Biography

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“the music might be best described as Folk music played by a top Jazz guitarist and the result is refreshing and stunning. Highly recommended.”
Folkworld Magazine, Germany

“…startlingly good…”
NOW Magazine, Toronto

"...it was the group's infectious versions of well-known Reinhardt tunes that drew the biggest applause. But it was the group's bubbling stew of styles on Newfoundland classics that still echoed after the last notes faded."
The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa

Bio
Duane Andrews’s music is the product of a great ear, an adventurous spirit and a love of music that is beyond category.  Uniting what would seem to be impossible – traditional Newfoundland music with the Gypsy Jazz of the legendary Django Reinhardt, Andrews makes it not just work – he makes it soar.  The award winning guitarist, composer, producer and international performer’s latest album, Raindrops, is the best evidence yet of his truly unique musical vision and is the sound of him, literally, bringing it all back home. 

A native of the island of Newfoundland, off the east coast of Canada, Duane grew up exposed to the island’s mélange of cultural influences – a mix of English, French, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese - and his development as a guitarist reflects that. After graduating from the Jazz Studies program at St. FXU with honours, Duane spent several years studying contemporary music composition at the Conservatoire International de Paris and at the Conservatoire National de Region in Marseille, France.

It was during his time in France that Reinhardt’s music had a profound impact on Duane. Upon returning to his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador he began fusing traditional Newfoundland music with Reinhardt’s style and his own original compositions. This work resulted in the 2004 release of his dynamic debut solo CD, simply titled, Duane Andrews, the 2006 release of the multiple award winning “Crocus”, the 2008 release “Raindrops” which features a collaboration with the Atlantic String Quartet and two albums with Cape Breton master fiddler Dwayne Côté, 'Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews' (2010) and 'The Empress' (2012). For more info on Dwayne and Duane check out www.dwayneandduane.com.

His most recent collaboration is with bluegrass guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire Craig Young with whom he has released 'Charlie's Boogie' (2013) which can be found at www.charliesboogie.com and for which the duo won the 2014 ECMA award in the Traditional Instrumental category.



Awards

Independent Music Awards
2014 Jazz Single Nominee
2011 Instrumental Album Award
2008 Jazz Single and Album Nominee
2006 Jazz Album Award

ECMA

2014 Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year Award (with Craig Young)
2012 Roots/Traditional Group of the Year Award Nominee (with Dwayne Côté)
2011 Instrumental and Jazz Album of the Year Award (with Dwayne Côté)
2010 Album and Producer of the Year Nominee
2009 Instrumental Album of the Year Award, Male Artist Nominee
2007 Jazz Album of the Year Award
2006 Instrumental Album of the Year Award, Male Artist Nominee
2005 Jazz Album of the Year Award, Emerging Artist Nominee

MusicNL

2012 Jazz Album of the Year Award (with Dwayne Côté)
2010 Instrumental Album Award (with Dwayne Côté)
2008 Male Artist, Album, SOCAN Songwriter, Jazz Album of the Year Awards
2006 Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year Award
2004 Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year Award, Rising Star Nominee

MusicNS

2012 Jazz Recording of the Year Nominee (with Dwayne Côté)
2010 Jazz Album of the Year Award (with Dwayne Côté)

2009 Best Original Score (Crackie)

USA Songwriting Competition
2008 Jazz Category Double Nominee
2007 Jazz Category Winner

Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

2006 Emerging Artist of the Year Award

International Songwriting Competition

2006 "A Birch Broom In The Fits" received Honourable Mention in the Instrumental category

Canadian Folk Music Awards

2007 Best World Artist (Solo) Nominee
2005 Best Instrumental Artist (Solo) Nominee, Best World Artist (Solo) Nominee, Pushing the Boundries Nominee

The Scope

2009 Best Musician Award