Ballymena Times

Excerpt by Andy McKinney

Next up was Tony Collins, a native of Glasgow who spent a year in our fair town and it was good to see him return to these shores again.  Dressed in traditional Scottish attire with kilt, sporran and the works, Tony regaled us with poems, comedy songs and jokes. Think Billy Connolly in his early days without the swearing and you would not be far from the mark.  Tony has a fine voice and a great rapport with the audience. As well as the light hearted moments, Tony also ably covered gospel standards such as Charlie Lansborough's "My Forever Friend" and "It Is No Secret What God Can Do."  This was interspersed with little anecdotes about his childhood and his faith.  Again the audience was left wanting more and hopefully Tony will also feature in future years at the festival.