|Thurs 2nd November||7.45pm A/D|
Dir: Rob Curry, Tim Plester | UK | 2017 | 94 mins
Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important English folk singer, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the traditional music revival of the ‘60s and ‘70s; but in 1980, a vocal chord disorder forced her into early retirement. Rob Curry and Tim Plester’s lyrical, inspiring and richly textured documentary – the follow-up to their award-winning Way of the Morris – explores the story behind the icon and chronicles Shirley’s gallant battle, aged 80, to rediscover that voice she lost so many years previously; counterpointing this contemporary journey with audio archive of her fascinating ‘50s trip around the American South with song collector Alan Lomax
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