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The team behind Way of the Morris are currently raising funds to make a film about Shirley's life and work. You can contribute or find out more at:
Thanks to all the 718 people who pledged on Kickstarter for The Ballad of Shirley Collins, the film that Rob Curry and Tim Plester are making. They will now be able to start filming. We exceeded our target of £25,000 – reaching a total of £31,095!
Nick Abrahams who made the award-winning short film Ekki Mukk, featuring the music of Sigur Ros, in which Shirley voiced the part of a lonely snail, alongside Irish actor Aiden Gillan, has now issued an equally enchanting Vinyl EP ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears’. Once again voicing a snail, Shirley reads a prose poem written by Nick. It’s probably the most beautiful sleeve you will see this year.
Meanwhile, Topic have re-issued ‘Heroes in Love’ on vinyl, an EP first released in 1963, and Shirley’s first recording for Topic Records. It has the original cover, but a new, charming inner sleeve. The songs are ‘The False Bride’, ‘Locks and Bolts’, ‘Rambleaway’ and ‘A Blacksmith Courted Me’.
While Fledg’ling Records have re-issued an even earlier EP ‘The Foggy Dew’ recorded in 1959. The songs are ‘The Berkshire Tragedy’, ‘The Foggy Dew’, ‘Geordie’ and ‘Brigg Fair’. This, too, has the original cover, and a new inner sleeve.
On Saturday 8th Feb, Shirley performed for the first time in 32 years, accompanied by Ian Kearey, and opening for Current 93, to a sold out and delighted Union Chapel.
Shirley sang All The Pretty Little Horses, accompanied by Ian playing Shirley’s own banjo-dulcimer made for her by John Bailey in 1967.
Her second song of the evening was Death And The Lady, accompanied by Ian playing bottleneck slide guitar.
Her voice sounded fantastic after all these years. It was a giant breakthrough on the dysphonia which has plagued Shirley for decades.
Shirley said: “I loved singing again. It was great working with Ian Kearey. We’re talking to David Tibet about recording.”
Jude Rogers’s blog about Shirley’s work:
And if you’re that way inclined, Shirley is now tweeting @shirleyeCollins
Shirley narrates the short Nick Abrahams film Sigur Ros - Ekki Mukk, featuring Aiden Gillen.