Trish Bruxvoort Colligan (Submitted photo)
Trish Bruxvoort Colligan (Submitted photo)
Trish Bruxvoort Colligan’s new album “Wild Acre” was born in a barn. 
The music was recorded in the Amish-built barn at Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, the internationally-renowned heirloom seed vault and organic gardening Mecca. In the summer of 2013, the singer’s Minneapolis band set up and recorded the album live among the vintage rafters and barnyard birds.
Saturday, May 3, the public is invited to that same barn for an album release concert.
The event features a garden party with appetizers and drinks at 5 p.m. The barn concert is at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at
Two years ago, when most of the songs began to come together for the new album, Trish’s vision for Wild Acre took shape. Themes of trust, organic food and honest community living started to develop. These all conspired to make a surprising recording process.
The roots-folk artist from Strawberry Point wanted an organic approach.
“I wanted the creativity that comes from lots of people being part of the process, Trish explains. “And playing in the barn, with all the wind and birdsong, we realized the music was a bit out of our control. It was wonderful.”
A large number of people came together to make Trish’s dream album happen. Seed Savers offered their barn as the recording studio. The Pepperfield Project provided meals and lodging for the musicians. Piano instructor Cathy Corkery loaned her 1920s Steinway grand. A business consultant donated her time.  Mabe’s threw a pizza party. An all-call gathering of Decorah musicians made up the choir for two of the album’s songs and an Iowa filmmaker captured the whole endeavor for a possible documentary. What’s more, the recording itself was funded by fans and friends via crowdfunding.
This summer The artist will launch a tour playing unusual venues for the average professional musician -- barns, food co-ops, PSA’s, backyard gardens and living rooms -- places her personal style of music is at home.
 “This music seems at home in a barn,” she says. “The idea behind ‘Wild Acre’ is that though we try hard to control our lives a certain way, most of it can’t be tamed. Things grow and change naturally, and stuff happens we can’t possibly prepare for. We all have a wild side, don’t we?”
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