Local musician keeps her spirits high despite COVID setbacks

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Terrie Collins (Courtesy photo)
Terrie Collins, lead singer for the Big Picture, is looking to bring some joy to a neighborhood near you!
I really enjoyed a heart-to-heart conversation with local music dynamo Terrie Collins. We talked about music, the Covid pandemic and how it has affected the musicians on a local level.
Terrie consider herself a "Last Responder". While many people have returned to work, many musicians have not been able to. Restaurants and pubs that used to hire a musician for live entertainment may still be struggling themselves to get back to on solid financial ground.
Working musicians that actually counted on that income have generally been working for less money and for tips, if the establishment even allows it, and they are hurting.
Terrie who plays in a band also has a solo specialty that was really hurt by the pandemic, she entertains in nursing homes, which have not reopened their doors to her. So she has been reinventing herself and entertaining in parking lots and driveways just to make ends meet.
"The government has done very little to help me." said Collins "Covid took my job and I want it back. I want to be able to pay my bills again. I want to be able to go out and play with my band and make more than $2.50 an hour after expenses. The waitresses and bartenders are making more than the musicians most nights, especially if a venue does not allow us to put a tip jar out."
So please help out our hurting musician friends, catch a local show or two and be sure to tip the hardworking waitstaff and musicians!
Here is what is happening Out and About in the Greater Rochester Area this weekend!


Paul Lussier will be at Porters Pub in Rochester NH, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
Aches and Pains will be at the Rock Club at the Governor's Inn in Rochester NH, 7-10 p.m.
Dancing Madly Backwards will be playing at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester NH, 8-11 p.m.
Something Stupid will be at Trains Tavern in Lebanon ME, 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, weather permitting! Check with the venue before heading out!! ☃️
Lewis Goodwin will be at Porters Pub in Rochester NH, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Mica's Groove Train will be at the Lilac City Grille in Rochester NH, 7-10 p.m.
Comedy Night at the Rock Club at the Governor's Inn in Rochester NH, 7-10 p.m.
Devin Berry at Radloph's Cigar Bar and The Rox Lounge in Rochester NH, 9 p.m.-12 midnight
Frank McDaniel's acoustic madness, open mic night at the American Legion in Somersworth NH, 7-11 p.m.
Terrie Collins will be at the Backstreet Grill in Sanford ME, 6-8 p.m.
Dirty McCurdy will be at Trains Tavern in Lebanon ME, 7-11 p.m.
Lewis Goodwin will be playing at The Lilac City Grille in Rochester NH, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
CC Bissett is a longtime Rochester music scene aficionado. She lives in Lebanon, Maine. You can contact here at
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