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Directed by Rob Curry, Tim Plester

United Kingdom 2017 94 mins. In English

Shirley Collins, one of UK folk’s most storied voices, is a legend in her own time, but her career could have been so different had she not completely lost her voice in the late 1970s. Prior to that, Collins thrilled audiences with albums like Anthems in Eden (with her banjo-playing sister Dolly) and Folk Roots, New Routes, among many others. She was also a key figure in the new folk scene of the 1960s, even assisting Folkways recording engineer Alan Lomax on his return to the US South in 1959-60. In the mid 2010s, Collins felt the pull of music-making again, and began work on her first new material in nearly 40 years—which would end up as her critically-lauded 2016 comeback album Lodestar. Curry and Plester’s loving portrait of Collins takes stock of her career and family life while sensitively attending to her newest work, providing an endearing, heartrending entry into Collins’ musical world.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 36