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Holly Near


Holly Near's music chronicles the times - great love songs of the '30s, civil rights songs of the '50s, feminist classics of the '70s, bold realities of the '90s. A folk singer by content, a cabaret singer by style, a humorist by contrast, a healer by spirit, and a humanitarian by nature. A Holly Near concert is a musical delight. Holly Near is one of the finest political singers of our time. Her powerful voice, charming sense of humor, and extraordinary skill as an entertainer provide a comfortable and challenging home for ideas and activism. Whether on stage at Carnegie Hall or on a flatbed truck at a rally, Holly is singing for our lives. In the late sixties, Near worked in Hollywood and New York as an actor in film, television and on Broadway. The early 70's called her into the political movements that were sweeping the country and the world. She began to write songs reflecting the events and emotions that were erupting daily in the news. She traveled around the Americas, Asia, the Pacific, and to Europe representing peace and feminist ideas, from concert halls in formal presentation to the backs of trucks with a megaphone in the rain. She has done a superb job of re-issuing older, out of print material into powerful historical collections as well as continuing to write and perform new songs. On stage, she calls on both old favorites and new works. Her solo performance and her collaborations keep revealing the stature of this artist. Holly Near in concert is not a show. It is an event