Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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

Billy Bragg

Shirley's Forthcoming Events

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

£15/£12 concs in advance
£18/£15 on the door

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.