LATEST: The ENCORE performance of the 2021 online Judy Collins concert at TOWN HALL, NEW YORK is now set:
Dates are April 16th, 17th, 18th 2021
— this is another chance to experience this very special concert which was first aired in February 2021.
With her crystalline voice and her keen ear for great material, Judy Collins rose quickly. And THE JUDY COLLINS CONCERT marked a turning point in her career. Recorded at New York City's Town Hall on March 21st 1964, the Elektra Records album saw Judy Collins graduate from folk clubs to a theatre setting for the first time, and she made the most of it.
It was the then twenty-four-year-old singer's first concert, which is to say, her first appearance in a theatre, as opposed to the folk clubs she was accustomed to playing. It was a big step up for a performer who was just releasing her third album and was gradually moving from a traditional repertoire to one consisting largely of songs written by her contemporaries, many of them having a political bent.
So rather than sing tracks from her three preceding studio albums, Collins focussed on recent songs by such writers as Tom Paxton, Billy Edd Wheeler and Fred Neil. With stirring versions of 'Medgar Evers Lullaby' and Bob Dylan's 'The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll' underlining civil rights struggles, THE JUDY COLLINS CONCERT is a snapshot of the era, with a grace and beauty that remain timeless...
The great Judy Collins will film the show onstage at The Town Hall to be broadcast live on February 12th 2021.
Judy will recreate her legendary 1964 New York City concert hall debut — which took place at The Town Hall.
A lover of songwriters and the issues they write about, Judy Collins says:
“What a time that was 1964. I was very nervous since my record company decided to record this concert and put it out as an album. I had just been to a Bob Dylan concert, heard the Lonesome Death of Hattie Caroll, and knew I had to record it.
It was such a tumultuous time in the world. The Vietnam war was rolling along, breaking into thunder and lightning and anxiety and pain. People were burning their draft board cards, trying to get to Canada and facing up to going to Vietnam where many of them would die.
Making this album and concert at The Town Hall - my very first solo appearance at one of the great concert stages in New York - was a joyous event. It feels right to go back to the material and time period now with the knowledge and life lessons learned in 2020.”
Describing this seminal moment in 1964, The New York Times wrote,
“Judy Collins made her New York concert debut Saturday at The Town Hall and established herself without delay in the front rank of American balladeers. By the evening’s end she had moved her large audience to cheers, whistles and bravos - all heartily deserved.”
- Virtual ENCORE presentation concert tickets are on sale now from — please see above
- The new Judy Collins Town Hall concert was recorded for a forthcoming vinyl album release, date TBC
- Judy Collins' new release Winter Stories: Live From The Oslo Opera House (DVD+CD; and Digital) is out now