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Lui Collins: an intimate evening of song, accompanied on tenor ukulele and banjo.
Folksinger/songwriter Lui Collins offers up an intimate evening of original songs, American standards & Brazilian bossa nova (in the original Portuguese), accompanied on tenor ukulele and banjo, and interspersed with stories and poems.
Folk singer/songwriter Lui Collins has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, earning international acclaim for her music. Her repertoire, accompanied on tenor ukulele and banjo, ranges from original and traditional folk songs and American standards to bossa nova in the original Brazilian Portuguese. She’s made 16 CDs, performed on others’ projects, and shared the stage with such folk-world notables as Tom Rush, Bonnie Raitt, and Stan Rogers.
Lui has been hailed by the Boston Herald as a “folksinger for our times” and by the Boston Globe as “one of New England’s first and brightest stars.” 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.” Canadian folk icon Stan Rogers quipped, “Lui sings my songs better than I do,” and Waterbug Records’ Andrew Calhoun claims, “Lui Collins sings the way people did a great long time ago, before most of us forgot how to breathe.”
These days, along with creating playful 4-string arrangements of some favorite original songs, Lui has been exploring the fabulous jazz chords in old American standards and bossa nova on tenor ukulele. She also contributes to 3-part vocal harmonies and plays ukulele, banjo and clarinet with fiddler Donna Hébert and guitarist Max Cohen in the band 3 Ravens.
In a parallel musical adventure, Collins founded Upside-Up Music and began teaching family music classes in 2003. She developed a primarily Kodály-based music curriculum for 5-7-year-old called Kids’ Jam, with 8 seasonal collections of recordings and songbooks. Her latest educational project has been adapting Kids’ Jam for use by homeschoolers and other families-at-a-distance, as Upside-Up’s Music at Home.
For more information and press photos, see Lui’s website www.luicollins.com
Great Desserts and locally roasted coffee, too!