Shirley Collins

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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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Cambridge folk festival review – May-bashing, protest songs and a conga line
Folk-fest veteran Shirley Collins, Fantastic Negrito and a frantic Frank Turner made the weekend’s pallid country-pop acts a distant memory

Colin Irwin

30, Jul, 2017 @1:20 PM

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Alex Rex: 'Authenticity is a red herring. It’s better to try something new.'
With a dark new alter ego, Trembling Bells’ Alex Neilson pushes himself into uncomfortable places for his bold and brilliant debut as a solo artist

Jude Rogers

03, May, 2017 @3:58 PM

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On my radar: Shirley Collins’s cultural highlights
The musician on finding consolation at her local churchyard, the brilliance of Stewart Lee, and why she’s currently drinking Breaky Bottom wine

Kathryn Bromwich

09, Apr, 2017 @9:00 AM

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Shirley Collins review – a five-star foray into the darker depths of folk
In an atmosphere charged with excitement, the secret treasure of English folk music delivered a performance of unwavering and revelatory intimacy

Kate Molleson

05, Feb, 2017 @1:48 PM

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