Judy Collins Concert Appearances - Provided by other fans

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These Concert Setlists have been contributed by other fans. They are in reverse chronological order. I would like to thank the contributors for sharing this information--it is greatly appreciated.

2006-April-12 Aotea Centre, 20:00, Auckland, NZ (Thanks, Mara)

From Both Sides Now
Someday Soon
Cats In The Cradle interpersed by rounds and playful banter about what good singers we were
Gypsy Rover (sing-along)
She talked of her father and roots
My Funny Valentine
Kerry Dancers
Talked about classical training and the conflict with the BlueTail Fly
Who Knows Where The Time Goes
More discussion of folk music
This Land Is Your Land ("that was good impromptu!")
Talked about Lingo The Drifter, lots of laughs
Golden Apples Of the Sun ("I never sing that ever," she told me later)
John Riley
Jetplane/country Roads medley
Since You've Asked ("People tell me they sing it at their weddings-- all of their weddings")
Bird On The Wire
Send In The Clowns


Open The Door
Farewell to Tawarthie ("This song is for Mara, her mother and her father.")
Born to the Breed
Secret Gardens with the letter
promo of Essential JC, Song of Bernadette (part)
Singing Lessons
My Father
Father's song of Colorado as pre-amble to:
The Blizzard
Chelsea Morning


Amazing Grace

For most of the first set except the last few numbers Judy played guitar and Russell Walden backed her at the piano.
She played the piano for much of the second set accept Chelsea Morning.

Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo New York, May 3, 1998 (Thanks, Jeffrey Klein)

I just got home from Buffalo after seeing Judy Collins with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra.  Let me tell you about the concert.     The Symphony played for the first 35-40 minutes including pieces by Bizet, Rimsky-Korsakov, Leonard Bernstein etc.     Judy came on after the intermission..looking radiant with a sequined colorful top and a stunning black dress making her look extremely svelte.   She talked to the audience a great deal...basically giving them a brief tour of her life and career.   (The audience seemed did not seem to know her songs very much...amybe they had a subsciption to the Sumphony performance series).

She started talking about her classical roots and her teacher Antonia Brico--whom she did a documentary on many years ago detailing that she was the first female orchestra conductor in the United States. She stated that  her life changed when she heard Jo Stafford sing folk songs in the early 1950's..something that was fairly unusual for a mainstream singer to record at that time.   She said shee felt that her heart was more in folk traditions than purely classical ones...and changed her musical direction.

She sang "Danny Boy"  a capella, which was spectacular.  She spoke about her Irish tradition, and that she grew up with Irish music like "I'll take you home Kathleen"  aand "Kerry Dancer",  She commented that she was mostly interested in English and Irish folk music until a friend introduced to the songs of Woody Guthrie... and that opened the door for what was the beginning of the 1960's American Folk tradition

She also sang "Somdeay soon" and "Chelsea Morning", and later sang Both sides now.

She also talked about her father's interest in Broadway songs... and did "They can't take that away from me" and some other Gershwin songs from the  QVC Broadway CD.

She did a beautiful version of "Barbara Allen" sounding lush with the orchestral arrangement.

She spoke about missing John Denver and did a medley Country Roads/Leavin" on a jetplane.

She mentioned the QVC project several times, and how happy she was that she was able to finally do the Elektra compilation, "Forever".

One of the highlights was the "Song for Sarajevo"--I dream of peace... it sounded so grand with the orchestra...it is such a lovely and touching song.  Judy talked about her UNICEF work and her trips to Sarajevo and Vietnam.

Another highlight was "Walls"--the song written from a poem by her husband, Louis.  This, too, sounded so beautiful with the orchestra.

Her encore was "Send in the Clowns"... also quite lovely.

In summary, Judy was in wonderful form. Her voice was perfect, and her songs were more varied than I have ever seen in concert ( I have seen her in concert for many years starting with her appearances in Central Park when concert tickets were $2  for orchestra and $1 for the rear )....   The Buffalo newspaper reviewed the Friday performance whereas I saw the Saturday concert.  They loved her voice, her songs, and the concert as a whole.  They did comment that in many ways she sounded the best when she sang a capella.  In essence, the reviewer was right, her voice is lovely and rich and textured, it is treat to hear every nuance of this.   As lovely as the orchestra arranagements were ( I did not like the arrangement for Chelsea Morning), it sometimes overpowered her voice, and sometimes covered rather than enhanced her magical vocal instrument.        Judy performed from about 9 PM until 10:15PM.     She was in fine form and it was so nice to see her live doing sosme of the new QVC material.

Symphony Hall (Boston) Tuesday, March 17, 1998 8:00 PM; Benefit Concert for Handicapped Children (Thanks, Michael Beatty)

I think this is a record. I received this set list a little after midnight Boston time and it was posted by 1 A.M. Boston time.

It was a good concert considering Judy's arm was still in a sling(actually it made me nervous part of the time as she looked a little uncomfortable sometimes). She did not play the guitar---but did play some on the keyboards and did amazingly well at one handed arpeggios on "My Father". The high points of this benefit set were "Farewell to Tarwathie," "Suzanne" (new arrangment), "Barbara Allen" (acapella and absolutely stunning), and "Both Sides Now" (one of the best live versions I've ever heard).

She was backed by Russell Walden (superb as usual) and an electric guitarist.
There were two standing ovations from an enthusiastic audience.

City Hall Auditorium (Portland, Maine) Saturday, November 23, 1991 (Thanks, Phil Saviano)

THE BAND: Joseph Joubert, piano; Zev Katz, bass; Susan Evans, drums

Carnegie Hall (NYC) Friday, December 9, 1983 (Thanks, Phil Saviano)

THE BAND: Shelton Becton, piano; Lou Volpe, guitar; Zev Katz, electric bass; Warren Odze, drums; Ken Bichel, keyboards; Russell Walden, keyboards

Carnegie Hall, (NYC) December 4, 1980 (Thanks, Phil Saviano)

BAND: Ken Bichel, piano; Lou Volpe, lead guitar; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Warren Odze, drums

Carnegie Hall, (NYC) December 23, 1977 (Thanks, Phil Saviano)

The BAND: John Platania, lead guitar; Lou Volpe, lead guitar; Gerry Niewood, reeds; Steve Margoshes, piano; Michael Redding, drums/percussion; Bob Cranshaw, bass

Lenox Arts Festival (Lenox, MA) Saturday, July 28, 1973 (Thanks, Phil Saviano)

THE BAND: Richard Bell, piano; Mark Horowitz, pedal steel; Donnie Brooks, harmonica; Ben Segal, drums; Steve Mandell, lead guitar; Major Holley, bass

Worcester Mem’l. Auditorium (Worcester, MA) November 1972 (Thanks, Phil Saviano)

BAND: Richard Bell, piano; Susan Evans, drums; Jerome Freedman, electric guitar; Gene Taylor, acoustic bass

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