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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.

Shirley Collins and the Lodestar Band

Sat 12 November

ART31

ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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