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, historic ballads, train tunes and protest songs and turns it into an electrified patchwork of folk, punk, Celtic and swing. Since 2009, the Vancouver-based artist has released 3 self-produced albums on Shade Tree Records (his own independent record label), to airplay and critical acclaim across Canada and western Europe. He’s been a featured performer at over a dozen festivals in western Canada and has toured the country repeatedly, playing hundreds of shows in venues as far afield as St. John’s, NFLD and Dawson City, YT.
Jeff’s most recent release is a track on “Rebels Sing,” a tribute album to long-running Vancouver punk band (and close friends) The Rebel Spell, whose singer Todd Serious was killed in a rock-climbing accident in 2015. In 2014 Jeff co-wrote, played and sang on the song “Tsilqhot’in War” with The Rebel Spell, for their album “Last Run” (produced by Jesse Gander). He is a former member of the folk/spoken word duo Ghosts of the Highway, who did a cross-Canada hitchhiking tour in 2008, and has appeared as a guest vocalist and fiddler on recordings by fellow BC artists like the Joey Only Outlaw Band, Jesse LeBourdais and The Party On High Street.
In 2017, Jeff completed a music diploma at Vancouver Community College, where he studied with composers David Duke, Bill Sample and Giorgio Magnanensi, violinist Marc Destrube and voice teachers Paula Kremer and Dory Hayley. He’s also studied fiddle privately with world-renowned players John Showman (New Country Rehab, Creaking Tree String Quartet) and Winifred Horan (Solas), and spent the winter of 2012/13 in Halifax, learning East Coast fiddle styles and playing with the Halifax Music Co-op, a community orchestra. He’s currently finishing a 7-year cycle of songs and exploring a new, harder-edged sound, inspired by acts like Godspeed! You Black Emperor and The Rebel Spell.
Watch for a new, full-band album in 2018 that mixes folk-style songwriting with electric guitars and orchestral instruments.
“A backroads troubadour with a few things to say by way of nerve, viscera 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