Shirley Collins

The rise, fall and return of Shirley Collins, heroine of English folk music

In the beery, beardy world of folk music, Collins – a young, working class woman – had few people on her side. Billy Bragg writes brilliantly in the New Statesman about Shirley Collins and her amazing All in the Downs memoir.

In these pages Shirley Collins completes her comeback, reclaiming her rightful place in the English folk revival from those who placed obstacles in her way.
— Billy Bragg

All in the Downs by Shirley Collins review – the English Folk Revivalist’s revival

Our friend Laura Snapes as written beautifully in the Guardian about All in the Downs, reflections on Life, Landscape and Song by Shirley Collins.

Read that in full here.

All in the Downs is published by Strange Attractor and available now from all good book shops (including Totnes Bookshop)

A memoir from the singer who lost her voice that celebrates her roots and is unsparing about the London scene’s leading lights
— The Guardian

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins Soundtrack

Our good friends at Earth Recordings today release the soundtrack to the amazing documentary film, The Ballad Of Shirley Collins. Buy a copy over at Drift on pink vinyl

Luke Turner has written beautifully about it on the Quietus and you can enjoy that in full here.

Music taken from the recent documentary about Shirley Collins’ return to music is more than a mere soundtrack LP.
— Luke Turner