Every 3 months, Collabor-nation brings together 3 top quality singer-songwriters, who then contribute to each other’s music for one very special, unique night. Expect a warm, intimate evening of songs you will not forget. Variety, top musicianship and songs straight from the soul.
Location: The Butterfly Cabinet in Heaton.
The last Show: Was on Fri 6th July. It featured Jen Stevens and the Hiccups full band, Stacey Swanson and a recent formation called Northern Collective (which consists of James Clarke from My Other life and 2 female vocalists, Kim and Ash). The first show was a keys extravaganza – featuring a real acoustic piano delivered and tuned on site. The first show sold out quickly and had a really good energetic and interactive vibe,
Vid here > http://youtu.be/Jc9C-RZujkY This was the final song of the night, where the audience were encouraged to get involved with various bits of percussion, and they did!
Each act is required to attend 3 rehearsals prior to the show. bringing 3 of their 8 songs to the table for everyone else to get in on.
I had seen a gig by a wonderful band called “This is the Kit” at the Butterfly Cabinet and ever since then wanted to showcase my songs in that environment, a place where people really listen to the music. I started to think about how many amazing bands there are in the Northeast that I love and would love to jam with. I wanted to see what would happen if I got 2 or 3 acts together in the same rehearsal space to combine efforts and share ideas. What would happen if I combined bands together, how would it sound? I wanted to give the audience something different, some variety whilst at the same time offering an exciting challenge to the artists. There’s a huge amount of real musical talent here in the Northeast and I’m delighted at the positive response from artists wanting to get involved. Although Collabor-nation is acoustic and intimate, we keep it upbeat, interactive and entertaining
Collabor-nation future plans
I have plans to do a “Best Of” Collabor-nation night further down the line. A bigger ambition of mine is to make Collabor-nation the album, and keep releasing them as we do more shows. I think it’s really important to capture a sound that’s been created especially for that one night and might not ever be repeated again. Getting it down in the studio will make it timeless. I am hoping these nights continue to be a success and I’m already thinking of other special venues that will work well with Collabor-nation.