Music in Bass Hall Concert: Lui Collins to perform Saturday

Folkway musician returns

Music in Bass Hall Concert: Lui Collins to perform Saturday

Folksinger Lui Collins will be in concert at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Music in Bass Hall Concert series.

Collins first came to Peterborough in the mid-1970s when she performed and effectively launched her career at the newly opened Folkway Restaurant and Coffeehouse. She remained a favorite performer until the Folkway closed in 1995. She was one of several Folkway veterans who participated in The Folkway Remembered concert series in Bass Hall in 2010.

The concert will be preceded by a “Folkway” potluck supper. Guests are invited to bring dishes reminiscent of the Folkway’s menu.

Following her graduation with a degree in sociology, Collins devoted herself full-time to music. In the late ’70s and early ’80s, she recorded three albums released on the Philo and Green Linnet labels, establishing her in the Northeast folk community.

With the release of her fourth CD, “Moondancer,” in 1993 Collins founded her own label: Molly Gamblin Music. She now has eight solo CDs to her credit, the most recent, “Closer,” released in 2006 on the Waterbug Records label. Her collection of poetry, “Moon of Ripe Berries,” published in 2001, is now in its third printing.

The Boston Globe has described Collins as “one of New England’s first and brightest stars,” and Sing Out! magazine calls her “incomparable.”

She 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.”

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

Admission to the concert is $15 and $12 for seniors, students, and members of the Monadnock Center. To reserve tickets, call 924-3235 or visit

There is no charge to attend the potluck, however seating is limited so registration is required. Reservations can be made by phone or online.

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