Shirley Collins confirms guests for forthcoming live shows

Shirley Collins confirms guests for forthcoming live shows

At the end of 2016, legendary folk singer and song collector Shirley Collins released Lodestar - her first record in 38 years and one that was swiftly named among her best. To celebrate the release, Collins announced a series of very special live events for 2017 including London’s Barbican, Celtic Connections and Bristol’s Colston Hall. She now adds two new shows at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall and Gateshead's The Sage with more to follow.

Shirley Collins created the unlikeliest release of the century so far and these live events will be no different.  Shirley has gathered friends, collaborator and allies for these momentous shows, The Lodestar Band has been specifically formed for the occasion featuring Ian Kearey, Ossian Brown, Dave Arthur, Alex Neilson and Pip Barnes. They will be joined by the likes of Graham Coxon, Alasdair Roberts, Sam Lee and Lisa Knapp. Additionally, there will be visuals by Nick Abrahams - who directed the 'Death and the Lady' video – at every show and select shows will feature dancing by the all-girl morris troupe Boss Morris and Brighton Morris Men.  See below for the full list of live dates and hand-picked special guests.

Having only sung in public at a handful of guest appearances since 1982, these live dates will make the return of Shirley Collins truly complete, and are not to be missed.  

4th February – Celtic Connections @ Town Hall, Glasgow Tickets

Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Sam Lee, Jayme Stone

11th February – Colston Hall, Bristol Tickets

Guests: Graham Coxon, Sam Lee, Olivia Chaney, Boss Morris

18th February – Barbican, London Tickets

Guests: Graham Coxon, Alasdair Roberts, John Kirkpatrick, Lisa Knapp, Olivia Chaney, Brighton Morris Men, Boss Morris

4th March - The Sage, Gateshead Tickets

Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman (Furrow Collective), Boss Morris

23rd April – Safe As Milk Festival @ Pontins Prestatyn Holiday Park, Wales Tickets

29th April – Arts Centre, Warwick Tickets

Guests: John Kirkpatrick, Lisa Knapp, Boss Morris

6th May - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Tickets on sale 1st Feb

Guests: Alasdair Roberts, Olivia Chaney, Boss Morris

All shows will have visuals from Nick Abrahams

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. It is available on limited edition deluxe vinyl with a 24 page 12” booklet featuring song notes by Shirley Collins and 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.