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The Ballad of Shirley Collins + Q&A

Sat 09 Jun, 7:00pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £8 , approx running time: 94mins

Age: 12A

Director: Rob Curry, Tim Plester

Country: UK

Year: 2017

Cast: Shirley Collins

Featuring Q&A with Directors Tim Plester and Rob Curry

Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs. Alongside her sister Dolly, Shirley stood at the epicentre of the folkmusic revival during the 1960s and 1970s. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement.

Here then is a story about one woman’s battle to rise again from long silent ashes. A story about heritage, posterity and the true ancestral melodies of the people. A story which would seem to be suggesting that, during these turbulent and increasingly untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins now more than ever.

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