June 6, 1949
California, United States
Holly Near (born June 6, 1949 in Ukiah, California) is an American singer-songwriter, teacher and social change activist. During her long career in folk and protest music, Holly Near has worked with a wide array of musicians, including Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Meg (Shambhavi) Christian, Cris Williamson, Linda Tillery, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others, as well as the Chilean exile group, Inti-Illimani. Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher and activist.