Judy Collins Live in Ireland
By Irish America Staff
April / May 2014
Judy Collins and some of Ireland’s best loved musicians took over Dromoland Castle last September to film a concert that will be broadcast on PBS this coming spring: Judy Collins Live in Ireland.
One of the most influential folk singers of the sixties who has continued to inspire audiences with sublime vocals, Judy has long had an association with Ireland and was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in New Ross, Wexford last June.
She explained her reasons for wanting to do a show in Ireland, saying, “I have lived with Irish songs all my life, and it was important to me to bring them back to Ireland, where they all started. My father was half Irish and always sang the old songs, and as a tribute to my family roots and the roots of my own career. The songs that got me started in my career of singing folk music were Irish – ‘Barbara Allen’ and ‘Gypsy Rover’ – had their roots in the Irish tradition, so it seemed the right thing to do!”
Collins also talked to Irish America about a new “Irish” song that she wrote called ‘Moon Over the Hudson,’ which she sang at Irish America’s Business 100 Awards luncheon in December. “It came to me just before I left to do my Irish show at Dromoland Castle — I had only recently learned that two of my great-great-grandfathers had fought and died in the Union Army in the Civil War, and one of my relatives played the pipes for the Colonial Army in the Revolutionary War – one night I looked out my window and saw a new moon over the Hudson, and the thought that my ancestors had come over to the States in ships made of tears as well as dreams, struck me as proper for a song, as well as a tribute to the Irish diaspora in America and other points around the globe.”
Judy Collins Live in Ireland follows on the success of the 2013 PBS special – Judy Collins Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2013 New York Festival International Television & Film Awards.
Live in Ireland showcases such Judy Collins classics as ‘Chelsea Morning,’ ‘Cat’s in the Cradle,’ and ‘Bird on a Wire,’as well as many of her favorite Irish tunes, including, ‘She Moved Through the Fair’ (featuring the amazing Mary Black), ‘Wild Mountain Thyme,’ and of course, ‘Danny Boy.’
Judy Collins Live in Ireland, which will air on PBS throughout March, is an experience not to be missed. Check out your local PBS stations for times and listings. The Top Underwriter for Judy Collins Live in Ireland is Quinnipiac University.
For more information visit www.JudyCollins.com