Fiddlers, guitarists, singers, and songwriters, Colin Cotter and Ethan Lewis do it all – and they do it in high-energy, passionate performances where they hold nothing back and lay all their cards on the table, uplifting audiences with heartfelt compositions and arrangements. Cotter and Lewis form the core of this ever-evolving exploration of contemporary American songwriting blended with Celtic music’s living tradition that they call, “A Thousand Years at Sea,” and are joined on this musical adventure by groove-master Isaac James on djembe and drum kit.
The music ATYAS crafts stays true to the band’s roots in folk music, but is constantly growing in exciting new ways, integrating Celtic, rock, Americana, West African rhythms, and instrumental improvisation “into something sweet and subtle” (Sacramento News Review). At an ATYAS performance, you can expect to hear everything from a song written by Cotter a week earlier to a set of jigs written several hundred years ago in the Scottish Highlands to a Bruce Springsteen classic to a set of Lewis’ intricate, driving fiddle tunes. It all blends seamlessly, making for an exhilarating, unique show you can’t get anywhere else.
Based in Northern California, ATYAS performs extensively around the Pacific North West, touring in support of their three studio releases. Along the way, they have rocked venues such as The Freight and Salvage (Berkeley, CA), The Center for the Arts (Grass Valley, CA), KVMR Celtic Music Festival (Grass Valley, CA), The Living Room (New York City, NY), Hotel Utah (San Francisco, CA), The Alberta Street Pub (Portland, OR), The Beach Ballroom (Aberdeen, Scotland), Molly Malones (Los Angeles, CA), and many more.
To put it lightly the boys tear it up. The fiddle is all over the place and sounds like a bird exploring the vast possibilities of flight. It unleashes a ball of energy but it wouldn’t be complete without the stellar piano work and drumming. Overall, the album [The Stillness Here] has very few flaws and showcases some exceptional musicians being mighty creative.” ~ The Equal Ground
We got to hear ATYAS as an acoustic trio: guitar, fiddle, djembe. They absolutely enamored the audience from the very first song, tight instrumentals and rich vocals. Such fun and friendly guys! They had what seemed endless original material. Then, they covered Leonard Cohen…and Bruce Springsteen! Incredible! There was a standing ovation. There was an encore. Many CDs were purchased by my audience! All in all a heckuva show, and we hope to have them back!” ~ Carriage House Concerts