Posted by Polly Marshall in Management, Music, Press
The legendary folk singer and one of England’s most respected song collectors has announced her return to recording after 38 years. The new album, Lodestar, will be released on November 4th on Domino, and with it, Shirley has created the unlikeliest release of the century so far.
Lodestar is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey.
The first track to be shared from Lodestar is ‘Cruel Lincoln’. Shirley explains the history of the song:
“This is an ancient ballad, found only rarely in England. The theory is that Cruel Lincoln was a mason who was not paid for the work he did for ‘the Lord of the Manor’ and so extracted a terrible revenge.”
It also features bird song recorded at the back of Shirley’s cottage.
Listen to ‘Cruel Lincoln’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_QMW4mv6As
Lodestar will be available on limited edition deluxe vinyl with a 24 page 12” booklet featuring song notes by Shirley Collins, sleeve notes by Stewart Lee, and a signed print (signed print is available exclusively via Dom Mart), limited edition deluxe CD with 28 page booklet and standard vinyl. For more details visit Dom Mart. http://www.dominorecordco.com/uk/albums/06-09-16/lodestar/
“Shirley is a time traveler, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” Stewart Lee