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Shirley Collins

An Introduction To

    During the 1960s and ‘70s Shirley Collins was regarded by many as the first lady of folk music, the subsequent decades have only served to enhance that reputati on. Between 1955 and 1978 she recorded for the Folkways, Argo, Harvest and Topic labels. After the release of ‘For As Many As Will’ in 1978 she withdrew from performing and the music world aft er developing dysphonia. Shirley recently returned to recording after a very long hiatus and is still widely acknowledged as one of the finest singers and ambassadors to have emerged during the Folksong Revival of the 1960s.

    Few singers of the English folk revival have attempted as much on record as Collins – an extraordinary combination of fragility and power. “I like music to be fairly straightforward, simply embellished – the performance without histrionics allowing you to think about the song rather than telling you what to think.” Through an impressive series of experimental recordings Shirley established an extraordinarily sympathetic marriage of traditi onal songs handed down through generati ons of rural labouring people with ground breaking contemporary arrangements – recordings that have scarcely been equalled in subsequent decades. This collection draws together some of her most iconic recordings and will serve as an Introducti on to her very special catalogue of music.

    “Shirley Collins is without doubt one of England’s greatest cultural treasures.” Billy Bragg

    Eliza Carthy

    Anglicana

    The daughter of guitarist / vocalist Martin Carthy and vocalist Norma Waterson, Eliza Carthy has continued in her parents' footsteps and has become one of the leading lights of the new generation to carry on the folk tradition. She has almost assumed the mantle of Sandy Denny on her brilliant new album "Anglicana", her work again showcasing her ability to breathe new life into England's folk music. Eliza Carthy is one of the few people who can take this wonderful music and perform it in a totally convincing contemporary style - both true to its sources and firmly relevant to today's values. This is what traditional music in the twenty-first century is all about. A true triumph.

    Christine Collister

    Into The Light

    Christine Collister's "Into The Light" is her second solo album for Topic and finds her in great voice. More acoustic than her previous release, it's the closest album yet to capturing the live quality and personality of this outstanding singer. It's another mix of her own self-penned compositions and carefully chosen cover versions all of which highlight her resonant, warm vocal style.

    Various Artists

    Shining Bright -The Songs Of Lal And Mike Waterson

    In 1972 Mike and Lal Waterson released a magical album of their original songs, "Bright Phoebus" on Bill Leader's Trailer label. This collection of very English songwriting has long been acknowledged as a classic and one of the finest achievements of the British folk revival. "Shining Bright" was conceived to pay tribute To Mike and Lal's remarkable songs, and it draws upon the songs recorded for "Bright Phoebus", and on a further dozen songs written at the same time but not previously recorded. 15 new recordings by some of the folk world's finest performers, Norma Waterson, Dayteller, Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Eliza Carthy, Blue Murder, Dick Gaughan, Linda & Teddy Thompson, Helen Watson, Billy Bragg and The Blokes, Martin Carthy, Christy Moore, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Christine Collister and Oliver Knight.


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