Thank you Florida Theatre (Jacksonville) and VetTix for an original Folkie Evening

We ‘hiked’ up from our winter home in New Smyrna Beach to the Historic Florida Theater in Jacksonville for a special time with one of the people who got us all through, what she described as ‘the folk scare’ of the 60s and 70s.
A community trust was formed to restore and run this ornate theater.
And then she just walked out on the stage and started to sing an old Joni Mitchell song. At 83 she could still sing. A few of the higher register notes were not as strong as they used to be, but you certainly could tell – ‘hey, that’s Judy Collins!’
Sixty four years ago a 23 year old kid did her first paid gig at Michael’s Pub in Boulder Colorado. Tonight she weaved stories in and out of familiar tunes from albums so many of us bought at the local record store.

Judith Marjorie Collins is a classically trained pianist. After her debut as a pianist at the age of 13 then her graduation from East High School in Denver, she was fascinated by what she tongue in cheek calls ‘the folk scare’. Friendships with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan among others led to her first album, “A Maid of Constant Sorrow” in 1961. Thirty six studio albums followed. Now, in 2023 her new Album, ‘Spellbound”, her first album of all original songs is nominated for a Grammy.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: