The Ballad of Shirley Collins - Film release

Widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, Shirley Collins is someone who was born to invoke the old songs. Alongside her sister Dolly, she stood at the epicentre of the folkmusic revival during the 1960s and ‘70s. But in 1980 she developed a disorder of the vocal chords known as dysphonia, which robbed her of her unique singing voice and forced her into early retirement.

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins - which premiered at this year’s London Film Festival - tells this story, though to reduce it to that single aspect
does everyone (not least of all Shirley!) something of a disservice. The story proves itself to be something of a time-travelling Transatlantic road-movie of sorts, utilising a motherlode of archive audio to recount the tale of her seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around America’s Deep South alongside her then-lover (and legendary ethnomusicologist) Alan Lomax. As well as these songs (notably Alabama Sacred Harp Convention, Texas Gladden and Sidney Hemphill-Carter) there are more recent offerings, a home recording of Shirley's sister Dolly Collins, and a BBC session from 1958, "Eight Five Spiritual" which gets its first release, some 60 years after it was recorded.

Shirley Collins spent her life in song. Even during her time without her performing voice she was telling the stories of others’ music. Not once has she dropped the baton in keeping these songs, these stories, these people alive. The soundtrack to ‘The Ballad Of Shirley Collins’ - though diverse - showcases just a fraction of the facets that make up an extraordinary career by anyone’s standards.


"Music Documentary Of The Year" – Louder Than War

"One of the great voices in British folk music" - The Guardian

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. Granted intimate access to recording sessions for Shirley’s first album of new recordings in almost four decades, and featuring contributions from the comedian Stewart Lee and David Tibet of Current 93, what emerges is a meditative and carefully textured piece of portraiture. A timely delve into the arterial blood, loam and tears of our haunted island nation. The film was released in October and has played more than 50 venues to date. January 9th is the date to look out for, with the film showing at around 30 venues across the country. Between then and January 20th there will be screenings in:
Bath , Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Henley, Liverpool, London, Norwich, Oxford, Southampton, Torrington and York.
Performance dates can be found HERE

News from East Anglian Traditional Music Trust HQ

 

TRADITIONAL MUSIC DAY will be taking place in Bungay, Suffolk on 15th September 2018. We are really excited that the new version of TMD is going ahead with a view to it taking place in a different county each year. There will be plenty of concerts, workshops, sessions and much more to keep you inspired and entertained. We will be taking over the whole Fisher Theatre and St Mary's Church (of Black Shuck fame) with more venues to be announced. Make sure you put the date in your diary now for this very exciting day of music, song and dance.

Our website is currently offline and having a little break over Christmas, (i.e. we have unfortunately been hacked! Don't worry we have a back up!) But.... this gives us the opportunity to complete the brand new website which will be up and running in January, fresh and new for 2018. Please email if you have any general queries before it is up and running This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Folk Choir Workshops starting on February 19th 2018 These sessions will be led by a very inspiring professional singer who specialises in traditional and early songs. The workshops will lead towards a performance at the Traditional Music Day in September, being part of the performance is not compulsory if you would like to take part in the workshops without the pressure of performing. Booking Details will be available in January.

Melodeons & More  There have been several enquiries about the Melodeons & More Day for 2018. A decision was taken by Katie and the Trustees not to book one for 2018 as they had not appointed a new Director. I am sorry if this is disappointing news for some of you, but rest assured there are some really exciting projects in the pipeline.

Sound Survey Collecting Project This is a major new project we are working on, details of which will be announced early 2018, including how to submit your own recordings. We will also be launching our very own EATMT Record Label in 2018.

We are also discussing lots of other interesting things... and always keen to hear ideas from EATMT Friends and subscribers - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Laura Cannell and Alex Bartholomew

Bury Folk Collective

Bury Folk Collective was formed by a group of people with varying tastes running three different evenings each month from unaccompanied traditional to contemporary music. Based at Oakes Barn in Bury St Edmunds, the various evenings are these

  • The first Monday of each month is the Traditional unaccompanied folk singers night running from 8-10:30 in the small room upstairs. This is a free entry sing around for voice only, open to everyone.
  • Running on the 1st Wednesday of each month we have Contemporary nights again in the small room upstairs from 8-10:30. A few artists are booked to ensure that the evening is not just audience and there is an opportunity for members of the audience to step up to entertain everyone. Contact Liz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place.
  • On the 3rd Wednesday of each month Folk from the Traditional take over the upstairs room, again from 8-10:30, for an evening of traditional based music. To pre-book a spot or just to let us know you are coming contact Dave & Linda This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit out website www.buryfolkcollective.co.uk see Facebook page www.facebook.com/buryfolk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you enjoy folk music or don’t know if you like it then please come and have a listen.

We hope to see you at Oakes Barn, St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3PH.

New Acoustic Music Day in Beccles – 28 April 2018


Martello Promotions will be hosting their first Acoustic Music Day at the Canopy Theatre in Hungate Church Beccles on 28 April next year.

The event will be limited to just 160 tickets and as these are likely to sell out quickly, we want to give priority to local residents. For this reason tickets will initially be available only to personal callers at Beccles Books (1 Exchange Square, Beccles) during January 2018. On-line sales will be opened to the wider public from 1st February.

Subscribers to the Martello on-line mailing list (who are all local residents) are being given the opportunity to reserve their tickets now. Anyone who wishes to join the list can do so simply by sending an e-mail to Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They will then be told how tickets can be collected and paid for during January.

Read more: New Acoustic Music Day in Beccles – 28 April 2018

New Roots: An event for young musicians

 


                                                 Press release – New Roots 2018
 
The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.
 

The list of judges for 2018 has now been finalised. Between them, Emily Askew, Jamie Roberts. Andy Stafford and Valmai Goodyst represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 8 2018 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.
 
Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2018. For further and more up to date information on the web site www.new-roots.org.uk This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.
 
Further details:
www.new-roots.org.uk email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or ring 01727 852111.
40 Warwick Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4DL
 

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