Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

"Shirley Collins is without doubt one of
England's greatest cultural treasures"

Billy Bragg

Welcome to the authorised Shirley Collins website

Here you'll find:


For the first time in its 107 years' existence, the Hastings Music Festival introduced English folk music into the competition. On 12th March Shirley adjudicated five classes in the Sussex Hall at the White Rock Theatre.

It was the first time Shirley has been back there since she sang in the Hastings High School for Girls choir in 1950, singing Henry Purcell's 'Nymphs and Shepherds'!

On 31st January Shirley was Michael Berkely's guest on Radio 3's Private Passions. Have a look at - and a listen to - her choice of music.

The best way to keep up with what's happening day by day is to visit Shirley's Facebook pages:

Shirley's Page

Shirley Film Page

Shirley Collins Appreciation Society Page

And if you’re that way inclined, Shirley is now tweeting @shirleyeCollins


Two recent pictures of Shirley, courtesy of Ruth Bayer