Lui Collins's radiant voice showcases the lyrical storytelling of the songs, blending rural imagery with her distinctive vision. While her repertoire includes tunes about the changing seasons and the farmlands of the northeast United States, Collins has increasingly used music as a path to explore her inner psyche.
Earlier this year Collins released her eighth solo CD, titled "Closer." A departure from her earlier recordings, it features poems selected from her published collection, "Moon of Ripe Berries." Alternating original songs and poems, Collins walks us through a calendar year from spring to spring, weaving an engaging and intimate tapestry.
Collins established herself as a powerful presence in the folk community in the late 1970s and early 1980s, signing songs written by what were then emerging artists such as Greg Brown, Julie Snow and Stan Rogers. In fact, Rogers, the late Canadian folk singer, once stated, "She sings my songs better than I do." Throughout her 30-year career she has developed a unique musical style, inspired by jazz and world music as well as New England folk traditions and southern Appalachian music.
In her live performances, Collins accompanies herself on guitar and clawhammer banjo, combining her original songs and dynamic readings of her poetry with traditional banjo tunes in an intimate conversation with her audience.
See Lui Collins perform for the Folkus Project at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 East Genesee St., Syracuse. Admission is $10. For reservations email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-7444.