☼ ☼ ☼ Lui Collins & friends | Nelson Town Hall

$15/$12 (Sr/Jr)



MFS presents a mini-reunion of Folkway artists On Thursday, July 2nd at 7:30 PM. Joining her for the evening will be colleagues from the early Folkway era: Guy Wolf (who introduced Lui to the Folkway), Horace Williams, Julie Snow, and Folkway co-founder Jonathan Hall. Sure to be a memorable evening.

Lui Collins was born in Barre, Vermont and began to play her first gigs in the early Seventies, while she was a student at the University of Connecticut. In the mid-Seventies, Collins began to tour as part of a duo with a young folk singer named Horace Williams, Jr. They played a regular circuit around the best of New England’s many folk clubs, and gained much respect for the sense of style and humor they brought to the burgeoning folk community. Collins started out singing covers of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez songs, but quickly started to include music that was written by what were then emerging artists, such as Greg Brown, Julie Snow and Stan Rogers. In fact Rogers, the late great Canadian folk singer, once stated “She sings my songs better than I do.”

“Lui has a gentle way of capturing the hearts of her audience and having what amounts to a musical conversation with them during her performances… to truly experience Lui Collins it should be required to spend an entire evening with her. No one weaves a spell quite like she can.”
—Champlain Valley Folk Festival Newsletter

In 1997 Collins relocated to the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, immersing herself in music. In addition to her solo performances in concerts, festivals and schools, Collins has performed extensively with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dana Robinson. Together they released two limited edition collaborative recordings, Paired Down and Paired Down Vol. 2, in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

Collins 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 Collins blends her original songs, dynamic readings of her poetry, and traditional banjo tunes, in an intimate conversation with her audience.