Kickstartin’ Amy Collins’ Debut CD

March 14th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Sara
Amy Collins (center) and the Whomevers

Amy Collins (center) and the Whomevers

Photograph by Al Goldberg

With her crystal-clear soprano voice and songs ranging from the humorous to the heartbreaking, Amy Collins has long been a popular mainstay on the Nippertown music scene.

But recently the long-time solo singer-songwriter put together her first band, the Whomevers – also featuring Mike Messitt, Bill Flynn and John Cromie – and now she’s finally gearing up to record her first full-length album using a Kickstarter Project to help fund the recording.

In addition to her band, Collins will join engineer Ted Malia at Black Dog Studio in Stillwater with a few special guest musicians – bassist Lorraine Waughn, fiddler Eileen Markand and multi-instrumentalist Mark Fredrick (of the Fighting 86s) – as well as vocalists Rosanne Raneri and Tom Flynn. The track listing for the album will be a combination of gorgeous Celtic traditional songs, modern folk and Amy’s original tunes.

With nine days of fundraising to go, the project is already 3/4 of the way to her goal of $2,000. Way to go, Amy. We’re rooting for ya!

You can also catch Amy & the Whomevers at Moon & River Cafe on the second Thursday of every month.


Five Firsts: Amy Collins of Amy & the Whomevers

January 10th, 2012, 12:00 pm by Greg
Amy Collins

Amy Collins

NAME: Amy Collins
BAND AFFILIATION: Amy & the Whomevers
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, vocals, bandmates’ heads

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Oh god, I don’t want to admit this… It was Shaun Cassidy’s 1976 self-titled album. It came with a poster, and I am afraid to say I also bought the Da Doo Ron Ron T-shirt. (Can’t Nippertown edit this answer so that I look cooler?)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … It was John Hartford in Manhattan Square Park in Rochester. My mom is an amazing musician and folk music lover, and she made sure we got a healthy dose of folk and roots music when we were growing up.

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LIVE: Amy Collins & Friends @ Moon & River Cafe, 8/11/11

August 24th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Mike Messitt, Tom Flynn, Amy Collins, Bill Flynn and John Cromie

Mike Messitt, Tom Flynn, Amy Collins, Bill Flynn and John Cromie

On the second Thursday of every month, some Celtic-inspired musical mastery takes place in Schenectady’s historic Stockade. Longtime area performer Amy Collins and her bandmates bring their unique, folk-revival-tinged sounds to the intimate confines of the Moon & River Cafe.

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