The exemplary Judy Collins has not let the grass grow under her feet – having completed an album and a tour with Stephen Stills, and then her own solo touring schedule, she has still found time to get back into the studio for a winter-themed album in collaboration with Norwegian singer Jonas Fjeld. Anticipation to … Continue reading “Judy Collins & Jonas Fjeld “Winter Stories” (Wildflower Records/Cleopatra Records, 2019)”
The legendary Judy Collins has announced a new album, ‘Winter Stories‘, due November 15th 2019. And to go with this timely winter-themed album – happily just in time for Winter Holiday Gifting – Judy Collins will be undertaking a suitably shivery tour of the UK in January 2020.
We are 90 days away from crashing out of the European Union like a petulant kid slamming the door behind them as everything falls off the shelves on the way out. Still, good to know we’ve got a crack team of negotiators on the case. Oh wait.
It should, of course, be Sandy Denny – but in the absence of a suitable video this lovely version by Judy Collins will have to fill those aching, sobering, moments of the New Year. Make all the resolutions you want – time is inexorable and can’t be taken back. Happy 2018 everyone!
A track taken from the duo’s recent album Everybody Knows – which sees them dragging in another contemporary in the form of Bob Dylan to provide words and music. It’s a song Stills has recorded previously, but here it is with both artists.
Few people receive such a dramatic call to say “can’t we just get back together?” – for Judy Collins it was the stunning Suite: Judy Blue Eyes on the debut Crosby Stills and Nash album. Of course this plea from Stephen Stills didn’t work – as Judy Collins explains in an interview in The Guardian … Continue reading “Judy Collins on Stills – and on touring their new album”
Sometimes you can be genuinely surprised by an album for any number of reasons. In this case, it’s the surprise of seeing these two artists recording together in 2018. There’s no obvious reason why they shouldn’t but it’s odd that they never recorded together when they were a couple yet are doing so now, relatively … Continue reading “Stills & Collins “Everybody Knows” (Cleopatra Records, 2018)”
Which is quite lucky for her really – everyone else has probably noticed that 2019 has been one of those years destined to go down in history as interesting – and we all know the value of interesting times. Obviously 2019 will go down as the year of almost continual elections, it’s also the year … Continue reading “A Review of the Year: My friend lives in an Ivory Tower, she’s Protected from Misery.”
It isn’t until Amy Speace delivers the lines “Men and Women on all sides / trying hard to change your mind / there’s no way around the crowd / got to walk right through that line / don’t listen while they shout and pray / ‘cos they don’t know you anyway” that it becomes clear … Continue reading “Amy Speace “Me and the Ghost of Charlemagne” (Proper Records, 2019)”
Tom Paxton was always there, in Greenwich Village alongside Phil Ochs, Dave Van Ronk, John Hurt and Bobby Dylan, later on watching Dylan perform at the Isle of Wight Festival in ’69, alongside John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Paul Simon shared a flat with Tom Paxton when they were both in the UK in the … Continue reading “Tom Paxton’s UK tour begins this week”