Hundreds turned out at The Factory in Barnstaple for A Tribute to Mike Collins

Musicians and music fans turned out in their droves on Saturday night for A Tribute to Mike Collins.

The gig at The Factory in Barnstaple featured a dozen local bands and many more performers, organised by Mike’s good friend Jim Jones.

Barnstaple’s ‘Mr Saxophone’ Mike, 56, died on December 3, followed by a wave of grief from the music community and the many people who knew him.

Jim Jones said Saturday had been an amazing night with around 550 people in attendance.

There in spirit: Mike's beloved saxophone took centre stage at A Tribute to Mike Collins. Picture: Tony Hebblethwaite PhotographyThere in spirit: Mike's beloved saxophone took centre stage at A Tribute to Mike Collins. Picture: Tony Hebblethwaite Photography

The night raised £2,521 for local and national mental health charities Clarity and Mind.

Jim said: “It was an incredible gathering of people for an incredible guy.”

‘Dad would have been over the moon’

Amy Newton sings at A Tribute to Mike Collins hosted by The Factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Hebblethwaite PhotographyAmy Newton sings at A Tribute to Mike Collins hosted by The Factory in Barnstaple. Picture: Tony Hebblethwaite Photography

Mike’s son Sam said: “It was definitely surreal and overwhelming to see everyones’ passion all gathering together for my dad. I think he would have been over the moon about it.”

Clare Chapple who co-ordinates The Factory, added: “It was an absolute pleasure to host the North Devon Musicial Collective Tribute to Mike Collins event here at The Factory. Mike studied music with us when Petroc was formerly known as North Devon College.

“It was fantastic to have so many North Devon Musicians in one room, something that rarely happens. The level of talent we have locally is phenomenal, it really was a magical night, and every musician brought something different to the stage. Several of our current music technology and music performance students who volunteered their time really were inspired by being involved with this special event”

The line up featured Soul Agency, Loney, The Liquidators AKA, Zamba, Jim Crawford, Peter Bruntnell, Small Town Jones, The Sunny Sundays crew, The Howlers, (Amy Newton) The Real McCoy, The Raggamuffins, The Nova-jets, The Davids Bros (dub mafia) as well as Matt The Hat DJing.

In 2011 Mike Collins was presented with a new Yamaha saxophone after fund raising efforts by local musicians after his own instrument was destroyed by a devastating gas explosion in Trinity Street.