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Cameron Collins: educator, musician, singer-songwriter, guitar and harmonica player was born in the western Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts. With a golden saxophone at the age of 8 and a red electric guitar at age 10 Cam set out on life's musical and educational journey by forming his first band in Grade 6, all the while pursuing his love of playing hockey, baseball, and football in his youth and high-school years. Living in Burlington, VT while a student at St. Michael's College in the mid-1990's would cement his love of performing, jamming, and learning many genres of music and keeping his ears open. Cam jammed on a daily basis for upwards of 5 years with house-mate Patrick May (bass player of Blues for Breakfast, Turkey Bouillon Mafia, and Dead Sessions) during the Burlington days. Returning to the Berkshires in '99 Cam has continued in his quest of listening and performing music. In 2009 Cam traveled to his family's roots in Western Ireland in search of the Irish folk masters in the Public Houses of Doolin, Galway, and Dingle. Cam had the honor of performing at McDermott's and McGann's in Doolin, Ireland where the crowds welcomed the Yankee lad home. In 2007 and 2012 Cam traveled to his wife's homeland of Brazil where he has taken to the local music of the four- stringed cavaquinho and had the honor of performing live at Parreiras Churrascaria in Minas Gerais. In Negril, Jamaica in 2010 Cam couldn't resist getting on stage with his Spanish Artesano classical to jam with the Sandals house band on Bob Marley tunes! In 2005 Cam was a founding member of the Hillsdale, NY based Night Blooming Jasmines bluegrass quartet that was even featured on the front page of the New York Times travel section in August of 2009. Currently, Cam plays lead guitar for Bob The Band (Grahm Sturz, Christian Kemper, Michael Lenfest) where they perform the last Saturday of every month at the Lion's Den in Stockbridge, MA. Cam's first love has always been the acoustic guitar and he performs Solo- Acoustic at many establishments in Berkshire County as well as in his duo Collins and Christy featuring Gene Christy on accordion. It's hard to pigeon hole Cam into one particular genre as he peforms acoustic rock n' roll covers of Springsteen, Dylan, Petty, Cash, Earle, Stones, Dead, Fleetwood Mac, Young, CSN, etc.......as well as ORIGINALS.....Americana-Irish folk, bluegrass, reggae, and down-home numbers! Cam also plays and sings for little kids as well as part of his Americana repertoire which includes everything from Yankee Doodle to Run Run Rudolph. Cam has had the honor of performing at the Berkshire Life Insurance Company's Holiday Party for Children for 5 Decembers running starting in 2009!!! Catch him at a show! You will appreciate what you hear!
PAST DECADE OF PERFORMANCE VENUES solo-acoustic, Bob The Band, or Collins & Christy
Lion's Den, Stockbridge, MA
Heritage Tavern, Lenox, MA
O'Laughlin's Pub, Pittsfield, MA
Sideline Saloon, Pittsfield, MA
GEAA, Pittsfield, MA
La Cocina, Pittsfield, MA
Card Lake Inn, West Stockbridge, MA
Boscobel, Cold Spring, NY
East Side Cafe, Pittsfield, MA
Brulee's, Pittsfield, MA
Irish American Club of Pittsfield, MA
3rd Thursdays IAC, Pittsfield, MA
The Brickhouse, Housatonic, MA
Bucky's Tavern, Lee, MA
The Purple Pub, Williamstown, MA
Mazzeo's Restaurant, Pittsfield, MA
Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, MA
Friends Grille, Pittsfield, MA
Elm Street Barber Shop, Pittsfield, MA
Bobby Hudpuckers, Pittsfield, MA
Halpin's, Lenox, MA
The Firefly Applefest, Lenox, MA
Sullivan Station, Lee, MA
The Starving Artist, Lee, MA
The Old Egg, Egremont, MA
La Cocina, Pittsfield, MA
Rouge, West Stockbridge, MA
Applebees's, Pittsfield, MA (w/ Jack Weldheim)
V's Doghouse, Pittsfield, MA
Hillsdale Farmer's Market, Hillsdale, NY
McGann's Pub, County Clare, Doolin, IRELAND
The Little Bridge Pub, County Kerry, Dingle, IRELAND
McDermott's Pub, County Clare, Doolin, IRELAND
Parreiras Churrascaria, Counselheiro Lafaiete, BRAZIL
Sandals Negril, JAMAICA

General Info

Band Members
Cameron Collins-vocals, guitar, harmonica. Gene Christy-accordion
Artist Name
Home Page
Americana / Acoustic Rock n' Roll, Americana-Irish

Contact Info

Pittsfield, MA

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