One of New England’s most acclaimed folksinger/songwriters, Lui Collins, will perform Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Broad Bay Congregational UCC, 941 Main St./Route 220.

Known as an accomplished vocalist, banjo player and guitarist, Collins keeps her concerts intimate. She interlaces songs with stories about their background, her life, the weather — like a conversation with an old friend. The Boston Globe has labeled her one of New England’s first and brightest stars, and the late renowned guitarist Dave van Ronk once called her “one of the best guitarist-arrangers I have heard.”

Jeff and Steffie Belcher, members of Broad Bay who are organizing the concert, heard Collins perform many times during the years they lived in the Connecticut and Massachusetts area.

“Lui’s music has always brought us joy, expressed deep emotional and spiritual realities in our lives and has at the same time been wonderfully entertaining,” said Steffie. “It has been a great gift to us and we always highly recommend that people go (to her concerts) and receive her gifts as well.”

A native of Vermont, Collins has been singing and recording for more than 35 years and has eight solo CDs to her credit, including the most recent, “Closer,” released in 2006 on the Waterbug Records label. Her 2001 collection of poetry, “Moon of Ripe Berries,” is now in its third printing.

After decades in Connecticut, in 1997 Collins relocated to western Massachusetts, where she has gradually shifted the focus of her work from touring to teaching in her community. In 2002, she trained with early childhood music program Music Together of Princeton, N.J., and founded Hilltown Music Together, now Lui Collins’ Upside-Up Music. In 2007, Collins began research and development on Kids’ Jam, an educational program for 5- to 7-year-olds, for which she has since adapted, written and recorded a two-year cycle of eight seasonal collections of songs. Her other current creative focus is learning bossa nova guitar and brushing up on her Portuguese; she lived in Brazil for a year in the late 1960s and has been enamored with the music and the language ever since.

Tickets, available at the door, are $15, free for children younger than 13. Refreshments, as well as Collins’ CDs, will be available for purchase at intermission. For more information, call the Belchers at 372-6750.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to