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Ahead of playing Boiler Shop on Sunday 11th November, we got to know folk musician Shirley Collins a little better…

So tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m an English singer of English folk songs;  in 1959 a collector of folk songs and blues with folklorist Alan Lomax in the Deep South of America – greatest discovery, Mississippi Fred McDowell; author of two books America Over the Water (2004) and All in the Downs (2018) and umpteen albums – latest Lodestar in 2017. I love Morris dancing (when it’s good!) and the English countryside.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
A 78 of Kentucky singer Jean Ritchie in 1957.

Your guilty pleasure musically?
King of Wishful Thinking – Go West (Really guilty!)

Your favourite film?
The Philadelphia Story (anything with Cary Grant).

What’s your guilty pleasure film?
Up.

What TV series could you recommend to binge watch?
The Detectorists.

Favourite Book?
All of Kate Atkinson’s – especially the Jackson Brodie ones.

Who Makes you laugh most?
Stewart Lee.

What makes you sad?
Brexit.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
Rid the oceans of plastic.

And finally, you’re playing a board game with any three people you like, who are the people and what’s the board game?
Scrabble with Shakespeare, Samuel Pepys and Jane Austen

Shirley Collins plays Boiler Shop, Newcastle on Sunday 11th November.

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