Tango for Patricia now available!

Officially released on Thursday March 31, 2016, this charming tango is now available on iTunes and at other popular online retailers and streaming sites.

Tango for Patricia+Patricia

RNS 0019 – Carlos Quilici y Javier Fioramonti – “Tango for Patricia”

This single is coupled with “Patricia (Tango)” performed by Maurizio Minardi on piano-accordion. The package also includes as a bonus track a ‘live’ recording of my father, Louis Collins, playing this tune on piano to demonstrate it to me. On iTunes, a PDF booklet is also available for download with additional information.

Note: This release has been deleted in 2016, but will be re-issued later this year.

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Third EP featuring Aurora Colson on sale now!

Released on Monday May 16, 2012, the new EP from Mike Collins featuring Aurora Colson is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and at several other popular online retailers and streaming sites.

Cover pic for Berwick Rendezvous EP by Mike Collins & Aurora Colson

RNEP 003 – Mike Collins | Aurora Colson – “Berwick Rendezvous”

This third EP release features six of their strongest tracks: an original song, “Berwick Rendezvous”, together with Edith Piaf’s “Hymne A L’Amour”, Serge Gainsbourg’s “Chez Les Yé Yé, Claude Nougaro’s “Bidonville”, Ewan MacColl/Roberta Flack’s “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” and Paul Anka/Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”.

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A ‘blast from the past’ released at last!

Officially released on Wednesday 4th of April,  this single from Mike Collins featuring Joanna Kay is now available on iTunes, Amazon and at several other popular online retailers and streaming sites.

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RNS 0017 – “Hangin’ On A String” – Mike Collins featuring Joanna Kay

Mike Collins produced, played and programmed all the instruments on this 1992 cover version of the Loose Ends classic mid-80’s soul track – “Hangin’ On A String”. Danish vocalist Joanna Kay sings the song while Keith O’Connell sings the backing vocals together with Joanna.

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Vivienne McKone – new single now available via Rude Note Records

Officially released on Wednesday 4th April, 2012, the new single from Vivienne McKone is now available on iTunes, Amazon and at several other popular online retailers and streaming sites.

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RNS 0018 – “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” – Vivienne McKone 

Often compared favourably with other UK-based soul artists such as Brand New Heavies, Vivienne McKone first wrote and produced a version of this song in 2009. Vivienne’s recent collaboration with Mike Collins spawned this new version featuring Gary Barnacle on saxophone with Mike Collins on guitar.

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Also available on Beatport, Juno, Dance Tunes www.dance-tunes.com, Deezer, 7Digital, Spotify, and Google Music.

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The Singles Collection – out now!

Thursday, 8 March 2012: Despite initial problems with the distribution, the second EP from Mike Collins and Aurora Colson is out now on iTunes and Amazon.

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RNEP 002 – Mike Collins | Aurora Colson – “The Singles Collection”

Songs include “It’s Too Late”, “Fortune Teller”, “Light My Fire”, “Love Is A Losing Game”, “White Christmas” and “Auld Lang Syne”.

Aurora really stretches out vocally on these songs – ‘covers’ of well-known pop hits together with two ‘seasonal’ songs – adding lots of harmonies and ad libs together with great ideas for guitar solos on “Fortune Teller” and “White Christmas”, hand claps on “Fortune Teller” and hand drum on “Light My Fire”!

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Michael & Aurora EP finally available!

Thursday, 8 March 2012: Originally scheduled for release in February, technical difficulties delayed the full release of this EP until this week. Simply titled “Michael & Aurora”, the songs are all taken from the ‘live’ repertoire developed for the duo featuring Mike Collins and Aurora Colson.

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RNEP 001 –  Mike Collins | Aurora Colson – “Michael & Aurora”

Songs include “Baby Mine”, “Joe Le Taxi”, “Jolene”, “Ballade Irlandaise (Un Oranger)”, “Verlaine”, and “Le Temps Des Cerises”. Aurora sings four of these in her first language, French, and, singing in English, offers poignant interpretations of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and “Baby Mine” – a beautiful song first featured in the Walt Disney film “Dumbo”. Michael plays acoustic guitar and adds extra instruments on “Baby Mine” and Verlaine” to create fuller arrangements for these.

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Second album release by Mike Collins & Jim Mullen now available on iTunes

Sunday, 26 February, 2012: Delayed due to technical difficulties, the second album featuring Mike Collins and Jim Mullen finally made it onto iTunes this weekend.

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RNA 003 – “Pop, Rock & Gospel” – Mike Collins | Jim Mullen

This album starts out with a tribute to The Shadows, offering quirky versions of “Man of Mystery” and “Apache”; continues with other well-known pop, rock and gospel tunes, including “Jailhouse Rock” and “Old Man River”; and finishes off with a selection of standards including “The Sound of Music” and “When I Fall In Love”.

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Romance is in the air this week with the new release featuring Aurora Colson!

Monday, February 13th, 2012: Released just in time for the Valentine’s Day celebrations, we present two songs featuring Aurora Colson all about romantic love!

RNS 0016 – “Berwick Rendezvous” c/w “Hymne À L’Amour” – Mike Collins | Aurora Colson

Cover pic for Berwick Rendezvous single by Michael & Aurora

“Berwick Rendezvous” tells the story of a girl meeting a guy for the first time at a party and immediately falling under his spell – a classic ‘love at first sight’ situation! The lyrics spell the situation out, an unexpected introduction just as she is about to go home early, then it happens – the shock of the attraction!

“Hymne à l’Amour”, one of the most famous songs written by Edith Piaf (widely regarded as France’s most famous popular singer), is an ode to the love of her life, boxer Marcel Cerdan who was killed in a plane crash en route from Paris to New York to see her. This version takes the song into jazz territory with Jim Mullen’s sophisticated guitar chords and Jamie Talbot’s smooth tenor saxophone solo.

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Original songs by David Philips & Mike Collins out now!

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012: The first two original compositions featuring the songwriting and vocal talents of David Philips in collaboration with guitarist/producer Mike Collins is available on iTunes from today!

RNS 0014 – “She’s So Entertaining” c/w “Try” – Mike Collins | David Philips

Cover pic for "She's so entertaining/Try" single release by Mike Collins & David Philips

With great lyrics from David, “She’s so entertaining, she’s like a movie star… like Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Sophia Loren, Dorothy Dandridge…”, this song celebrates the woman he has so obviously fallen for in a big way!

“Try” is a very introspective song, but with a positive message of hope for those who stick together in the face of adversity: “Now you’re thinking to yourself, ‘where do I go from here’ … (from) each hurt… you learn (to)… Try, keep your head up when the storms come, You got to remember to try, together… take it to the limit, love never dies”!

On both songs, David Philips plays keyboards, Mike Collins plays electric and acoustic guitars and hand percussion, Anselmo Netto plays hand percussion, Winston Blissett plays bass and Marc Parnell plays drums. Jay Stapley plays the rock guitar ‘licks’ on “Try” and Aurora Colson sings the chorus vocal ‘hook’, “Try”, together with David.

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Amy Winehouse tribute single just released!

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012: Available on iTunes from today, this recording is our tribute to Amy Winehouse.

“I really loved the way Amy phrased her vocals on her ‘live’ version of this song, and I tried to capture the spirit of this when I played the guitar solo,” Mike explains. “Aurora is also a fan of Amy Winehouses’s and I believe that she has delivered a unique vocal tribute to Amy – full of the same kind of poignancy but delivered in Aurora’s own personal fashion.”

RNS 0015 – “Love Is A Losing Game” – Mike Collins | Aurora Colson

Cover pic for "Love is a losing game" by Mike Collins | Aurora Colson

Mike plays lead and rhythm guitars and all the hand percussion on this recording, accompanied by Winston Blissett on bass and Marc Parnell on drums.

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