Legendary 1960s singer/songwriter Judy Collins will be appearing April 27 and 28 at New Hope Winery.
Nicknamed “Judy Blue Eyes” by one-time boyfriend Stephen Stills, Collins is known for her musical work in folk, rock, pop, and with show tunes. She began her impressive music career at 13 as a piano prodigy dazzling audiences performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos,” but the hard luck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. Starting with covers of folk giants Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs and Bob Dylan, her first album, “A Maid of Constant Sorrow” was released in 1961.
It was Collin’s 1967 cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” that brought her international acclaim, a Billboard Top Ten hit, and a Grammy Award.
But Collins enjoyed the biggest smash hit of her career with her cover of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” from her 1975 hit album “Judith.” The single spent 27 weeks on the Billboard charts and earned Collins another Grammy Award nomination.
Collins was also drawn to political activism, sympathizing with the Yippie movement and its leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin. In April 1996, she married designer and fellow activist Louis Nelson, whom she had been seeing since 1979.
Judy Collins, now 77, has remains active on the creative scene, recording, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent.
Shows are scheduled for Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Tickets are $65 and available online. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the shows begin at 8 p.m.
New Hope Winery is located at 6123 Lower York Road in Solebury; (215) 794-2331.