Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Aged just 20, Finn is already gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene.
His work alongside singer/guitarist Georgia Morgan Turner in the acclaimed contemporary folk duo ‘Shorelark’ has attracted interest from folk clubs and festivals across England and has led to airplay in the UK and US. Shorelark were also finalists in the prestigious New Roots competition in spring 2016. In addition, Finn is a regular collaborator with folk singer-songwriter Tilly Moses and he features heavily on her debut album ‘Alight & Adrift’, recently released on Ginger Dog Records.
Finn has also performed with the Cambridge-based recorder band Zero Gravity, and is a tutor and ambassador for youth folk with the English Folk Dance & Song Society, including teaching the London Youth Folk Ensemble 2017-18 alongside Emily Askew.
2017 marked 15 years since Finn first picked up a recorder (aged 4!) and he celebrated this with his first ever solo gigs, before commencing studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in the autumn. In early 2018 Finn was the first solo recorder player ever to reach the semi-final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and is continuing to develop a solo repertoire ahead of further gigs throughout the year.
Finn’s solo material is a diverse exploration of folk music on the recorder, spanning early/Renaissance art music, traditional English tunes, American bluegrass and brand-new original compositions. Performed on a wide range of different recorders, with brief interludes on mandolin and bouzouki, this instrumental set aims to leave listeners with a newfound love for one of the world’s most underrated instruments.
“Your solo set is just developing so beautifully – a lovely mix of music with your own unique twist. Very special.”
(Becky Marshall Potter, FolkEast)
“It’s almost criminal to see young people being so ridiculously talented … I would have danced along but I think it would have looked odd with everyone else seated”
(The Recorder Magazine)