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The Ballad Of Shirley Collins  (CD/DVD)


The Ballad Of Shirley Collins (CD/DVD)

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// “Music Documentary Of The Year” – Louder Than War // “One of the great voices inBritish folk music” – The Guardian //


Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, ShirleyCollins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs. Alongside her sister Dolly, she stood at the epicenter of the folk music revivalduring the 1960s and ‘70s. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of herunique singing voice and forced her into early retirement. The Ballad Of Shirley Collins – which premiered at last year’s London FilmFestival – tells this story, though to reduce it to that single aspect does everyone (not least of all Shirley!) something of a disservice. Thestory proves itself to be something of a time-travelling Transatlantic road-movie of sorts, utilising a motherlode of archive audio torecount the tale of her seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around America’s Deep South alongside her then-lover (and legendaryethnomusicologist) Alan Lomax. As well as these songs (notably Alabama Sacred Harp Convention, Texas Gladden and SidneyHemphill-Carter) there are more recent offerings, a home recording of Shirley’s sister Dolly Collins, and a BBC session from 1958,“Eight Five Spiritual” which gets its first release, some 60 years after it was recorded. Shirley Collins spent her life in song. Even duringher time without her performing voice she was telling the stories of others’ music. Not once has she dropped the baton in keeping thesesongs, these stories, these people alive. The soundtrack to ‘The Ballad Of Shirley Collins’ – though diverse – showcases just a fractionof the facets that make up an extraordinary career by anyone’s standards. Deliberately eschewing a straightforward biopic approach,Rob Curry and Tim Plester’s follow-up to their award-winning documentary WAY OF THE MORRIS, is a lyrical response to the life-andtimesof this totemic musical figure. Granted intimate access to recording sessions for Shirley’s first album of new recordings in almostfour decades, and featuring contributions from the comedian Stewart Lee and David Tibet of Current 93, what emerges is a meditativeand carefully textured piece of portraiture. A timely delve into the arterial blood, loam and tears of our haunted island nation. The filmwas released in October and has played more than 50 venues to date.

Tracks: 01 "All I Ever Wanted" 02 Shirley Collins - Calvary Hill 03 Ishman Williams & The Williams Singers – Got On My Travelling Shoes 04“Do You Want Me To Start, Alan" 05 Texas Gladden - I Never Will Marry 06 Sid Hemphill and Lucius Smith - Come on Boys, Let's go tothe Ball 07 Horton Barker - A Rich Irish Lady 08 Ian Kearey – The Poor Drowned Sailor 09 Sidney Hemphill Carter - Pharoah 10 “I UsedTo Could Sing" 11 Outtake (London 1959) 12 "Theres Never Been A Merry England" 13 Andy Hemsley and Hastings Jack in the Green- Seeds of Love 14 N.J Brothers & The United Sacred Harp Musical Association - Calvary 15 Lucius Smith - Make Lulu Behave Herself16 Ruby Vass - Single Girl, Married Girl 17 “I Can’t Really Forget Them" 18 George Stoneman - Sally Anne 19 Michael J York & OssianBrown - The Cloud House / Cyclobe - Son Of Sons of Light / George Collins – Dolly 20 Dolly Collins - Missa Humana (excerpt) 21Shirley Collins - Wondrous Love