Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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


Billy Bragg

Shirley's Shows

America Over The Water
is based on Shirley's book of the same name, recounting her 1959 field trip throught the Southern States with Alan Lomax...more

A Most Sunshiny Day
is Shirley's take on English Traditional Music, with particular emphasis on the music of her native Sussex...more

I'm a Romany Rai
looks at the Gypsy singers and songs of Southern England...more

You Never Heard So Sweet
focuses on the collecting of Bob Copper and Peter Kennedy in the 1950s...more

Songs and Southern Breezes
focuses on the collecting of Bob Copper in Sussex and Hampshire...more


In all five shows Shirley is joined by actor Pip Barnes as co-narrator.

Sound: Vic Smith

Pictures: Tina Smith

Photograph Katie Vandyck


Additionally both Shirley and Pip act as co-narrators in Down the Lawson Track, a show about the Bush poet Henry Lawson, devised by Martyn Wyndham-Read, and performed by him and No Man's Band - Iris Bishop, Gary Holder and John Wigg.