The Ballad of Shirley Collins
Nov 2
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The Ballad of Shirley Collins

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The Ballad of Shirley Collins Rob Curry & Tim Plester, UK, 2017, 94 min Special post-screening live performance by Rosali Shirley  Collins  is  widely  regarded  as  the  20th  century’s  most  important  singer  of  English  traditional  song.  Alongside  her  sister  Dolly,  she  stood  at  the  epicenter  of  the  folk music revival  during  the  1960s  and  ‘70s.  However,  in  1980,  Shirley  developed  a  disorder  of  the  vocal  chords  known  as  dysphonia,  which  robbed  her  of  her  unique  singing  voice  and  forced  her  into  early  retirement.  Deliberately  eschewing  a  straightforward  biopic  approach,  Rob  Curry  and  Tim  Plester's  follow-up  to  their  award-winning  documentary  Way of the Morris  is  a  lyrical  response  to  the  life and times  of  this  totemic  musical  figure.