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I have attended Judy Collins Concerts since 1968, but I took a 16-year hiatus after leaving New York. I saw her in December 1980 at Carnegie Hall and then not again until October 18, 1996 at Beckman Auditorium at Caltech in Pasadena, California. She was even better than I remembered from 1968-1980! She was so good, in fact, that this search for her albums and discography was rekindled by the 1996 concert. Up until 1980, I had all of her albums but along with not going to concerts, I had also not kept acquiring all the albums, either. I now have in my collection all the albums (with a few noted exceptions) in the Discography section of these web pages. I was again hooked on Judy! My wife and I jumped at the opportunity to hear Judy again and again! Below is a list of Judy's concerts that I have attended with setlists where I kept them. This list, of course, does not begin to touch the true magnitude of Judy's concert-giving. She has had many years, as I understand it, with 60 concerts and one article indicates twice that number!


Cal State University, Northridge, Performing Arts Center, March 22, 2003, 8:00 PM
The Magical Judy Collins Back to Ireland concert

In the first set, Judy takes you on a musical journey through her life and the influences of her father's chosen nationality, Irish. Apologies for any errors, these items were graffitied into a Palm Vx during the show and cleaned up later.

Russel Walden continues to support Judy, and George Williamson continues as sound and tour director.

First set Second Set


We attended an early-December 1998 Holiday concert at Claremont, CA, and I attended the last one at the Alex theater in Glendale on December 21, 1998. We also attended a concert at the University of Redlands, CA in 1998 or 1999. We saw Judy for a second time at the Irvine Barclay Theater on April 8, 2000.


Irvine Barclay Theatre at University of California, Irvine, December 7, 1997, 7:00 PM
The Judy Collins Holiday Concert
With Special Guests: Mitch Hanlon Singers

The Choir Opened with several selections, including:

Judy then joined the choir who then disappeared after a few songs

Again, scribbling notes in the dark may have caused some errors or omissions. I did not find it odd that perhaps "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" happened twice in the concert, but my notes seem to indicate that. Judy's support team remained the same as the Haugh concert listed below. This was a spectacular and fun concert. If you have a chance to go to a Judy Collins Holiday Concert DO IT!


Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College, Glendora, California, October 25, 1997, 8:00 PM

Russell Walden was wonderful again. Judy played the guitar, piano and synthesizers. George Williamson continues as Judy's personal audio expert and Andrea was Judy's personal assistant. Again, I hope I got the set list correct.

This was a very emotional concert as "Dark Eyes" was indirectly dedicated to Princess Diana and John Denver had just been killed in an airplane crash. Although Judy is always good, she was in superb form that night!


Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, California, Saturday, September 20, 1997, 8:00 PM

Russell Walden was a wonderful one-man orchestra supporting Judy. Judy played the guitar, piano and synthesizers. George Williamson continues as Judy's personal audio expert and Andrea was Judy's personal assistant. Again, I hope I got the set list correct. I thought she had done "Song for Sarajevo" as well, but my notes are not clear on that. She certainly discussed her experiences there.


Charles E. Probst Center for the Performing Arts, Thousand Oaks, California, April 18, 1997, 8:00 PM

I hope that I got these correct. I don't see "My Father" in my notes, but I thought she sung it...perhaps that was the previous Pasadena concert. I know she sang it then as my Dad at age 81 had just had a heart valve replacement and it was difficult to deal with.

Russell Walden was a wonderful one-man orchestra supporting Judy. Judy played the piano for much of the second set. George Williamson continues as Judy's personal audio expert and Andrea was Judy's personal assistant. Louis was in attendance at the concert.


Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, October 18, 1996, 8:00 PM


Carnegie Hall, New York City, December, 1980

Okay, I did not keep a set list, but Phil Saviano did. Please see this page.


Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 15, 1974, 8:00 PM


Carnegie Hall, New York City, December 19 or 20, 1970, 8:00 PM


Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, December 12, 1969, 8:30 PM

With Gene Taylor, Bass and Band Leader; Susan Evans, Drums; and Richard Bell, Piano


Philharmonic [now Avery Fisher] Hall, New York City, May 11, 1969, 3:00 PM

With Gene Taylor, Bass and Band Leader; Susan Evans, Drums; and Michael Sahl, Piano


Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, New York, circa Summer 1968


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