Andrew McCarthy | drums • guitar • mandolin • piano
Andrew McCarthy (B.Mus) is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and has been an active member of the diverse music scene of Toronto for the past five years as percussionist, drummer, composer, and educator. Andrew’s passion for music has led him down several paths of study such as: completing a Bachelor of Music at Memorial University in Newfoundland where he majored in Percussion Performance, two different trips to the Volta region of Ghana studying traditional Ewe music, and most recently completing a B.Mus focused on Jazz drumset at Humber College. Notable experiences at Humber were working with Artist in Residence Pat Metheny performing his music with legendary Canadian Jazz Guitarist Ted Quinlan’s student ensemble, and, playing for Terri Lyne Carrington alongside Lisa Martinelli’s Jazz Vocal ensemble. In 2014, Andrew received the Side Musician of the Year award from MusicNL and won the 2019 East Coast Music Award for Jazz Recording of the year with Ouroboros on the album Kitchuses. Most recently, Andrew has been able to tour internationally in Hamburg, Germany with Pop and R&B artist Nuela Charles. Regardless of style or venue, Andrew performs with grooving authenticity and exemplifies his love for the art of music in every lesson. Lippert Music welcomed Andrew in fall 2023.