and the Winner of the Okanagan Arts Award in the category of Music!
"Plays like Don Ross" (finger-style guitar champion) and "Sounds like James Taylor"
Andrew Smith is the winner of the Okanagan Arts
Awards in the category of Music for 2014
Andrew is an accomplished singer songwriter, a captivating tap style guitarist and an award winning music producer.
Andrew Smith is one of the few Canadians to have won the prestigious Kerrville Newfolk Songwriting Competition in the USA with his songs ‘Rite of Passage’ and ‘Holes in the Night Sky’. Andrew’s tap style guitar playing is sought out for many collaborative projects and his instrumental cd escape velocity won him the Okanagan Instrumental Artist Award and has been nominated for many international awards.
Andrew has been a music producer since 1998, and is a winner of the Okanagan Producer of the Year award.
From 2010 to 2015 Andrew played in an indie-folk duo with his son Zachari. The father and son duo toured across Canada and Europe and their second cd Stumbling Horse was released in 2014. Since Zach moved to Montreal in 2015 Andrew has been playing and touring with jazz guitarist Neil Fraser.
When not touring, Andrew and Zachari continue to spend their days working out of Lake Studios in both Kelowna and Montreal.
Smith Fraser Duo - One Night Live 2016
Andrew and Zachari Smith - Stumbling Horse 2014
Andrew and Zachari Smith - Travelling 2011
Andrew Smith - into the woods 2010
Andrew Smith - The World Has Windows 2007
Andrew Smith - escape velocity (instrumental CD) 2005
Smith Funk & Strauss - Like a Road 2004
Smith Funk & Strauss - SFS 2002
Andrew won the KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION on the strength of his songs 'Holes in the Night Sky' and 'Rite of Passage'
'Rite of Passage' received Honourable Mention at the MID ATLANTIC SONG CONTEST, and was short-listed for the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST.
'Do You Like It?' received Honourable Mention at the 2007 SINGER-SONGWRITER AWARDS.
Andrew's solo instrumental CD 'escape velocity' won him the OKANAGAN INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR award and received two nominations from 'JUST PLAIN FOLKS' MUSIC AWARDS, and 'The Pilgrimage' was short-listed for the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST.
The Saxony Times, Dresden Germany Daily Newspaper
pronounced Andrew's concert at the Dresden International Guitar Festival "Absolute World Class!"
Chopper McKinnon, CKUA
"our new 'find-of-the-year' on Canadian Spaces"
Del Vezeau, Penguin Eggs
"Smith has a great singing voice ... and his chops are punctual and clean"
Folk Routes CKUA
"like Don Ross, and very melodic"