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On June 20th Shirley gave the keynote speech at the launch of THE FULL ENGLISH at Cecil Sharp House, HQ of The English Folk Dance & Song Society. For more details of this, the world’s largest and most comprehensive digital archive of English folk songs, tunes, dances and customs - accessible free to all on-line - go to EFDSS The Full English.
On 13th July Shirley participated in The Full English Archive Presentation at the Theatre Auditorium in the British Library Conference Centre, along with Steve Roud, folklorist and indexer; Dr Janet Topp Fargion, Lead Curator of World & Traditional Music at the British Library; and Malcolm Taylor, Library Director at The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.
A new free music newspaper was published in Lewes in July to coincide with the Music Festival July 19/20th, featuring Mumford & Sons. Shirley wrote a piece for the paper THE NEW LEWES MUSIC EXPRESS, entitled A SENSE OF PLACE – A SONG-SCAPE OF SUSSEX.
In the recent book THE SOUTHERN JOURNEY OF ALAN LOMAX, Words, Photographs and Music, published by The Library of Congress in association with W.W. Norton & Co, there are several photographs taken by Shirley on the 1959 field recording trip in the Southern States of the USA, along with some quotes from her own account in her book America Over the Water.
Shirley was interviewed for BLUES AMERICA, a 2-part documentary which is being shown on BBC4 at 9pm on Friday 29th November, and Friday 6th December.