Old school folk fans (you know who you are) hold on to your hats—Judy Blue Eyes is coming to Leesburg.
Folk icon Judy Collins is slated to play the Tally Ho Theatre on May 13. Collins, who turned 77 this week, continues to tour internationally, mixing new material with old favorites.
“I like to do a mix of the old and new, the classic Judy Collins and some of the newer things. I will be doing a couple of new songs from my new CD ‘Strangers Again,’ as well as some of the new Sondheim songs from my upcoming PBS special plus of course ‘Both Sides Now’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’ It always is great to hear the new as well as the classic,” Collins, who this week was battling laryngitis, said in an email to Loudoun Now.
Collins is beloved to fans across generations for her version of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” which earned her a Grammy award in 1969. “Both Sides Now,” recorded on her breakthrough album, “Wildflowers,” was followed by several more Grammy-nominated hits, including her 1975 version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in The Clowns.”
Collins also is famous as the subject of the Crosby, Stills and Nash classic “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” written by Stephen Stills, with whom she was romantically involved at the time.
The singer, who got her start on the folk scene in the clubs of New York’s Greenwich Village, said she’s as comfortable in a smaller theater like the Tally Ho as she is on a larger stage.
“I sing all over the world, in many different kinds of venues, from the Carlyle to Carnegie Hall, from big outdoor festivals, like Newport to the Metropolitan Museum in New York and I am comfortable in all of them,” Collins said.
Last fall, Collins released her latest studio album, “Strangers Again” a record of duets with musical icons including Willie Nelson and Jackson Browne along with newer voices like singer-songwriter Ari Hest, who wrote the album’s title song.
Collins’ Sondheim show on PBS is expected to air this year. She’s also working on a new CD with Hest. “Silver Skies Blue,” slated for release in June, is a mix of original songs co-written by Collins and the 36-year-old Hest.
For Collins, the fresh collaborations and an active concert schedule are ways to keep growing as a musician.
“Everyone wants to do what they love, even if it means getting on and off planes a few times a week,” she said. “I love my work and am working on covering a lot of ground because there are many things I want to do.”
Judy Collins plays the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg Friday, May 13, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the fully seated show are $59 in advance, $70 day of show. Limited VIP tickets are available for $125. For tickets and information, go to tallyholeesburg.com.