Shirley Elizabeth Collins, 5 July 1935, Hastings, East Sussex, England. Collins was established as a leading English folk singer following her discovery by a BBC researcher. In 1959, she accompanied archivist Alan Lomax on a tour of southern American states before making her recording debut the same year with Sweet England, issued on Topic Records. In 1964 she completed Folk Roots, New Routes with guitarist Davey Graham, an ambitious album that challenged the then-rigid boundaries of British folk music. The Power Of The True Love Knot was a sumptuous evocation of medieval England. This enthralling collection featured her sister Dolly (b. 6 March 1933, Hastings, East Sussex, England) providing sympathetic arrangements and atmospheric flute organ.
The Collins sisters were then signed to the nascent Harvest Records for whom they recorded two excellent albums that maintained the atmosphere of their earlier collection. The songs ranged from Robert...
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