Folkworks Pass It On: Shirley Collins and friends plus special guests Emily Portman

Sage One

Get free access to a pre-concert talk with Shirley at 5pm and a concert with Phil and Cath Tyler at 6pm

After losing her voice in the late 70s, folk legend Shirley Collins hasn’t performed in 35 years. However this March the revered singer and song collector will take to the Sage One stage as part of Folkworks: Pass It On Festival.

Still relevant today, she counts the likes of Graham Coxon, Billy Bragg, Stewart Lee, Jonny Greenwood and Angel Olsen as huge fans. Don’t miss out on seeing this landmark performance


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Legendary folk singer Shirley Collins created the most unexpected wave of excitement in November by releasing Lodestar, her first album in 38 years on the influential Domino label. Growing up in Hastings, Sussex with her sister Dolly, Shirley was heavily involved in the early folk revival, recording the two seminal albums Sweet England and False True Lovers.

Her long awaited return to recording has produced on Lodestar, a collection of English and American songs dating from the 16th century to the 1950s. For this highly anticipated performance as part of the Folkworks Pass Is On Festival, Shirley will be joined by her own band and the show will also feature special guest sets from among others, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts.

“Shirley Collins is without doubt one of England’s greatest cultural treasures.” Billy Bragg


LISTEN: Shirley talk to BBC Radio 4’s Mastertapes about her landmark album Love Death & the Lady


Ticket holders get FREE access to:

Pre-concert talk with Shirley Collins

Join us for a pre-concert talk in The Barbour Room with Shirley Collins, in conversation about her remarkable career and her experiences collecting, singing and passing on traditional song. Free to ticket holders – subject to availability.

Phil and Cath Tyler

An exclusive short concert from Cath and Phil Tyler as part of the Pass it On Festival. Tickets are free exclusively to Shirley Collins ticket holders (subject to availability). Cath & Phil Tyler play Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle.


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