Creaking Tree String Quartet

The Creaking Tree String Quartet is a Canadian progressive all-instrumental bluegrass and acoustic roots band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Creaking Tree String Quartet
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genresbluegrass music
Years active2004 (2004)–2011
Associated actsFoggy Hogtown Boys
New Country Rehab
MembersJohn Showman
Andrew Collins Brad Keller Brian Kobayakawa

In 2004 the Creaking Trees produced their debut album, The Creaking Trees, [1] and it was promptly nominated for a Juno Award.[2]

In February 2005, they performed at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto in a combined concert with Beyond the Pale, blending bluegrass and klezmer music.[1] That year their second album, Side Two, won a Canadian Folk Music Award and an Indie Acoustic Project award.[3]

In 2007 the band performed at the Calgary Folk Music Festival.[4] Their third album, The Sound Track, was released and won two Canadian Folk Music Awards[5] and a Juno nomination.[3]

In 2008 the Trees performed at the fifth annual Toronto CityFest.[6] They set out on a tour of the US and western Canada, including a performance at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.[5][2]

By 2010 they had recorded and released their fourth album, Sundogs.[7] Bryan Acker of HeroHill wrote, "it's how these seasoned TO players forge jazz, bluegrass, bebop, folk and traditional sounds into their own sound that makes the record so impressive."[8]

Members of the Creaking Tree Quartet include John Showman on fiddle, Andrew Collins on mandolin,[9] Brad Keller on guitar and Brian Kobayakawa on bass.[10]


  1. ^ a b Quill, Greg, "Beyond the Pale, Creaking Trees build on common ground". Toronto Star, 10 February 2005
  2. ^ a b Creaking Tree String Quartet coming to Joe's, Comox Valley Echo, 4 July 2008
  3. ^ a b "Serendipity Princess". Barrie Examiner, 9 July 2009
  4. ^ "Calgary Folk Festival Artist Archive". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  5. ^ a b Creaking Tree String Quartet[permanent dead link], Vancouver Folk Festival web site, May 2008
  6. ^ "Celebrate the Riverboat", Toronto Star, 26 June 2008
  7. ^ Creaking Tree String Quartet - Sundogs, review in NOW Magazine, 18 November 2010
  8. ^ Acker, Bryan, Reviews:: The Creaking Tree String Quartet Sundogs Archived 2011-07-05 at the Wayback Machine, HeroHill, 2 March 2011
  9. ^ "Foggy Hogtown Boys ready for debut disc", Toronto Star, 15 January 2004
  10. ^ Littler, William, "Many strings attached", Toronto Star, 18 July 2004