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Lodestars: Shirley Collins' Favourite Albums
Jude Rogers , July 8th, 2020 08:37

The return of Shirley Collins to song has been one of the most joyous music stories in recent times. Ahead of the release of her new album, the singer sits down with Jude Rogers to discus her 13 favourite records


Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Linda is the most wonderful, unappreciated singer. She should be known by a much, bigger audience. She should have been as big as Dusty Springfield! She doesn’t overdo anything. She sings simply, but decorates a song at just the right point.

She’s also a dear friend, and very funny; she’s been very important to me at different points in my life. Richard is also one of the only original songwriters I can still listen to today, and really appreciate. I saw him in Bath last year and he was absolutely shining. There’s such an iron will about his songs.

‘Withered and Died’ off this album means a lot to me. I played it a lot after Ashley [Hutchings, from Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, her second husband] and I broke up in the late 1970s. That was was a very tough time for me. It said everything I needed to say.