One of the most important voices in British Folk, singer and song collector Shirley Collins MBE was born in Hastings in 1935.
Shirley was fascinated by folk songs growing up and immersed herself in the burgeoning folk scene. Following a field trip across the USA with Alan Lomax, where they recorded folk songs and blues, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival, recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes.
After losing her singing voice in the 1980s, Shirley returned to live performance in 2014. Since then, she has produced two acclaimed albums, Lodestar and Heart’s Ease.