Judy Collins is an award-winning singer-songwriter and a music legend. She also happens to be a Friend of the Denver Folklore Center. Ms. Collins moved from Seattle to Denver, CO in 1949 (when she was 10 years old). She and the DFC go way back to the early Harry Tuft days - she’s visited the store and Swallow Hill “for various things over the years”. That’s why we were pleased when she took time during her current tour to speak with us about her latest album and popular podcast.
Judy Collins - Live at The Town Hall, NYC revisits her 1964 concert there and boasts nearly the same setlist. The idea came from the folks at the town hall who called her and asked if she “would please do a refresher for people”. She was excited because the first concert she performed was at the venue. “I had to go back and relearn a number of the songs I didn’t know anymore. It was great! I did a Dylan and some others, and it was quite exciting. Of course, it’s wonderful to have an audience and I’ve played that hall so many times. It’s so beautiful and I had a great band, and everyone laughed at my jokes, so it was a lot of fun.”
Ms. Collins is currently on tour to support the album and finds returning to performing for a live audience “exhilarating, exciting, wonderful, it’s amazing! People are so happy to see me, they’re so happy to be out doing anything.” And she sees herself performing live for quite some time. “The rest of my life. It never stops. It’s what I do. It’s what I conceive of as my life’s work.” Ms. Collins doesn’t take a lot of time off either. “In between touring I make albums, do projects, practice piano and I have a social life. There’s always a lot happening.”
You can listen to Judy Collins’ podcast Since You’ve Asked on all major platforms HERE.
And see her upcoming concert dates HERE.