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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful early Shirley., 21 Aug 2003
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This review is from: Sweet England (Audio CD)
An album from the late 50's with Shirley accompanying herself on banjo. Rather low on the usual murder/incest/broken heart type themes with a number of cheerful and children's songs (being older than the album, these latter stirred some vague memories!)
There are a number of vey fine tracks on this CD. I was particularly struck by three songs which were new to me - Turpin Hero, Charlie, and The Tailor and the Mouse. Why more performers haven't taken up Turpin Hero beats me.
Music from the Golden Age (warm beer, England beating Australia, God in His Heaven etc.).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An English folk classic, 11 Jan 2001
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Shirley Collins was one of the greatest singers of the English folk 'revival' (I never really liked that term, because folk music just 'is', it doesn't have to be revived). Anyway, yes, this record, dating from the very end of the 50s, combines influences of traditional English songs and some American ones - simple in structure yet exquisite in delivery.
If you like this and are looking for similar quality, I recommend anything by Shirley (and Dolly) Collins, Anne Briggs, Margaret Barry, or Young Tradition, British folk musicians of the same period. And of course if you want to go a bit more up the commercial path, the Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention.
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Sweet England by Shirley Collins (Audio CD - 1999)
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