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#1 StuartEstell

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Posted 02 July 2015 - 02:45 AM

For those of you who are London-based or curious enough to travel, this might be of interest:

 

http://www.southbank...the-downs-92129

 

The South Bank Centre are staging a few events for Shirley Collins's 80th birthday celebrations, culminating in this concert in the evening of Sunday 5th July.

 

Featuring not one, but two concertina-players! John Kirkpatrick is musical director of the evening and leading the performance of the whole of Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band's album No Roses.

 

In the first half I'll be joining Stewart Lee to perform our version of Polly on the Shore; I'll also be doing a solo turn on Jeffries duet.

 

The concert also features Graham Coxon from Blur, who does a tremendous version of The Cruel Mother.

 

(Edited to say: the capitalisation of topic titles in this software is very, very frustrating!)


Edited by StuartEstell, 02 July 2015 - 02:46 AM.


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Posted 18 July 2015 - 02:52 PM

How did it go Stuart? I would have loved to come over for it, but just couldn't make it. Was there a recording made of the concert?

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 06:00 AM

Hello Adrian - sorry, only just saw this. 

 

It was great fun, thanks - a really lovely, warm audience, and John Kirkpatrick on majestic form. There were video cameras there - I think from Shirley's record label, but I wouldn't swear to it. I know no more than that, I'm afraid.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:53 AM

Hello Adrian - sorry, only just saw this. 

There were video cameras there - I think from Shirley's record label, but I wouldn't swear to it. I know no more than that, I'm afraid.

The cameraman during the afternoon event , Shirley's conversation with Stewart Lee, told me that that video had been commissioned by Shirley's son. He didn't know whether it was ever intended for public release. Whether the situation would have been the same for the evening one, I know not.



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Posted 28 July 2015 - 09:32 AM

I'm pretty sure the guys videoing the evening were from the record label, but I'll ask -- 

 

Irene, wasn't it wonderful hearing Shirley sing? I was lucky enough to be there for the soundcheck too. I must admit I may have had a little something in my eye...



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Posted 29 July 2015 - 10:52 AM

I'm pretty sure the guys videoing the evening were from the record label, but I'll ask -- 
 
Irene, wasn't it wonderful hearing Shirley sing? I was lucky enough to be there for the soundcheck too. I must admit I may have had a little something in my eye...


Wow, how great that she was choosing to sing in public once (?) again - really wished (and had wished in advance) I'd been able to attend...

Edited by blue eyed sailor, 29 July 2015 - 10:57 AM.





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