SHIRLEY COLLINS : ALL IN THE DOWNS
Reflections on Life, Landscape, and Song
Shirley Collins is a legendary singer, folklorist, and music historian. In her new memoir ‘All in the Downs’ she tells the story of her lifelong relationship with English folk song and the dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life. Shirley is the president of the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. Her critically lauded album Lodestar, released in 2016, marked a triumphant return to performance after a thirty-year absence.
Sussex born Shirley grew up near Hastings with her sister Dolly in a family rooted in traditional music. Songs learnt from their grandfather and from their mother’s sister, Grace Winborn, were to be important in the sisters’ repertoire throughout their career.
She was awarded a Gold Badge by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 2004 and the MBE for services to music in the 2007.
In 2008 she was she was elected as president of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and received the “Good Tradition” award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Shirley Collins is currently patron of the South East Folk Arts Network and Folk South West.
A film about her life, The Ballad of Shirley Collins, was released in October 2017.
‘One of England’s greatest cultural treasures’ Billy Bragg
7.00p.m. TUESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2018
ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
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