Today we spend some time with local bluesman Andy “Sugarcane” Collins. Andy came to FNQ in the early 70s, when the Cairns waterfront was known as the Barbary Coast, renowned for its robust music scene and often rowdy nightlife.
Andy had one of the hottest bands of that era, the Barron River Drifters. These days he works solo, exploring the music that has long been his passion, the blues. He’s just completed an Australian east coast tour, and will soon head off to the USA for one of his regular pilgrimages to the home of the music he loves. He’s enjoyed success over there, and has met and played with some of the biggest names in blues.
Andy’s last album, Way Down the River, was a collection of original songs inspired by the Mississippi delta blues of the 1920s and 30s. He’s currently putting the finishing touches to a new album, due out next year.
Listen to Andy sing Blues How Do You Do