Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player Judy Insley has a voice that is comfortable, instinctive, and uniquely emotive; her skillful guitar and mandolin playing provide a strong foundation for heartfelt lyrics and flowing melodies.  Her easy style and connection to the world around her touches audiences during live performances.  


"Judy brings a delightful generosity of spirit to every performance.  Her songs are anchored in a secure musicianship that infuses her warm and engaging singing voice with an emotional clarity that makes her a joy to behold whether as a solo act or in collaboration with other musicians." - Michelle Wilbert, Music Programmer and Host of Inner Ring House Concerts and the Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom Music Series

“She is not only a great folk singer she is a sweet-spirited woman with lots of amazing energy and insight.” – Stacy Jo Schiller, Farmfest Host/Organizer

"Judy Insley wins over audiences wherever she performs and she will win you over with her excellent songs, strong guitar and mandolin chops and rich voice."
 - Annie Capps, Songwriter/Performer and former Folk Alliance Region Midwest President


Side Player/Ensemble Player

Judy finds herself increasingly in demand as an accompanist, adding mandolin ornamentation, acoustic guitar support, or a tight vocal harmony to the music of others.   She can also be found performing in various musical ensembles, where she enjoys the fun and camaraderie of shared musical experiences.


"Judy has this gift of being able to paint musical notes with her mandolin, blending textures and colors that bring out the best in any song." - Idell Smith, "Tangled Sisters"

"It was a real pleasure to have Judy perform with us as an honorary Waynewood Boy! She enthusiastically stepped in to contribute some very catchy and clever mandolin parts and sang a sweet backup harmony. On very short notice Judy fit in as if she were a longtime member of our band." - Hugh Fader, "The Waynewood Boys"

"Judy came to rehearsal fully charted and practiced and executed her parts in the show with confidence and feeling.  If you've ever hired side players, you know how rare that is.  She's a total pro and a complete pleasure to work with." - Bill Edwards, Songwriter, Regaltone Records