Jeff Andrew’s world is one of back alleys, dark shadows, highways and hauntings. The folk-noir fiddler and singer-songwriter takes a head full of ghost stories, murder ballads, train tunes and protest songs and turns it into an electrified patchwork of folk, punk, Celtic and old jazz. Onstage he’s a relentless performer who’s frequently seen working straight from the floor, stomping his boots and belting like a born-again carnival barker while pounding his guitar strings or chopping and sawing at the fiddle.
With a fan base ranging from veteran folkies to teenage crust punks, he’s toured Canada multiple times as a solo performer, a member of folk/spoken word duo Ghosts of the Highway and as the fiddler for the Joey Only Outlaw Band. Since 2008, he’s released 3 full-length albums, been heard on radio stations across Canada and Western Europe and nationally on CBC, and performed at festivals including the Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival, the Robson Valley Music Festival, Whitehorse, YT’s Sunstroke Music Festival and the ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art.
Shade Tree Records is now releasing Jeff Andrew’s new EP, “Tunnels, Treehouses & Trainsmoke.” Recorded partly in a giant tunnel in East Vancouver, it features Jeff’s first-ever set of original fiddle tunes and 6 new songs (including “Reasonable Doubt,” written for Nicole Kish, a young woman Jeff believes was wrongly convicted of murder in Toronto). The release also includes an earlier EP and several unreleased tracks. The physical CD comes with a hand-written songbook of chords and lyrics.
“A backroads troubadour with a few things to say by way of viscera, nerve and hard experience…basically a raunchy Bob Dylan with blood in his teeth.” – FAME Reviews
“Think The Pogues at their most engaging, singing early Tom Waits.” – Leicester Bangs