Trish Bruxvoort Colligan (Submitted photo)
Call it music born in a barn. Trish Bruxvoort Colligan prefers her gardening, music and life organic.
So, naturally, she is recording her fifth CD, "Wild Acre," in a Decorah barn. Not the usual approach for a nationally-known professional musician.
Trish, an Iowa native, has turned her recording project into a community effort around art and sustainable living.
"I wanted to get the creativity that comes from lots of people being part of the process, Trish explains. "It's been wonderful."
Bruxvoort-Colligan, a roots-folk artist from Strawberry Point, invited partnerships, and many have responded with enthusiasm.
Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah offered their barn as the recording studio. The Pepperfield Project is providing meals and lodging for the studio musicians. Piano instructor Cathy Corkery of Manchester donated her Steinway grand piano to the project. A business consultant, a fan of Trish's music, donated her time. Trish's neighbors in Strawberry Point are in on it. An Iowa filmmaker will be filming the recording process for a future documentary. She is open to other corporate sponsors as the word gets out.
Add in Trish's producer from Boston and her band from Minneapolis, and that's a lot of colorful threads weaving together.
What's more, the recording itself is being funded entirely by fans and friends.
Trish says, "My producer Jake Armading calls it a CSA: Community Sponsored Art. The tradition of artists being supported by patrons and community is an ancient idea that has found traction again in crowdfunding. But I also think that, like community gardening or food co-ops, people have a desire to be part of something important and beautiful."
So-called "crowdfunding" means an independent artist's fans and friends contribute money to fund their project. Apparently, Trish's fans believe in her music: she's raised a third of her goal in only 10 days.
"This music seems at home in a barn," Trish smiles. "The idea behind 'Wild Acre' is that we might try hard to control our lives to be a certain way, but a lot of life can't be tamed. Things grow and change in a natural way. Stuff happens we can't possibly prepare for." Trish smiles, "So we all have a wild side, don't we?"
The new CD, set for an autumn release, will have an Americana-folk sound centered on Trish's melodic voice, piano or guitar, and a band joining her on some songs. Watch for news about a record release party and concert at Seed Savers in early autumn.
Trish continues to welcome support to fund her recording at Indiegogo.com. It can be as simple as pre-ordering a CD, and as ambitious as booking a concert for a living room or barn. Find Trish on Facebook, with more information at TrishBC.com
"Yes, it's risky to do an album this way," Trish says, "but there's something beautiful about a life of trust. Framers and gardeners know that in the planning and hard work, there's a kind of yielding to the elements. Meaningful things can happen organically and be out of our control. Unknowns can be scary, but they can drop things into our laps better than we could have planned or imagined."