Judy Collins performs at Independence Hall in Philadelphia for “United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream”. At left, Luke Frazier of the American Pops Orchestra. (Courtesy of Industry & Commerce Image Works)

Judy Collins is enjoying her time on the road after being away for almost a year.

“I’ve been back on the road since May,” she said. “I have had a good uplifting time over the past few months.”

In addition to the tours, the legendary singer-songwriter has also participated in a few shows that are going to be broadcast.

At 8:30 pm Sunday, December 26, “Judy Collins – Winter Stories” airs on World, channel 5.4. It will air again at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 28 on New Mexico PBS, channel 5.1.

The special was taped in Norway in February 2020.

Collins says it’s a comfortable collection of seasonal tales and emotionally evocative songs from an unlikely group of artists.

The lineup features a triple threat from iconic folk singer-songwriter Collins, critically acclaimed Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and masterful bluegrass band Chatham County Line.

“It was wonderful to be able to share music with a live audience again,” said Collins.

The other special event Collins has been invited to is “United in Song: Celebrating the American Dream,” which airs at 8:30 pm Friday, December 31 on New Mexico PBS, channel 5.1.

The All-Star concert was held on-site in Philadelphia’s historic Independence Hall.

It is hosted by Chita Rivera with performances by Collins, David Archuleta, Paulo Szot, Midori, Lea Salonga, Pepe Romero, Deborah Cox, Cassadee Pope, Brandee Younger, members of the Washington Ballet, as well as Luke Frazier and the American Pops Orchestra.

“I was invited to play,” Collins said of “United in Song.” “Good things like this happen and if you’re in tow you take the time to do it. It was wonderful to participate because there is so much talent.

Collins sang two songs – “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns”.

“It was before (Stephen) Sondheim died,” she says. “The concert will be a great memory for me and people love the songs.”


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