The Winter Stories album presents the triple treat of iconic folk singer and songwriter Judy Collins, acclaimed Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld, and the masterful Chatham County Line from Raleigh, North Carolina. “I knew Jonas and Chatham County Line would be a great fit with me,” Judy says. “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.” Jonas adds “What bonded us was a shared love of great songs.”

In February 2019, Judy, Jonas, and Chatham County Line headed down to vibey Echo Mountain Studios, a former church, in Ashville, North Carolina. The three knew each other tangentially, but had never officially worked together in this context. Jonas is a beloved Norwegian artist best known internationally for his 1990s trio Danko, Fjeld, Andersen, featuring The Band’s Rick Danko and fellow Judy Collins contemporary Eric Andersen. Since 2005, Jonas has toured and recorded three albums with CCL. In 2014, Judy recorded Jonas’ sublime Angels In The Snow.

The artists had three days of rehearsal and pre-production time, during which they picked the songs. “I’m a winter guy, in my part of the world it’s winter seven months of the year,” Jonas says, laughing. He adds; “Winter is a wonderful time to be close to the ones you love.” From there, Judy, Jonas, and CCL tracked album basics in a few days of fun and freewheeling. Judy recalls; “We would gather around tell stories and exchange histories, that exchange is very much a part of the folk tradition.”

The resulting album Winter Stories is a collection of classics and new tunes, featuring spirited lead vocal turns, breathtaking duets, and Judy’s stunning harmony singing. “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,” Judy adds.

The UK tour will highlight some of the new material from Winter Stories. Jonas Fjeld is the supporting act and will likely join Judy on stage as a special guest at the final.



Date Venue
Sat 11th Grand Central Hall Liverpool
Mon 13th Royal Northern College Of Music Manchester
Tue 14th The Sage Gateshead
Wed 15th Playhouse Nottingham
Sat 18th Town Hall Birmingham
Sun 19th Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
Mon 20th Union Chapel London
Wed 22nd G Live Guildford


Date Venue
Mon 3rd Queen’s Hall Edinburgh

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