Strangers (2018, Borealis Records) CDN

Suzie Vinnick
Drift Away
Shake the Love Around (2018, Self) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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