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Holly Near


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Women's music, activist folk/pop

Status:

Most recent release, Peace Becomes You (2012)

See also:

Holly Near's site

Wikipedia's entry for Holly Near

Comparisons:

Meg Christian, Margie Adam

Covers/own material:

Own, cowritten songs, and covers

General comments:

I've always been a fan of Holly Near. She's got a wonderful voice, great politics, and her live shows have been emotional and empowering experiences for me and so many others, men and women alike. (Violaine@juno.com)

One of the most haunting songs I've ever heard was a Holly Near song about the women "disappeared" by the Nicaraguan government, "Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida." Translates, if I remember, as "A Mother is Disappeared." Not that I'm a Holly Near fan. (lissener@wwa.com)

Recommended first album:

One of the collections might be the best place to start for a new listener

Recordings:

  • Hang in There (1973)
  • A Live Album (1974)
  • You Can Know All I Am (1976)
  • Imagine My Surprise! (1978)
  • Fire in the Rain (1981)
  • Speed of Light (1982)
  • Lifeline (1983)
  • Journeys (1983)
  • Watch Out! (1984)
  • Sing to Me the Dream (1984, reissued 2007)
  • Singing with You (1986)
  • Don't Hold Back (1987)
  • Sky Dances (1989)
  • Singer in the Storm (1990)
  • Musical Highlights from the Play "Fire in... (1993)
  • This Train Still Runs (live, 1996)
  • With a Song in My Heart (1997)
  • Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection (2000)
  • Edge (2000)
  • Early Warnings (compilation 2001; re-released with additional tracks, 2012)
  • And Still We Sing: The Outspoken Collection (2002)
  • Early Warnings (2002)
  • Crushed! The Love Song Collection (2002)
  • Lifeline Extended (expanded reissue, 2002)
  • Show Up (2006)
  • We Came to Sing! (2009)
  • Peace Becomes You (2012)

Further info:

Holly Near has also done albums with Ronnie Gilbert and Cris Williamson, as well as one with Arlo, Ronnie Gilbert, and Pete Seeger.

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