Wednesday, 20 February 2008

FULL SNOW MOON (20 February 2008)

The Musick dedicated to this Esbat is:


Original Issue: 1992 Durtro ( DURTRO 010CD)

Margot-meter: 5 moons / 5

1. All Things Are Quite Silent
2. Cambridgeshire May Carol
3. Polly Vaughan
4. The Cruel Mother
5. Streets of Derry
6. Brigg Fair
7. Higher Germanie
8. George Collins
9. Down In Yon Forest
10. The False True Love
11. The Sweet Primeroses
12. Down By The Seaside
13. Adieu To Old England
14. I Sing Of A Maiden
15. One Night As I Lay On My Bed
16. Lancashire Lass
17. Never Again
18. Lord Allenwater
19. Gilderoy
20. The Moon Shines Bright
21. The False Bride
22. Locks and Bolts
23. Rambleaway
24. A Blacksmith Courted Me

Here you have a true gem, a really magick collection of english folk songs sung by the (unearthly, otherworldly, pure, austere, resonant, dreamy, sincere, ancient, crystalline) voice of Shirley and aptly accompanied by the spectral sounds of her sister Dolly.


from CD Liner Notes:

This CD is a re-issue of most of the music recorded by my sister Dolly and me for Topic Records from 1963 to 1978. Listening again to these tracks confirms my love for English traditional music, which I believe has two important functions: firstly it links us with our past in a way which is both mysterious and powerful, and secondly, it is the voice of countless generations of labouring people whose work was exploited but not acknowledged, whose welfare was neglected, and who were rarely honoured in our history books. I find it remarkable that people who lived such hard lives had the spirit to produce songs of such beauty and subtlety, but it is small wonder that so many of the songs are melancholy.

It seems like a miracle to me that these songs survived at all, having been passed down for centuries by word of mouth alone. i was fortunate enough to be born into a family that in everyday life sang songs which were to me a perfect expression of what I thought and felt. I was privileged, too, to have heard several old traditional singers in the '50's. Listening to them I learned to understand and respect the music, and, like them, to sing with my natural voice.

I would like to thank David Tibet for making the whole venture possible and for his faith in the music.

Shirley Collins

Since I first heard Shirley some seven years ago, I have been captivated by her voice and her approach to the songs she loves. These songs remain everfresh in her, and it is an honour to have been able to release this compilation.
The True Love Knot lives on...

David Tibet


Margot said...
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Margot said...

Anthony (, please check your e-mail address since it is impossible to reply to your letters; i always receive a delivery failure.

James said...

ive always liked folk and the collins sisters are excellent.i didnt have this one,so thanks.

arbor said...

awesome, I love Shirley too

mlzr said...

Shirley is marvelous!
Thanks 8)

Anonymous said...

Don't make it so difficult for people to download. Passwords are very irritating. You make it double irritating by wanting us to mail. We just want to download. If you don't understand that, if you cannot give without wanting people to do something for it, than do not give.

Margot said...

Hey anonymous,
since you're the first one complaining (with this tones) about the password policy, I'll not consider you as statistically significant.

I do not think that sending just one single e-mail is so utterly unacceptable...and consider that I add people to my mailing list and you'll automatically receive the password every time a new post is out.

Hope to have you aboard soon!


Anonymous said...

You're right margot
I Like your blog and this post is wonderfull!

ommyth said...

Splendid... You do Ms. Collins well.

Very best,


Anonymous said...

Thanks again Margot. And don't change a thing, it's a very pleasant way to share music. Steve

peter said...

great album, thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

"We just want to download." by anonymous ... Well, I know you want ... but Margot wants you to do something in return... it's her choice and you comply or do not comply. It's a free world, anonymous : do you want the record so much ? Go & buy it or search for another place to download it.


Margot said...

Thank you, Josef!
Really appreciated, you've hit the point.
We're creating a very interesting community around this blog...I had the opportunity to collect music for ages and now I just want to share some gem with you, folks...that's all!

rick said...

Wow, from Japanese steel balls to the superb Shirley and Dolly Collins. Margot, you amaze me with your selections. Thanks for a great ride on your merry-go-round. My head is still spinning. Great blog...

Margot said...

WOW Rick!
Comments like yours make me want to post 10 album a day :)

But I think that one every 3-4 days will be enough to satisfy the appetite of this community :)


Anonymous said...

thx margot,
i've never really listen to folk music especially like this one before... thank you for introducing me to a whole new music experience!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, I saw it once at OtherMusic but was broke at the time and it's gone out of print - Shirley via David Tibet...what could be better?


cpm said...

This is a terrific album. I'd always procrastinated getting a Shirley Collins album because I had no idea what it would sound like. But I reckon I should trust David Tibet's taste, since he was right about Harry Oldfield some years earlier.

Ljubinko said...

This one is a perfect fit with the recently issued compilation "John Barleycorn Reborn: A Discovery of Folk Music From Dark Britannica"

Anonymous said...

I finally just got the chance to listen to this for the first time. Her voice is pretty out-of-this-world; I can't pinpoint exactlly what it is about this that sets it apart, but I've never heard anything quite like it. Plus, the tunes are well-worn, sturdy.


Sean said...

I too just finally listened to this. It's as great as I expected. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Margot, i have just read that somebody complaign about the fact it's necessary to get a password !!!
I couldn't believe it !!!
I am so happy that people as you just exist , and for what you have done, sharing not only music, but your feeling about it,and not just about the music. That's just GREAT, and you cannot imagine how i am happy to have discovered your blog.
Thanks so much Margot...
Noel from Belgium

Margot said...

Thank you Noel,
you've joined this little community with the perfect attitude. Hugs & Kisses

Anonymous said...

This is a very good compilation of Shirley (and at times, Dolly) Collins' music. However it is incorrect to describe her as "the queen of Celtic folk musick". She did record a few Celtic songs, but the overwhelming majority are of English origin. If you listen to Celtic songs or Celtic singers you will immediately hear the difference.

Thanks for the post. People are hearing the brilliance of Shirley Collins and that always makes me happy.

Margot said...

Yes, you're absolutely right and I make my excuses for the silly mistake (caused by the fact that my Celtic origins are quite loose)

Anonymous said...

where are the links?

I see no links with posts