All in the Downs
Sunday 5th July 2015
An 80th birthday celebration for Shirley on London's South Bank. Details of the evening performance can already be found here, but details of the afternoon are yet to be finalised. Watch this space and the South Bank's website.
America Over the Water
Sunday 12th July 2015
Rook Lane, Frome
1959. Folk legend Shirley Collins and song-hunter Alan Lomax tour America's Deep South in a Buick, taping the music of country folk, churches, chain gangs and voodoo, discovering the great bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell on their way. Their field recordings feature in the George Clooney film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Shirley's memoir America Over The Water cuts her Southern journey with touching tales of growing up in wartime Hastings. Readings and more by Shirley, with actor Pip Barnes, and pictures and recordings from the trip.
'Shirley Collins, one of England's greatest cultural treasures' Billy Bragg
With Shirley's daughter Polly Marshall's play The Gypsy Girl at 7pm
Celebrating Shirley's 80th birthday at Cecil Sharp House
Saturday 31st October 2015
Still in the planning stage. Details will appear here as soon as known.