Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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

Billy Bragg

The Holly Bears The Crown

Recorded in London in 1969, shortly before The Young Tradition broke up. It was not released until 1995.

  • Prologue from ‘Hamlet’
  • The Boar’s Head Carol
  • Is It Far To Bethlehem
  • Lullay My Liking
  • The Cherry Tree Carol
  • Shepherds Arise
  • I Sing Of A Maiden That Is Makeless
  • Interlude from ‘The Great Frost’
  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
  • A Virgin Most Pure
  • The Coventry Carol
  • The Holly Bears The Crown
  • March The Morning Sun
  • Bring Us In Good Ale

Shirley sings on italicized tracks


Peter Bellamy, Dolly Collins, Adam Skeaping, Roderick Skeaping, Heather Wood, Royston Wood