All in the Downs
Sunday 5th July 2015
3.00pm in the Purcell Room
"Folk legend Shirley Collins joins Stewart Lee in conversation on her 80th birthday.
Regarded as a significant contributor to the English Folk Revival of the 1960s and 1970s, Collins discusses her life and music, alongside footage from the Alan Lomax archive."
7.30pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hall
"Southbank Centre celebrates Associate Artist Shirley Collins' 80th birthday. Compered by Stewart Lee, musicians Sam Lee, Olivia Chaney, Lisa Knapp, Alasdair Roberts and Trembling Bells perform songs inspired or composed by Collins alongside a seven-piece band led by John Kirkpatrick.
The evening also sees our all-star band perform Collins' 1971 album No Roses in full."
And Brighton Morris and The Belles of London City will be dancing too!
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.