Folk singer Judy Collins has announced two Irish dates this June in Dublin and Belfast.

Collins, who has sang with Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Randy Newman, plays Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on June 17th and Dublin’s Pavilion Theatre on June 18th.

The veteran American singer, now 75 made her public debut aged 13 performing Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger that sparked Judy’s love of lyrics and inspired her to move away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar.

In 1961, she released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22 and began a thirty-five year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists such as Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton.

She has also written several books, including the memoir Sanity & Grace, focusing on the death of her only son and the healing process following the tragedy.

In 1999, Collins founded her own record label, Wildflower Records and in 2010 she released Paradise, a collection of 10 songs that including duets with Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.

Tickets for her Irishd dates are £20.00stg for Waterfront Hall and €18 / €16 for The Pavillion Theatre.