Sep 11, 2020
On today's episode I talk to musician Shirley Collins MBE (Yes,
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire!). Shirley
is an English folk singer, song collector and perhaps the greatest
living embodiment of the musical threads that connect England with
its history. In 1959, she assisted Alan Lomax on his famous folk
song collecting trip in the Southern US, and as a significant
presence during the Second English Folk Revival in the 1960s,
Shirley formed a duo with her sister Dolly, who accompanied
Shirley's raw and direct voice on piano and portative organ;
together they recorded the startling Anthems In Eden and Love,
Death & The Lady. After almost four decades of silence though,
Shirley started recording and releasing material again, starting
with 2016's Lodestar and her latest Heart's Ease, which was just
released on Domino in July!
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