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Stephen (Jay) Andrews

"Shreem x Celtic Remixing ...Breathing new life into traditional Celtic music, infusing it with a fresh, modern feel."

With numerous accolades and high-profile appearances to his credit, Toronto-based producer and percussionist, Jay Andrews has established himself as one of Canada’s finest musicians.

Hailing originally from Canada’s East Coast, Andrews has taken his craft cross-country and back, performing both as a solo artist and accompanying other top musicians. Andrews’ unique style has led him to perform, tour and produce for acclaimed fiddle legend Ashley MacIsaac. Most recently, he co-produced MacIsaac’s latest release: FDLER.

With his current project, Shreem x Celtic Remixing, Andrews’ musical journey has come full circle and brought him back to his traditional East Coast roots. For Shreem, Andrews has developed a new sound, blending Celtic, electronic, hip-hop and other contemporary music styles with hard-hitting drums and powerful, warm melodies. Shreem x Celtic Remixing breathes new life into traditional Celtic music, infusing it with a fresh, modern feel. In Shreem we hear the influence of Celtic artists such as Slainte, Mhath and Flook, paired with electronic and hip-hop artists like Diplo, Grandtheft, and Keys N Krates.

Andrews’ style can best be described as a sonic “tour de force”, incorporating looping, vocal sampling, electronic percussion, beat boxing, and live musicianship. The album and live performance showcases each of these elements, while allowing the earthiness of traditional Celtic music to shine through.

“Good Good Bad”, features award-winning Celtic vocalist Shannon Quinn. Her vocal fluidity lends perfectly to Andrews’ rapid tempo changes, creating a cohesive package. Andrews shows his versatility in “Wide Awake”, a contrasting piece that incorporates raspy vocals of St. Lucian artist Kayo, ambient sounds, and allows the banjo to truly shine. Finally, Andrews brings together a top-drawer team of musicians for the final track, “Hurricane”. Esteemed musicians such as Cassie & Maggie MacDonald, EMC, and Norm Adams bring their individual styles to collectively end the album with a bang!

With this fiery & fresh new sound, Andrews has the heart and charisma to bring a new flair to this timeless genre. Get ready to experience a Celtic remix party that is definitely NOT your average ceilidh!