Sneak peek: Holly Near to play Clearwater Festival

HollyNear.jpgHolly Near will be appearing at this year's Clearwater Festival – The Great Hudson River Revival, June 17 – 19, 2006

Holly Near is an outspoken activist, singer, teacher, and recording artist. She has spent the past 35 years working for progressive political and social change. Over the years, Near's powerful anthems have captured the mood of many movements and now her voice and messages are no less urgent than those of 35 years ago. As one Holly Near fan put it, “She is a delightful combination of Pete Seeger and Judy Garland!”

Her latest recording, Show Up, is a pointed and provocative look at where society sits today, in a new millennium and going into the fourth year of a U.S. led foreign war.  From her poignant treatment of Jackson Browne’s scathing indictment of the big business war machine in “Lives in the Balance” to an ironic rewrite of Laura Love’sI Want You Gone,” no topic is sacred to Holly Near. War, peace, love, family, corporation, government, addiction – they all come under her scrutiny on Show Up. But Holly is not merely an observer. She invites audiences to take a stand – to take the higher road of vision, peace, perspective, and leadership – and to Show Up.

One of the first artists to establish an indy record label, Holly has made over 20 of her own recordings, appeared as a guest on numerous others, and has collaborated with such artists as Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Linda Tillery, and more. Holly is tireless in her work for social justice– she joined Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Sally Fields, Christine Lahti, and noted Mexican performers, in the V-Day march in Juarez, Mexico to protest the uninvestigated killing of hundreds of young women and regularly joins peace rallies in New York and Washington DC. In 2005 she was one of the "1000 Women for Peace" nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  For more information about Holly, please visit

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