Colin James McCaffrey was born September 7th, 1968 in Brattleboro, Vermont. The second child in a creative and artistic family of four children, he started playing piano, guitar and violin. At a young age he began performing, playing and singing Classical, Popular, Rock, Irish and American folk music with his family throughout New England in musical theater productions, churches, youth orchestras, as well as in jazz, bluegrass, folk and rock bands. He graduated from Kimball Union Academy and went on to complete a BA in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After graduating with honors in 1990, Colin moved back to central Vermont where he has continued performing, writing songs, and teaching music.
As a performer, Colin sings and plays guitar, violin, bass guitar, mandolin, and percussion. He tours both as a bandleader/frontman for his own projects and also as a freelance instrumentalist. He often tours the New England music festival circuit with groups like The Clayfoot Strutters, The 7's, and Popcorn Behaviour. These 3 groups are nationally acclaimed bands, each known for their exciting fusion of traditional folk music with funk, jazz, rock, african, and popular music elements.
Colin is a published songwriter, composer, and arranger as well as a studio musician, sound engineer, and producer. A BMI affiliated songwriter, many of his songs are represented by Al Jolson Black & White Music based in Nashville, TN. Colin wrote and arranged music for the 1999 Circus Smirkus production "The Adventures of Robin Hood" on the Epact Music Label, which is the focus of a British Documentary film series entitled "Circus Kids" which aired on the Disney Channel the summer of 2000. He recently produced a CD of childrens music with singer/songwriter Lewis Franco entitled "Your Own True Song" and his song "Get The Nerve To Call" was just recorded by Rick Norcross and the North Country Ramblers for their upcoming 2001 CD release.
As a teacher Colin has taught over 600 students privately at home and through various local schools and colleges. He serves as adjunct faculty and chairman of he guitar deartment at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont and also teaches through the Community College of Vermont. He is a staff member at the Vermont Summer Jazz Camp and the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camp led by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.
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