Finn Collinson is a recorder player and folk musician from East Anglia. Barely in his twenties, Finn is already gaining a reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the recorder on the English folk scene.

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.

2018 has seen Finn launch a solo repertoire – which he has already performed at major festivals including Sidmouth Folk Week and FolkEast. In January he was the first solo recorder player to reach the semi-final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and is also a two-time New Roots finalist. He is currently working on a solo album due for release in 2019.

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 original compositions. Performed on a wide range of different recorders, and interspersed with a brand-new set of rootsy, guitar-driven songs, the gigs have been exciting audiences throughout the country with their energy and diversity.

“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)

Live at BBC Young Folk Award Semi-Final, January 2018