20 gennaio 2018

Giornata speciale quella di oggi per Shirley Collins, ospite pomeriggio e sera della British Library a Londra per la presentazione del suo nuovo libro autobiografico All in the Downs e un concerto, il primo, con il gruppo di musicisti con cui l'anno scorso è stato realizzato l'album Lodestar. In programma c'è anche la proiezione del documentario The Ballad of Shirley Collins, presto disponibile per la generalità del pubblico anche in dvd e cd audio.

One of the key voices of British folk music discusses and performs her music, and reads from her new autobiography All in the Downs.
Widely regarded as the 20th century's most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the folk music scene during the 1960s and 70s, building on her remarkable  travels with folklorist Alan Lomax, recording local singers around the US Deep South states of Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. Unable to perform for four decades, she finally released a triumphant new album, Lodestar, last year.
This will be the first time Shirley has performed live with the band who recorded the album with her: Ian Kearey (music director, guitar) from Blue Aeroplanes and The Oyster Band, Dave Arthur (guitar, banjo, mandolin) and Pete Cooper (fiddles), both of folk group Rattle on the Stovepipe, Pip Barnes (guitar) and Glen Redman (dancer).
Shirley will be in conversation with Luke Turner, writer and co-founder and editor of award-winning online arts magazine The Quietus, followed by a live set.