Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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

Billy Bragg

The Etchingham Steam Band

The all-acoustic ESB was formed during the power cuts and short working week of the mid 1970s - and all at Martin Carthy's suggestion. Some of their first folk club gigs were played by candlelight! The repertoire was largely drawn from the traditional music of Sussex, and this CD is composed of live recordings.

  • The Hard Times Of Old England
  • Leapfrog/Young Collins/Shooting
  • The New Rigged Ship/Atholl Highlanders
  • Gaol Song
  • Horn Fair
  • Some Tyrant Has Stolen My True Love Away
  • Come All You Little Streamers
  • Sheep-Shearing/Buttered Peas
  • The Sussex Carol
  • Adderbury Wassail Song
  • Grandmother’s Dance/Grandfather’s Dance
  • Bonny Kate
  • The Little Gypsy Girl
  • Black Joker

Shirley sings on italicized tracks


Vic Gammon, Ian Holder, Ashley Hutchings, Terry Potter, Mel Dean, Will Duke