Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

SHIRLEY COLLINS

SHIRLEY COLLINS : The Bonny Cuckoo WING 1003

WING 1003Fledg’ling Records continue their ongoing series of Shirley Collins’ early recordings on 7” vinyl EP with the release of some previously unreleased recordings.

These four spectral, magical performances were recorded by Alan Lomax in London on 20th October 1957. Shirley sings two songs – Bonny Cuckoo and Bonny Labouring Boy – unaccompanied and with her own banjo accompanied.

These very rare recordings have been carefully re-mastered from the only known surviving acetate, packaged in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, and with a beautifully illustrated inner bag showing rare Shirley Collins photographs and ephemera.

Unaccompanied side:
Bonny Cuckoo
Bonny Labouring Boy
b/w Banjo accompanied side:
Bonny Cuckoo
Bonny Labouring Boy

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SHIRLEY COLLINS : Heroes In Love STOP2095

One of a selection of cornerstone Topic recordings being released on vinyl as part of Topic Records’ 75th anniversary, SHIRLEY COLLINS’ Heroes in Love EP will be released in September 2014 in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, just like the original, and a new illustrated inner with period reviews from the Topic archives.

Shirley Collins’ uniquely pure and delicate voice means that she is now regarded as one of the quintessential artists of the 1960s folk revival; this record is a highlight of that period, and this reissue comes at a time when Shirley is revitalizing her musical career with new performances and a film in progress documenting her life in music.

Very rare in its original form, this will be the first time this iconic record has been made available as a vinyl EP since its first release half a century ago. We have endeavoured to faithfully match the original Topic EP sleeve with a beautiful gloss-laminated limited edition flip-back sleeve.

Topic’s first ever record was a shellac 78rpm, TRC.1., ‘The Man That Waters The Workers’ Beer’ b/w ‘The Internationale’; now, 75 years and many technological shifts later, the label’s latest releases are a series of vinyl records celebrating that 75th anniversary and a continuing love affair with a piece of plastic that is still the most exciting format on which to listen to music.

The False Bride / Locks and Bolts b/w Rambleaway / A Blacksmith Courted Me

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SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ English Songs volume 2 WING 1004

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At the beginning of Shirley Collins’ recording career in 1959 she recorded a series of 7” EPs for the Collector Records label. Originally released in short press runs, these rare early recordings have been very hard to find for nearly five decades.

For Record Store Day 2016, Fledg’ling Records released a newly-remastered vinyl version of ENGLISH SONGS volume 2 (the third of her Collector EPs, recorded with Robin Hall on guitar). Just like the original, this comes in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, but with a beautiful new inner bag illustrated with rare photographs.

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SHIRLEY COLLINS : English Songs WING1002

WING 1002 EP Outer Sleeve.inddAt the beginning of Shirley Collins’ recording career in 1959 she recorded a series of 7” vinyl EPs. Originally released in short press runs, these rare early recordings have been very hard to find for nearly five decades. Shirley recorded four EPs for the appropriately named Collector label. Fledg’ling Records are very proud to announce a newly re-mastered edition of ‘English Songs’ – the second of those EPs – will be released on April 18th for Record Store 2015 in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, just like the original, and an illustrated inner bag with period reviews from the archives.

Very rare in its original form, this will be the first time this iconic record has been made available as a vinyl EP since its first release half a century ago.

Shirley Collins vocal and banjo

1 The Unquiet Grave
2 Newcastle
3 The Irish Girl
4 I Drew My Ship

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SHIRLEY COLLINS : The Foggy Dew WING1001

Our colleagues at Fledg’ling Records also have a facsimile archive SHIRLEY COLLINS EP available.

At the beginning of Shirley Collins’ recording career in 1959 she recorded a series of 7” vinyl EPs. Originally released in short press runs, these rare early recordings have been very hard to find for nearly five decades. This newly re-mastered edition of ‘The Foggy Dew’ EP will be released in September 2014 in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, just like the original, and an illustrated inner bag with period reviews from the archives.
Very rare in its original form, this will be the first time this iconic record has been made available as a vinyl EP since its first release half a century ago.

“… picking her way back across almost a century,
finding for herself the
traditional heart of each song…
What comes through is sincerity, purity of

instinct, and a tremendous depth of feeling.” Alan Lomax

SHIRLEY COLLINS : vocal & banjo
with ROBIN HALL : guitar

1  The Berkshire Tragedy
2  The Foggy Dew
3  Geordie
4  Brigg Fair

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TSCD476 SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ THE SWEET PRIMEROSES

TSCD476 webShirley Collins’s sweet, self-effacing singing keeps her closer to the core of traditional song than many a more histrionic singer. Yet her work has been extraordinarily diverse: she has collaborated with the guitarist Davy Graham, the Incredible String Band, the Albion Country Band and her sister Dolly.

The limpid versions of Southern English songs on the 1965 The Sweet Primeroses album established Shirley Collins as a unique and influential voice on the folk scene.

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