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.

1  All Things are Quite Silent
2  Cambridgeshire May Carol
3  Spencer the Rover
4  The Rigs of the Time
5  Polly Vaughan
6  The Cruel Mother
7  The Bird in the Bush
8  The Streets of Derry
9  The False Bride
10  Locks & Bolts
11  Rambleaway
12  A Blacksmith Courted Me
13  Brigg Fair
14  Higher Germanie
15  George Collins
16  The Babes in the Wood
17  Down in Yon Forest
18  The Magpie’s Nest
19  False True Love
20  The Sweet Primeroses

Shirley Collins vocals
Dolly Collins pipe-organ
The Young Tradition chorus

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