Heart's Ease follows 2017's Lodestar, Shirley Collins' first record in 38 years, and one that brought Shirley's widely missed voice back to fans. On Heart's Ease, Shirley delivers a record even stronger than Lodestar having completely regained her confidence, and singing so well that you can't believe she was away for so long.
As Shirley put it, "Lodestar wasn't too bad, was it? But when I listen to it, it does sometimes sound rather tentative. I had to record it at home because I was just too nervous to sing in front of somebody I didn't know. This time I was far more relaxed - even though I went into a studio."
Recorded at Metway in Brighton, Heart's Ease is as compelling and original as Shirley's great albums from the Sixties and Seventies. There are traditional songs, of course, from England and the USA, but there are also more new songs than in the past (four non-traditional tracks) and there's even a burst of experimentation that hints at possible new directions to come.
Shirley Elizabeth Collins MBE is an English folk singer, song collector and perhaps the greatest living embodiment of the musical threads that connect the country with its history. As a significant presence during the Second English Folk Revival, Shirley formed a duo with her sister Dolly, who accompanied Shirley's raw and direct voice on piano and portative organ; together they recorded the startling Anthems In Eden and Love, Death & The Lady. Following a period of silence spanning three decades during which she barely sang, Shirley released Lodestar, her first new material since 1978.
Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble
The English folk maven sounds spry as ever, leading a light-footed exploration of traditional forms that also tips toward classic psychedelia.
- Vinyl LP
- The Merry Golden Tree
- Rolling In The Dew
- The Christmas Song
- Locked In Ice
- Wondrous Love
- Barbara Allen
- Sweet Greens And Blues
- Tell Me True
- Whitsun Dance
- Orange In Bloom