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April 6, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $15
Folk singer/songwriter Lui Collins has been performing, writing and recording since the 1970s, earning international acclaim for her music. A native Vermonter, Collins’ early music education included classical studies on piano, violin and French horn, followed by a major in music theory at the University of Connecticut. Lui abandoned formal music studies after three years of college, in favor of the vibrant folk music scene of northeast Connecticut.
Following her graduation with a degree in sociology, Collins devoted herself full-time to music. In the late seventies and early eighties, Lui recorded Made in New England, followed byBaptism of Fire, and There’s a Light. These releases on thePhilo and Green Linnet labels established her in the Northeast folk community.
The Boston Globe has described Lui as “one of New England’s first and brightest stars,” and Sing Out! Magazine calls her “incomparable.” She was voted third most popular performer at the Champlain Valley Festival in 1992, along with Pete Seeger and French Canadian band La Bottine Souriante. Renowned guitarist Dave van Ronk called her “one of the best guitarist-arrangers I have heard in years.” Michael Devlin of Music Matters Review wrote: “… there are relatively few artists who are bringing a traditional sensibility to modern songwriting, and in the process creating new traditional music. Lui Collins is among the barefoot royalty of this group…”
Lui took up clawhammer banjo in 1999, and has continued to delve deeply into southern Appalachian music. This traditional influence is evident on her 2000 solo recording Leaving Fort Knox. Dirty Linen‘s assessment, “Quite simply, this is the best Lui Collins recording, ever,” is a clear affirmation of the continuing vitality, after 30 years, of Collins’ art. This vitality expresses itself in her live performances, as Lui blends her original songs, dynamic readings of her poetry, and traditional banjo tunes, in an intimate conversation with her audience.
Lui’s concerts have become less numerous, but they’re as memorable as ever. Whether you’ve enjoyed her recordings for years or you’ve just been introduced, there’s no better way to experience Lui’s music than at a live concert. Lui’s concerts are intimate affairs. She interlaces her songs with stories about their background, her life, the weather – like a conversation with an old friend…with music.
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