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Closer (2006)

Closer - 2006

Richard Cuccaro, in Acoustic Live of NYC, describes Closer as "a shimmering set of jewels, celebrating every aspect of her crossing to the hopeful place she has found for herself." He calls the final poem, Hanging Up the Snowshoes, "staggeringly beautiful," – and the entire album "a keeper."

Lui was joined by Rani Arbo and Anand Nayak of Daisy Mayhem on this recording.

  1. Spring!***
  2. Red Red Robin*
  3. The Creek**
  4. Susquehanna*
  5. Making Pies
  6. Precipice**
  7. Step Into the Water
  8. Astilbe**
  9. Blood Red the Stain
  10. Journey's End**
  11. Someone to Come Home To*
  12. Holiday**
  13. Gone But Not Forgotten*
  14. Glance in a Mirror**
  15. Where?
  16. Bells of May Street
  17. Shiny White-Toed Hightops**
  18. All the Pretty Birds
  19. His Hometown
  20. I Wrest My Joy**
  21. Blessed*
  22. Hanging Up the Snowshoes**


Produced by Anand Nayak

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**Spoken Poem
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Leaving Fort Knox (2000)

Leaving Fort Knox - 2000

"Quite simply, this is the best Lui Collins recording, ever."

"Her gorgeously poetic lyrics are wrapped around a solid bed of traditional- and old-timey-influenced music, which is at once simple and perfect for conveying the mood and subtleties of her words."—Dirty Linen, October-November 2000

Read Michael Devlin's review of Leaving Fort Knox in Music Matters Review.

  1. Things to Do*
  2. Loose the Ties
  3. Saudade (sau-DAH-gee)*
  4. Rarest Rose
  5. Leaving Fort Knox*
  6. Spark/Wings
  7. The Dark Silkie
  8. Green Light
  9. Song of the Waters
  10. Mystery Play
  11. Won't Miss You Darlin'
  12. Swimming to the Other Side*

Produced by Dana Robinson

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Stone by Stone (1997)

Stone by Stone - 1997

"one of folk's most magnificent albums to date"
—Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

"The... album weaves together all the best aspects of Collins' previous work, gathering both an excellent group of backing musicians and an outstanding set of new songs, that explore love, friendship, spirituality, and earthly concerns such as her deepening of ties with Native Americans and her work with prisoners."
—Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

  1. Maisha Ni Safi
  2. Friendship Waltz*
  3. Gold Upon the Trees
  4. Surrender
  5. Step into the Water
  6. Blessing
  7. Guinevere and the Fire
  8. Stone by Stone
  9. Midnight
  10. Pretty Bird*
  11. The Vision
  12. Lover's Fire


Produced by Doug Kupper

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Parents' Choice Award

North of Mars (1995)

North of Mars - 1995

A bunch of kids' songs!

Winner of the 1995 Parents' Choice Honor. "Parents' Choice Foundation's panels of educators, scientists, performing artists, librarians, parents and, yes, kids themselves, identify the very best products for children of different ages and backgrounds, and of varied skill and interest levels."

"beautifully rendered"—NPR's All Things Considered

  1. Peace on Earth*
  2. Storyteller
  3. Bearline
  4. Red Creek Rising
  5. Ms. A. Hulas*
  6. Joyful Noise
  7. Sedna
  8. Two Stones, One River / Reflection
  9. Waltzing With Bears*
  10. Maggie's Reel / Raven Song
  11. Two Pterodactyls
  12. Poppa Bear's Hum

Produced by Russ Landau & Lui Collins

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Moondancer (1993)

Moondancer - 1993

- The Journey of the Child Within

"Nothing short of brilliant."—Sing Out
"An extraordinary accomplishment"—Dirty Linen

"...one of Collins' most intense works, [it] is not without its lighter moments; "Mermaid's Lullabye", (...co-written with [Jane]Yolen), and the jubilant title track offset the album's darker moments."
--Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

  1. Moondancer (instrumental)
  2. Hibernation
  3. Invocation
  4. Move to the Now
  5. The Holy Instant
  6. Triceps
  7. Blessed*
  8. Mermaid's Lullabye
  9. God Bless the Children
  10. Holy Child
  11. Flicker of Light
  12. Moondancer*


Produced by Darleen Wilson.

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There's a Light (1985)

There's a Light - 1985

Awarded the OMAR - One of the Best Folk Albums of 1985
by WOMR, Provincetown, MA

"Produced by ex-Silly Wizard member [the late] Johnny Cunningham... Collins' originals, with additional material co-written with fantasy/children's book author Jane Yolen ("Ballad of the White Seal Maid"), and a stunning version of Bob Franke's definitive "For Real"."
--Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

  1. Dance Me 'Round*
  2. All You Can Do
  3. The Ballad of the White Seal Maid*
  4. Leaf in Winter
  5. There's a Light
  6. For Real*
  7. Midwinter Night
  8. The Enfolding
  9. Ecstasy
  10. Lullabye

Produced by John Cunningham & Lui Collins

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Baptism of Fire (1981)

Baptism of Fire - 1981

"...musical good taste, and a projection of warmth and authenticity... captured fresh and undiluted... [Lui's] music is an unqualified and unreserved affirmation of life, and a powerful antidote to the rampant cultural alienation that seems to be afoot in our times."
-- Dave Beauvais, Gemini Full Moon

  1. Baptism of Fire*
  2. Passion
  3. Bring Your Mind Back Home
  4. The Tinker's Coin*
  5. Who Do You Love
  6. Hold the Last Note Out
  7. Wildflower Song*
  8. January Thaw
  9. Sweet Goodbye
  10. Second Effort
  11. Awaiting the Snow
  12. I'm Looking for a Song
  13. Rooty Toot Toot for the Moon


Produced by Horace Williams Jr.

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Made in New England (1978)

Made in New England - 1978

"Collins' first album on Philo contained some of her most cherished material for years to come including compositions by Mike Heron, Robin Williamson and others as well as several outstanding originals."
-- Lahri Bond, Dirty Linen

  1. The Mushy One*
  2. Wake Up Time
  3. Distance
  4. Love is Losin' Hold*
  5. The Silkie
  6. Jealous Lover
  7. The Endless Mile*
  8. You Are the Songbird
  9. I'll Know the Time
  10. Everything's Fine Right Now
  11. Almost (Eiderdown Quilt)
  12. Born and Bred
  13. Vermont is Afire in the Autumn

Produced by Lui Collins, Bill Lauf Jr., Horace Williams & Guy Wolff

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Paired Down - Lui & Dana Robinson - 1998

With Dana Robinson

Paired Down (1998)

Lui Collins - vocals and guitar
Dana Robinson - vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo

  1. Loose the Ties
  2. The Trade
  3. Saudade (sau-DAH-gee)
  4. Jackstraw/Bear Left
  5. The Jewel
  6. Burrow Down
  7. Rarest Rose
  8. One Last Stop
  9. Little Sadie

Produced by Dana Robinson and Lui Collins

Paired Down Vol. 2 - Lui & Dana Robinson - 1999

Paired Down Vol. II (1999)

Lui Collins - vocals and guitar
Dana Robinson - vocals, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo

  1. Things to Do
  2. Ernie Carpenter's Grandpappy's   
    Favorite / The Horny Ewe
  3. Hoosac Tunnel
  4. Green Light
  5. Chautauqua Day
  6. Podunk Rogue
  7. Ballad Tree
  8. Song of the Waters
  9. Licorice
  10. Won't Miss You Darlin'


Produced by Dana Robinson and Lui Collins

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Moon of Ripe Berries - 2001

Moon of Ripe Berries:
The Ashfield Poems (2001)

"It is the moon of ripe berries
plump orbs
bursting with summer rains
and sweet with sunshine
drop heavy into my eager fingers..."

—excerpt from Moon of Ripe Berries



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Blessed Choral Arrangement

For mezzo-soprano soloist and SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) w/ piano accompaniment

"Halleluiah, halleluiah, oh blessed are we this day."

Lui has created a four-part choral arrangement for this much-requested song, which is now available by download in two pdf's.


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