The Ballad Of Shirley Collins
this soundtrack to the great English folk singer’s biopic – though diverse – showcases just a fraction of the facets that make up an extraordinary career by anyone’s standards.
The story proves itself to be something of a time-travelling, Transatlantic road-movie of sorts, utilising a motherlode of archive audio to recount the tale of her seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around America’s Deep South. As well as these songs, there are more recent offerings; a home recording of Shirley’s sister Dolly Collins, & a BBC session from 1958, “Eight Five Spiritual”, which gets its first release, some 60 years after it was recorded. Granted intimate access to recording sessions for Shirley’s first album of new recordings in almost four decades, what emerges is a meditative & carefully textured piece of portraiture. “One of the great voices in British folk music” – The Guardian.
- "All I Ever Wanted"
- Shirley Collins - Calvary Hill
- Ishman Williams & The Williams Singers – Got On My Travelling Shoes
- “Do You Want Me To Start, Alan"
- Texas Gladden - I Never Will Marry
- Sid Hemphill and Lucius Smith - Come on Boys, Let's go to the Ball
- Horton Barker - A Rich Irish Lady
- Ian Kearey – The Poor Drowned Sailor
- Sidney Hemphill Carter - Pharoah
- “I Used To Could Sing"
- Outtake (London 1959)
- "Theres Never Been A Merry England"
- Andy Hemsley and Hastings Jack in the Green - Seeds of Love
- N.J Brothers & The United Sacred Harp Musical Association - Calvary
- Lucius Smith - Make Lulu Behave Herself
- Ruby Vass - Single Girl, Married Girl
- “I Can’t Really Forget Them"
- George Stoneman - Sally Anne
- Michael J York & Ossian Brown - The Cloud House / Cyclobe - Son Of Sons of Light / George Collins – Dolly
- Dolly Collins - Missa Humana (excerpt)
- Shirley Collins - Wondrous Love