On Friday 6th September Finn Collinson and band are launching his debut album Call To Mind at Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park.
Call To Mind is the debut album by recorder player and multi-instrumentalist Finn Collinson. Over the last few years, Finn has been gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene, performing all over the country at folk clubs, venues and major festivals including The Sidmouth Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast.
Released in September 2019, the album is a diverse and creative exploration of the contemporary folk genre, with exciting and sensitive arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes and songs. Captivating the listener from the first breath, the album showcases the recorder in new and exciting instrumental contexts, with beautifully reflective airs and vibrant tunes. Add to this the expressive tone of Finn’s vocals, his dynamic guitar style and the energy of a full band, the album takes you on an unexpected journey of musical storytelling.
Finn will be joined on-stage by his full band, featuring the powerful rhythm section of Jonno Gaze (drums, percussion) and Tom Leader (guitar, double bass) alongside strikingly distinctive oboe and vocals from Emma Beach.
With music that will make you both pause for reflection and dance in the aisles, an evening with Finn Collinson is sure to enthral audiences with its energy and diversity.
We’ve all played a recorder sometime in the dim and distant past, whether we wanted to or not, but we never played like Finn Collinson. These days we usually hear recorders played in baroque ensembles or slightly fey folk groups but they don’t play like Finn Collinson either. Finn is a multi-instrumentalist but he makes various recorders the lead instruments on his debut album, Call To Mind, its title a play on the Latin recordari. He is supported by Emma Beech on oboe and cor anglais, Archie Churchill-Moss on button accordion, Rowan Collinson and Katriona Gilmore on fiddle with bass by Tom Leader and Josh Clark and percussion by Clark and Jonno Gaze.
The opening set, ‘The January Walk’, has all the hallmarks of the Celtic tradition but comprises three modern tunes while the second pairs the old-time ‘Elk River Blues’ with the old English ‘Chain Cotillion’ for a lovely slow set. Unexpectedly, Finn switches to song with a jaunty take on ‘Hanging Johnny’ which, as he points out, has nothing to do with execution. He also features banjo and mandolin on this one. ‘Evie’s & Emma’s’ are two of Finn’s own tunes which he plays on F whistle but he reverts to recorder for ‘Ordinary Streets’ which he pairs with the Morris tune, ‘Orange In Bloom’.
The second song is ‘Banks Of The Nile’, given a driving beat with the lead vocals shared with Emma. That is followed by three original tunes, ‘FolkEast Waltz’ (did I forget to mention that Finn is from East Anglia?), ‘Aardvark’ and ‘Black Mountains’. The third and final song is, appropriately, Jimmy Rankin’s ‘Orangedale Whistle’ before the record closes with the 18th century ‘Tune For The Bullfinch’ from a volume of tunes supposedly used to teach birds to sing. Did it actually work?
Simply by changing the emphasis of lead instrument, Finn has produced a lovely album which wouldn’t work anywhere near as well with all strings. Call To Mind is not revolutionary and it won’t scare the traditionalists’ horses but its delightful style should bring his name to a wider audience.
After coming across Tilly Moses online last year, her sound and emotive musical qualities immediately struck a chord with GingerDog Records. Since that first initial glimpse, their belief in Tilly and her music has increased two-fold and GingerDog Records are absolutely delighted to announce the release of her debut studio album Alight And Adrift.
The effortless way Tilly passionately tells stories through her music, and the unique and timeless sound of her voice, mean that this debut album is a both melodically charming and evocative at the same time. Full of twists and turns, unexpected eccentricities that push the boundaries of modern day folk music, as well as true-to-tradition elements, it all comes together to produce an authentic, clever and inspiring body of work which can stand up tall in the world of folk, but also cross-over into more mainstream mixes to introduce an entirely new audience to the world of folk music.
‘There is a depth to her distinct voice as there is to her writing, a tone that reaches beneath the surface. Tilly has set a very firm foundation with this album. With beautiful instrumentation and clever arrangements, a good mix of traditional and self-penned work and some prestigious guests, she is certainly making her intentions for a long and prosperous folk career clear with this debut.’ – Ange Hardy
While usually a solo performer, Tilly was delighted to collaborate with and be joined on the album by some exceptional talents, such as BBC Folk Award Winner Sam Kelly, BBC Jazz Award Winner and Mercury Prize Nominee Kit Downes, and the fiddle player James Delarre, from the BBC FolkAward nominated band Mawkin. Tilly was also joined by young, multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso recorder player Finn Collinson, from the rising young folk duo Shorelark, and the fantastically insightful singer/songwriter Samuel McKie.
Listening to Alight And Adrift it quickly becomes apparent that Tilly has been inspired and shaped by a wide range of talented musicians and when asked to give a little insight into this, Tilly had to say…
When I was growing up, Damien Rice’s O was played all the time in the house – I hope some of those deep cello lines and that intense passion are heard in this album; it’s certainly a homage to an incredible record. The Guillemots’ distinct weirdness and originality inspired me to try and create something unique and unafraid, as their music always was – something I hope I have succeeded in creating. Lisa Hannigan’s deep, subtle, powerful voice, extraordinary lyrics, and exquisite instrumentation never fails to take me back and make me breathless. I owe so much to her music, and I carry it with me always – my ultimate idol.
A skill I always aspire to is Karine Polwart’s way of approaching painful and difficult topics, with such stunningly beautiful words and arrangements and the way Rachel Sermanni unflinchingly sings of the darkest thoughts inside her head, with such magnetic charm, always has me wishing I could do the same.
The moment I heard Ida Wenoe’s music, it became an irreversible part of my musical experience. It is like nothing else I’ve ever heard, and I never want to stop listening. Sandy Denny, John Smith, Joni Mitchell, Mick Flannery, Ben Howard, Kate Bush, Paolo Nutini, John Martyn, Bellowhead, Mawkin, Ange Hardy, James Vincent McMorrow, Iron and Wine, and many many others also deserve honourable mentions for their huge influence on my musicality.
Massive thanks to them all. We’re so lucky to live in a world so full of fantastic music!