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:

Read the Guardian's 5 star review of the first performance of Lodestar at Celtic Connections on 4th February

Read the Times's 5 star review too

Shirley has received a nomination for Folk on 2's Folk Singer of the Year, and Lodestar has received a nomination for Folk Album of the Year! If you'd like to read about it, here's the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38910195

Upcoming gigs:

29th April – Arts Centre, Warwick Tickets
Guests: John Kirkpatrick, Lisa Knapp, Boss Morris

6th May - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Tickets on sale 1st Feb
Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Boss Morris

14th May - Brighton Dome Tickets
Guests: Sam Lee, Bing Lyle, Naomi Bedford, John Kirkpatrick, Boss Morris and Brighton Morris


All shows will have visuals from Nick Abrams

At all gigs Shirley is accompanied by The Lodestar Band:

Ian Kearey; Pip Barnes; Dave Arthur; Pete Cooper; Ossian Brown; Alex Neilson, Glen Redman. And at selected gigs: Brighton Morris, Boss Morris.

Latest:

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

@ShirleyCollins Music

Reviews

Praise for Lodestar:

Collins’ reappearance is remarkable in itself; more remarkable still is that she seems to have re-emerged with her powers undimmed.” The Guardian Album of the Week

Lodestar – a record fit to be numbered beside her very best” Uncut 8/10

“The humanity Shirley brings to these songs is extremely moving” The Times 4*

“One of the best albums of her career” Q

Collins’ singing is rich with gravitas and experience” Evening Standard

“Shirley Collins can still inhabit a traditional song and sing it like no other” Mojo 4*

“A late-flowering triumph” The Observer 4*

“What makes Lodestar a genuine progression from what has gone before… is the sinking and deepening of her voice. It is still neutral enough to act as the conduit it has always done, but the milkmaid’s lilt has been transformed into a maven’s burdenWIRE #2 in Albums of Year

“Unconsciously brave, the music exceeds expectation” Record Collector 4* Album of the Month

Lodestar sees Shirley Collins creating a boundary-pushing, exhilarating work by doing nothing other than what she does best: reanimating the folk songs of Britain with all the respect and veneration she feels for them” The Quietus

“That’s album of the year sorted then” fRoots #1 Albums of the Year

“One of the emblematic English voices of the past century” i 4*

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/oct/23/shirley-collins-lodestar-review?CMP=twt_a-music_b-gdnmusic

Interviews

“I’m a conduit… I understand this music better than anybody else”

http://www.uncut.co.uk/news/shirley-collins-im-conduit-understand-music-better-anybody-else-97378

“The Fairy Queen of Eden, quintessential English folk singer, beloved voice, highly respected artist”

http://read.tidal.com/article/unsung-heroes-shirley-collins-the-fairy-queen-of-eden

“I was once a carefree singer, whereas now I have to think about what I’m doing. So there is more intensity”

http://musicfeeds.com.au/features/folk-legend-shirley-collins-on-finding-her-voice/

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You might also want to take a look at:

Shirley Film Page

Shirley Collins Appreciation Society Page

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

 

Two recent pictures of Shirley, courtesy of Ruth Bayer