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The Ballad of Shirley Collins

The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the folk music revival during the 1960s and 1970s. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement until 2016 when she returned with the astounding Lodestar – her first album in thirty eight years. Incorporating Intimate access to the recording sessions along with tremendous archival audio from Shirley’s seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around America with Alan Lomax, this is a deeply lyrical response to the life-and-times of a totemic musical figure. The documentary will be preceded by performances from contemporary folk icons - and Shirley Collins’ collaborators - Trembling Bells with support from Joynes & Hladowski. The performances will run from 2pm to approx. 3.15pm, followed by an interval, then the film from approx.3.35pm to 5.10pm.

 


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£13 / £11 / FREE with LIFF 2017 Pass

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