The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Melting Vinyl presents

Sat 11 Nov

Special Preview Film (90 minutes) and Q&A

One of the 20th century’s most important singers, Shirley Collins stood at the epi-centre of the folk music scene during the 1960s and ‘70s. However, she lost her voice in mysterious circumstances and retired from musical life in the late 70s.

This documentary explores the story behind the icon, and chronicles Shirley’s battle, at the grand old age of 80, to rediscover that voice she lost so many years previously. Here is a film about loss and redemption. A film about sacrifice, healing and rebirth. A film which suggests that, during these turbulent, untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins now more than ever.

Followed by Q&A with film Director Rob Curry and Producer Paul Williams.

“What makes Lodestar a genuine progression from what has gone before is the sinking and deepening of her voice. It is still neutral enough to act as the conduit it always has done, but the milkmaid’s lilt has been transformed into a maven’s burden."
The Wire

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