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And It Was Good

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We make it our business to monitor the media, trawling for great, supportive quotes from sound sources, always on the lookout for a particularly meaty slice of reaction to use on tour posters and flyers.

When our sister operation, Bloodygreatpr, put out review copies of The Andrew Collins Trio’s And It Was Good album, the hope was they’d all recognise it was great!

In no time, the record got some prime radio exposure from a range of different presenters and we loved BBC Radio Wales’ resident roots music expert Frank Hennessy’s enthusiasm for the CD.

After playing tracks, he told listeners it was “very bright indeed – kind of semi-classical in its showing-offness!”

When the reviews began to appear, they were glowing and heart-warming.

Writing at Acoustic magazine, Julian Piper said he thought the recording was “intensely clever and hugely imaginative,” while AmericanaUK called it an “outstanding” piece of work. Country Music People reviewer Michael Hingston, picking up on the sheer effervescence of the playing, observed: “Comparisons with The Punch Brothers are inevitable”

Mercurial, 5 x times JUNO-nominated and 7 x times Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando maestro Andrew Collins had co-founded noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking String Quartet before bringing this impressive line-up together to win acclaim much further afield.

Equally comfortable on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, mandola and mandocello, alongside fellow string guru Mike Mezzatesta, whose versatility and mastery shine through on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and mandola, and in-the-pocket James McEleney, holding it down on the bass, mandocello and vocals, they quite simply excel, performing an intoxicating blend that has been described as Chamber Grass. And It Was Good was inspired by another hugely accomplished Canadian musician, the late, great Oliver Schroer. On his home patch, Collins had been gathering in much praise from those in the Press who can spot class. “Light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative, and a musical scholar of the highest distinction,” said The Toronto Star, leaving readers in no doubt that this is a major force.

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