Ballad of Shirley Collins Poster Landscape

The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Mon 6 - Tue 7 Nov 2017


Rob Curry and Tim Plester's documentary is a lyrical response to the life-and-work of folkmusic icon Shirley Collins.

Tickets: £7 / £6 Conc / £5 Students


Regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the folk music scene in the 60s/70s. However, in 1980 she lost her voice in mysterious circumstances and was forced to retire.

This documentary explores the story behind the icon, and chronicles Shirley’s battle, at the grand old age of 80, to rediscover the voice she lost. It offsets this contemporary journey with a more literal one taken from the other end of her life, and includes authentic 1959 audio-archive to recount the tale of Shirley’s seminal road-trip around America’s Deep South.


Directed By
Rob Curry & Tim Plester
Year Made
UK 2017