The Marc Atkinson Trio

The Marc Atkinson Trio


Marc Atkinson is amongst Canada's top JUNO nominated musicians. "solidly in the top ten of the world's working string trios" - Jurgen Goethe, CBC "a remarkable guitar player" - Vancouver Province “Every tune is a jewel.” – Dutch Hot Club de France "top-drawer picking" Acoustic Guitar Magazine



The Marc Atkinson Trio is an acoustic guitar-driven group from the West Coast of Canada, made up of some of Canada's best JUNO nominated musicians. This virtuosic group’s success has been leaping forward over the past few years. Acoustic Guitar Magazine voted the Trio’s, The Marc Atkinson Trio II, one of the top 5 five CDs released in North America. The Trio was also nominated at the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2003 and 2005 and 2009. The Trio released their much-awaited 4th CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV, in Summer 2008. It was nominated for two 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The live performance of the Marc Atkinson Trio is melodically captivating, sensually charged and technically awe-inspiring. The Trio is an instrumental band warmly welcomed by folk, jazz and classical audiences alike. The group receives standing ovations everywhere from the North American Folk Alliance Conference, to DjangoFest NorthWest to the acclaimed Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. The Marc Atkinson Trio plays at many major festivals and concert halls across North America.

Marc Atkinson, a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger/producer, is one of Canada’s most talented musicians. His hummable original compositions, found on the self-titled CDs I and II and now III, take acoustic guitar to a refreshing new level. The tunes have a ferocious but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences ranging from folk to jazz to classical to world beat. All this while still maintaining the laidback humour and casual ‘good time feel’ of Canada’s West Coast. Atkinson’s picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled and sizzling. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

The Marc Atkinson Trio IV pushes the boundaries of this instrumental group even further than the first 3 CDs. It is a technically demanding and melodically inspiring 50 minutes of music. The CD includes 11 Marc Atkinson original compositions and one impressive rearrangements of Russian Rag. The compositions glide seamlessly from unusual beauty, to raucous rhythm, to swinging classics in the making. If you are a lover of the guitar, instrumental music or just music, you will love this new recording.

Marc Atkinson is backed by Joey Smith on bass and Michael Hamilton on rhythm guitar. Marc is also a founding member of a completely different band. The Bills play spirited and eclectic roots/folk music. Their last two CDs were nominated for JUNO awards, their second CD won the best folk/roots album at the Western Canadian Music Awards and they were voted Entertainers of the Year at the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards. The Bills can be found on main stages of folk festivals across Canada, the US and Europe.

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Marc Atkinson News
- Fall 2009 - The Marc Atkinson Trio was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award
- Fall 2008 - The Marc Atkinson Trio was nominated for the Canadian Folk Awards in 2 categories.
- Summer 2008 - The Marc Atkinson Trio released their fourth CD, IV.
- Spring/Summer 2008 - The Trio performed at the renowned Festival des Guitares du Monde in Quebec, the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Hillside Folk Festival.
-2007 The Bills were won the Entertainer of the Year Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
-The Marc Atkinson Trio played to standing ovations at DjangoFest NorthWest in September 2005.
- The Marc Atkinson Trio was released June 17, 2005.
- The Marc Atkinson Trio II was listed in the top five albums of the year by Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
- The Bills 3rd CD, Let Em Run, released on June 26, 2004, was nominated for a Juno Award.
- All Day Every Day (The Bills/The Bill Hilly Band) received the award for best folk/roots album of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
- The Marc Atkinson Trio II was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.
- All Day Every Day (The Bills/The Bill Hilly Band) was nominated for best folk/roots album at this year’s Juno Awards (The Canadian Grammies).
- Marc has had the busiest touring year yet with over 200 tour dates in the last year covering all of North America. (The Marc Atkinson Trio and the Bills combined).
- The Marc Atkinson Trio has proved to be a hit at Folk Festivals in North America.
- The Bills (Bill Hilly Band) won the best touring act of the year from the BC Touring Council.
- On the home front, Marc received 4 awards at the Monday Magazine M Awards. He took home trophies in the following categories. Best Album of the Year (The Marc Atkinson Trio II), Most Likely To Hit the Big Time, Best Performance of the Year (The Bills/The Bill Hilly Band), Favorite Band (The Bills/The Bill Hilly Band).
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The Marc Atkinson Trio IV - nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Awards and a Western Canadian Music Award
The Marc Atkinson Trio III PM13842 - nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award
The Marc Atkinson Trio II - PM10342 - nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award
The Marc Atkinson Trio - MAT 2000 06

Let Em Run (The Bills) Juno nominated- released June 2004
All Day Every Day (The Bills) Juno nominated/Winner of Western Canadian Music Award - BCD145
The Bill Hilly Band (The Bill Hilly Band) - BHB2000 06

Set List

Generally, a focus on the material from the four Marc Atkinson Trio CDs. Set list can be provided, but varies show by show.