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.
“Call To Mind” is a diverse and creative exploration of the contemporary folk genre, with exciting and sensitive arrangements of traditional and contemporary tunes and songs. From the insistent drive of “The January Walk” to the country groove of Jimmy Rankin’s “Orangedale Whistle”, it works its way through various styles, textures and instrumentation, tied together by Finn’s distinctive sound: unmistakably folk-influenced but very individual. Captivating the listener from the first breath, the album showcases the recorder in new and exciting contexts, with beautifully reflective airs and vibrant tunes. Add to this the expressive tone of Finn’s vocals, his dynamic guitar, bouzouki and mandolin style and the energy of the full band, the album takes you on an unexpected journey of musical storytelling.
Joining Finn are some of folk’s most prodigious talents in Archie Churchill-Moss (Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Moore Moss Rutter) on melodeon, Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts, The Willows) on fiddle, and percussionist Josh Clark (Kate Rusby) who also co-mixed and mastered the album.
Closer to home he enlists the help of his sister Rowan Collinson (National Youth Folk Ensemble) on fiddle, and outstanding classically-trained musician Emma Beach on oboe, cor anglais and vocals. Completing this enviable cast of guest musicians is the powerful rhythm section of Jonno Gaze (drums, percussion) and Tom Leader (double bass, guitars).
Despite the input of the guests, “Call To Mind” is unequivocally a solo album. Featuring no less than eight original tunes and self-produced, engineered and mixed at Finn’s home studio, this is music which flows directly from the heart.
Finn’s diverse performance credits range from a solo performance with the London International Orchestra at Cadogan Hall to national tours with various folk outfits. Perhaps best known for his previous work with the contemporary folk duo Shorelark, Finn has also appeared on stage with singer-songwriter Tilly Moses, and has guested with Emily Askew’s Ceilidh Factor and the recorder band Zero Gravity. He is a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studies with Ian Wilson and Robert Ehrlich, and works with the recorder quartet Aurai.
As well as recorder, Finn plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki and whistle, and is an experienced folk music educator having previously been a tutor with the London Youth Folk Ensemble and taught at the London Folk Festival.