Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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


Billy Bragg

Welcome to the authorised Shirley Collins website

Here you'll find:

Here is an album of pictures from Rook Lane in Frome, where America Over the Water was staged on 12th July, preceded by a performance of Polly Marshall's Little Gypsy Girl. Pictures courtesy of Ciara Nolan.

Coming soon - an album of pictures taken by Ruth Bayer at the celebrations for Shirley's 80th birthday at the South Bank on 5th July. Events included: Shirley in conversation with Stewart Lee, and singing with Ian Kearey; dancing by Brighton Morris and the Belles of London City;
a performance of Little Gypsy Girl;an evening concert of Shirley-inspired music by Trembling Bells and a host of leading artists, directed by John Kirkpatrick, and including a recreation of No Roses.

The best way to keep up with what's happening day by day is to visit Shirley's Facebook pages:

Shirley's Page

Shirley Film Page

Shirley Collins Appreciation Society Page

Look out especially for clips from Shirley's two appearances on stage at Cecil Sharp House, in Ten Thousand Times Adieu, the celebration of Bob Copper's Centenary, and in Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders.

And if you’re that way inclined, Shirley is now tweeting @shirleyeCollins


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell to Jean Richie - singing with Shirley and Alan Lomax

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Three recent pictures of Shirley - and David Tibet - courtesy of Ruth Bayer

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The team behind Way of the Morris are currently raising funds to make a film about Shirley's life and work. You can contribute or find out more at:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shirleycollins/the-ballad-of-shirley-collins

Thanks to all the 718 people who pledged on Kickstarter for The Ballad of Shirley Collins, the film that Rob Curry and Tim Plester are now making.

Nick Abrahams who made the award-winning short film Ekki Mukk, featuring the music of Sigur Ros, in which Shirley voiced the part of a lonely snail, alongside Irish actor Aiden Gillan, has now issued an equally enchanting Vinyl EP ‘Lions and Tigers and Bears’. Once again voicing a snail, Shirley reads a prose poem written by Nick.  It’s probably the most beautiful sleeve you will see this year.

Meanwhile, Topic have re-issued ‘Heroes in Love’ on vinyl, an EP first released in 1963, and Shirley’s first recording for Topic Records. It has the original cover, but a new, charming inner sleeve. The songs are ‘The False Bride’, ‘Locks and Bolts’, ‘Rambleaway’ and ‘A Blacksmith Courted Me’.

While Fledg’ling Records have re-issued an even earlier EP ‘The Foggy Dew’ recorded in 1959. The songs are ‘The Berkshire Tragedy’, ‘The Foggy Dew’, ‘Geordie’ and ‘Brigg Fair’. This, too, has the original cover, and a new inner sleeve.