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Shirley Collins

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Shirley Collins (1991)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, 17 May 1991

Brit-folk doyenne Shirley Collins revisists her 1971 No Roses album track by track and discusses how the songs were chosen – and the move away from folk tradition. Collins also talks about 10,000 Maniacs' cover of 'Just as the Tide was a-Flowing'; working with Maddy Prior and Fairport Convention; the Albion Country Band... and about the state of folk today.

File format: mp3; file size: 55.1mb, interview length: 57' 22" sound quality: *****

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Newport Festival: Teenage Takeover In Millionaires' Playground

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 31 July 1966

Once again rebellious young rock 'n' rollers have turned exclusive Newport into a riot city of jazz and festival From LILLIAN ROXON, who visited Newport, U.S., ...

Shirley Collins: Shirley is a bit of a Good Fairy

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 25 May 1968

THE YOUNG man fitted together what looked like a short walking stick with holes and showed it to folksinger Shirley Collins. "That's what we call ...

Shirley Collins: No Roses

Review by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, 21 August 1971

The First Lady Goes Electric ...

Shirley Collins: The Power Of The True Love Knot (Hannibal)

Review by Byron Coley, Forced Exposure, 1990

…PAP-TUPPIN' REISSUE of a truly snazzy UK-folk nugget from '67. ...

Shirley Collins (1991) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 17 May 1991

This is a transcript of John's audio interview with Shirley. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Shirley Collins: The Power Of The True Love Knot (Fledg'ling)

Review by Mike Barnes, The Wire, January 2001

THE POWER OF THE TRUE LOVE KNOT is a marvellous collection and a landmark release in English folk. ...

Shirley Collins: False True Lovers (Fledg’ling)

Review by Ken Hunt, The Wire, August 2001

FALSE TRUE LOVERS captures a vital contributor to the English folksong revival at a key stage in her development. ...

Spirit Of Eden: Shirley Collins

Retrospective and Interview by Mike Barnes, The Wire, May 2002

"The main body of [folk music] is just based on myth and the Bible and plague and famine and all kinds of things like that ...

Shirley Collins

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Young, Uncut, April 2008

A fearless explorer, a radical traditionalist, and one of England's greatest folk singers — but why hasn't she performed for 30 years? ...

Shirley Collins/Alasdair Roberts/Trembling Bells: Cecil Sharp House, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, The Guardian, 1 November 2010

IT'S HALLOWEEN weekend in Camden, north London, and ghosts are rising at Cecil Sharp House. ...

Shirley Collins: Five of her best songs

Guide by Jude Rogers, The Guardian, 11 February 2014

One of England's greatest folk singers has performed live for the first time in over three decades. To mark her return, here are some of ...

Shirley Collins: "When I sing I feel past generations standing behind me"

Retrospective and Interview by Jude Rogers, The Observer, 31 May 2015

LEWES, EAST SUSSEX, is a lovely, slyly rebellious town. Pretty shopfronts and streets mask its political history: Thomas Paine wrote his first pamphlet here demanding ...

Shirley Collins: With a guitar and a lipstick

Review by Jude Rogers, The Sunday Times, 6 November 2016

The radical folk pioneer has cut a bold new album – her first for 38 years. ...

Shirley Collins: "There was no way I could ever sing to be popular"

Interview by Kieron Tyler, The Arts Desk, 25 January 2019

Ahead of next week's Roundhouse concert, the voice of traditional English music reveals some unexpected musical likes and much more. ...

see also Shirley & Dolly Collins


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