Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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

Billy Bragg

Shirley's Links

Fledg'ling Records Topic Records EMI
David Tibet Free Reed Fellside
David Suff Shapiro Bernstein Brighton Morris
Lewes Bonfire Societies John Kirkpatrick Billy Bragg
The Copper Family fRoots Albion Morris
The Royal Oak at Lewes Harvey's Brewery Martin Wyndham Read
Shooting Star Productions Asian Dub Foundation Pete Cooper
Katie Vandyck Dave Arthur The Amati Collection
Elle Osborne The Brighton Consort Gary Holder
English Folk Dance and Song Society Stewart Lee
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Online


Links to previous items of news:

Mike Norris of ‘The Wireless’ devoted the whole of a two-hour long broadcast to an interview with Shirley, playing many of her songs. It was on Monday 25th February 2013 from 7pm – 9pm on

On Thursday 17th January 2013 at the Royal Oak in Lewes Shirley was presented with the Froots Critics Poll award for Best Compilation Album of 2012 -"I'm a Romany Rai" - and here she is with the ceramic artist who made the award, Marion Brandis. Ben Mandelson made the presentation.

On Saturday 2nd February 2013 Shirley gave a lecture The Outskirts of Culture at the Purcell Room in the QEH on the South Bank, as part of The Rest Is Noise - the rise of nationalism weekend, and was afterwards in conversation with Malcolm Taylor of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Morris dancing courtesy of the Belles of London City. You can listen to the lecture and conversation by clicking here.

Recently come to light - an extract from a BBC film of the Cottesloe 'Lark Rise' production with Shirley and Martin Carthy singing The Bonny Labouring Boy

Jude Rogers’s blog about Shirley’s work:

Shirley narrates the short Nick Abrahams film Sigur Ros - Ekki Mukk, featuring Aiden Gillen.