Shirley Collins

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Shirley Collins: Archangel Hill review – brio and unforced gravitas
The veteran folk singer’s renaissance continues with this gem of weathered vocals and exquisite accompaniments

Neil Spencer

20, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Shirley Collins: ‘Is folk music a potent political tool? I would say: my arse’
The 87-year-old singer answers your questions, from unearthing music in 1950s America to losing her voice for 38 years – and what she really thought of Pete Seeger and Ewan MacColl

As told to Dave Simpson

18, May, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Post your questions for Shirley Collins
Ahead of new album Archangel Hill, the 87-year-old British folk singer will answer your questions about her astonishing career

Safi Bugel

03, May, 2023 @6:04 AM

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‘Haunting and poignant’: long-lost mass by Shirley Collins’ sister Dolly finally makes its debut
A school-gate chat led to the rediscovery of the late composer Dolly Collins’ Missa Humana, as her folk star sister, the writer Maureen Duffy and medieval academic Lawrence Warner explain

Jude Rogers

22, Feb, 2023 @9:05 AM

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America Over the Water by Shirley Collins review – a vivid tale of ballads, gunfire and rattlesnakes
In this welcome reissue of her 2004 memoir, the celebrated folk singer recounts her song-hunting 1959 journey through the American south with the folklorist Alan Lomax

Neil Spencer

31, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The 10 best folk albums of 2020
Folk artists this year drew inspiration from China, south Asia and the wildness of the sea on the way to making stirring and vital music

Jude Rogers

22, Dec, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Shirley Collins: Heart's Ease review – unerring brilliance
The veteran singer’s comeback really takes wing with this impeccably judged set

Neil Spencer

25, Jul, 2020 @3:00 PM

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'Our collective imagination could die away': Stewart Lee and Shirley Collins in conversation
The comedian and first lady of folk discuss life in lockdown and the future of the arts

18, Jul, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Tracks of the week reviewed: Evil, Shirley Collins, Sufjan Stevens
This week we’ve got ethereal banjo-twanging, a British folk blast from the past, and a gracefully subdued protest anthem

Leonie Cooper

17, Jul, 2020 @10:00 AM

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Shirley Collins: Heart's Ease review | Jude Rogers's folk album of the month
The folk veteran’s past, present and future come together on this full-hearted record

Jude Rogers

17, Jul, 2020 @8:00 AM

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All in the Downs by Shirley Collins review – the English Folk Revivalist’s revival
A memoir from the singer who lost her voice that celebrates her roots and is unsparing about the London scene’s leading lights

Laura Snapes

18, Apr, 2018 @8:59 AM

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The Ballad of Shirley Collins review – brilliant story of lost folk singer
After she lost her voice on stage in the 70s, Collins dropped off the folk map – but here she comes clean about her grief, her recovery and her music

Cath Clarke

12, Oct, 2017 @5:00 AM

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