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Folk legend takes to the road again with songs old and new
The queen of folk music is in no hurry to abdicate just yet as she embarks on a much anticipated UK tour following the release of her latest album. American singer-songwriter Judy Collins has been delighting audiences worldwide since she first emerged during the 1960s, leading to her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, which included her stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' that was subsequently entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy, whose angelic voice sounds as wonderful as ever, will now be appearing at selected venues across the UK at the beginning of the new year, including a performance at the Town Hall in Birmingham on Saturday 18 January. The concerts will include many of Judy's classic songs from over the last few decades but are also expected to feature new material from her most recent release, Winter Stories, which came out last November.

Judy Collins
Folk legend Judy Collins is embarking on a new UK tour

The album, which involved critically acclaimed Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and masterful bluegrass band Chatham County Line, includes a rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'River'. as well as Judy evergreens 'The Blizzard' and 'Mountain Girl'. All in all, Winter Stories is a collection of seasonal and emotionally evocative songs. Judy, whose dreamy version of 'Send in the Clowns' won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards, said of her latest album: "I knew Jonas and Chatham County Line would be a great fit with me. The language of music overarches everything, including geography. When we came together in the studio, we found we could speak to each other in a way that was compatible and nuanced." The artists had three days of rehearsal and preproduction in which they picked the album's core songs from a list of 20 potential seasonally-themed tunes.

Judy Collins
Catch Judy at Birmingham Town Hall on January 18

Added Judy: "We would gather around, tell stories and exchange histories - that exchange is very much a part of the folk tradition." And, regarding the new tunes on Winter Stories, she says: "Learning songs is fundamental to my core being - it's always an adventure to peek behind the curtain to understand what the writer went through. I was very honoured to work with this all-star group - there was definitely a lot of love and admiration between everyone, and we had such a great time together." Judy, who has achieved several top-ten hits as well as gold and platinum-selling albums, can be seen at Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday 18 January from 7.30pm. She is supported by Jonas. Tickets priced from 28 can be obtained by visiting or by calling the box office on 0121 780 3333.

You can watch Judy perform a beautiful rendition of 'Danny Boy' during a recent concert in Ireland by clickinghere.
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Why? Catch the Queen of Folk on her new UK tour
When: January 11 to February 3
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
Cost: Birmingham tickets from 28
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