Judy Collins is an American singer-songwriter.
Born and raised in Seattle, Collins began her musical career as a student of classical piano (at which she proved to be somewhat of a young prodigy), before she discovered folk music and took up the guitar. In the early 60s she made the move to New York City, and became emersed in the folk scene of Greenwich Village. She was soon signed to Elektra Records, and her debut album came out in 1961. A Maid Of Constant Sorrow is typical of early 60s folk, and owes alot to the pristine female folk-singer sound that Joan Baez had perfected a few years earlier. The traditional songs include "Wild Mountain Thyme", "John Riley", and a gender variant of "Man Of Constant Sorrow". It's not all performed solo, as there is sparse acoustic backing throughout from Bill Lee on bass, Erik Darling on banjo and Walter Raim on second guitar.