Shirley Collins’s voice reflects the rich heritage of folk music, spinning stories of ocean voyages, pastoral life and ancient folk tales – traditional songs of rural England.
Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the 1960’s Folk Revival, recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed.
However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014 that Shirley sang in public again, producing an acclaimed album Lodestar, for Domino Records in 2016 and performed live at a handful of festivals and venues. Shirley’s Lodestar Band comprises of Music Director, Ian Kearey (ex Blue Aeroplanes and Oysterband), Pete Cooper and Dave Arthur (Rattle on the Stovepipe), Pip Barnes and of course her star dancer Glen Redmanfrom Brighton Morris Men.