Shirley Collins Photograph Katie Vandyck

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


Billy Bragg

Sweet England

Issued on LP record in 1959, re-issued on CD in 1999 by Topic and in a re-mastered version in 2010 by Fledg'ling.

Recorded by Alan Lomax and Peter Kennedy in 1958. Mostly English material, unaccompanied, or with simple banjo/guitar accompaniment by John Hasted, Ralph Rinzler & Guy Carawan.

  • Sweet England
  • Hares On The Mountain
  • Hori-Horo*
  • The Bonny Irish Boy
  • The Tailor and The Mouse
  • The Lady and The Swine
  • Turpin Hero
  • The Cuckoo
  • The Bonny Labouring Boy
  • The Cherry Tree Carol**
  • Sweet William
  • Omie Wise
  • Blackbirds and Thrushes
  • A Keeper Went Hunting
  • Polly Vaughan**
  • Pretty Saro
  • Barbara Allen
  • Charlie

All tracks trad arr Shirley Collins (Cacophony Music) except:

* Sinclair/Robertson (Robertson Publications)
**Tune composed and trad arr Shirley Collins (Cacophony Music )

Additional musicians:

John Hasted, Ralph Rinzler, Guy Carawan