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Shirley Collins announces first album in 38 years

English folk singer will release Lodestar on Domino this November

The Hastings born folk singer Shirley Collins is set to release a new album this November. The announcement comes two years after David Tibet coaxed her back on stage, and 32 years after the diagnosis of the speech disorder dysphonia put the breaks on her performing.

Lodestar is said to be a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating back to the 16th century and was recorded at her home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe, and produced by Ian Kearey.

You can listen to “Cruel Lincoln” from the release below, a track that Collins describes as “an ancient ballad, found only rarely in England. The theory is that Cruel Lincoln was a mason who was not paid for the work he did for ‘The Lord of the Manor’ and so extracted a terrible revenge.”

In other Shirley Collins news, the long awaited documentary The Ballad Of Shirley Collins is still in production and a follow up to her first memoir America Over the Water (2004) is also said to be in progress.

Lodestar will be released on 4 November on Domino and will include a 24 page booklet featuring notes by Collins and sleevenotes by Stewart Lee. Subscribers to The Wire can read Mike Barnes's feature on Shirley Collins from issue 219 over at Exact Editions.