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CROWLINK | Shirley Collins

Saturday 18 Jul 5:00PM
AT Charleston
Tickets: £25.00

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“Never are voices so beautiful as when dusk almost hides the body” Virginia Woolf

Legendary folk singer Shirley Collins makes a pilgrimage to the heart of the Sussex landscape that fuels her work, in a unique collaboration with artist and writer Brian Catling and acclaimed sound artist Matthew Shaw.

CROWLINK is an immersive sound installation in the Walled Garden at Charleston, with traditional song and original poetry interwoven with field recordings. The evening culminates in the Hay Barn with performance from Catling and an intimate concert from Shirley Collins and the Lodestar Band.

Gallery, gardens & soundscape open from 6pm for 7.30pm start

In partnership with Melting Vinyl.

Please refer to the Facebook event for up to date information.

This event replaces the 2 May date, which has been postponed due to Coronavirus/Covid 19. Any tickets bought for 2 May remain valid for the 18 July, all other event details remain the same. We look forward to seeing you in the Summer at Charleston with the beautiful backdrop of the Downs.

We are hoping to run a shuttle bus service for this event.
 The bus service is run by volunteers, many of whom are retired and are, at present, having to isolate. The shuttle bus will be confirmed nearer the time, please check Facebook pages for updates.
 Potential bus service:
Ticket price: 5 return, cash only.
Times of departure (estimated):

Lewes station to Charleston:
17.20 18.00 18.40

Charleston to Lewes station:
22.00 22.20 22.40

Note: Trains to Brighton leave regularly until 23.43 (Sat) 23.23 (Sun)
Leaving from the lower Charleston Car Park (allow 5-10 minutes to walk there from the Hay Barn)



About the artists:


Shirley Collins

‘Shirley Collins is without doubt one of England’s greatest cultural treasures’ Billy Bragg

‘Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble’ Stewart Lee

‘Fifty years since she last performed live at The Roundhouse alongside her late sister Dolly, Folk’s grande dame Shirley Collins makes a triumphant return, evidentially having lost nothing in the art of stark storytelling over the preceding years.’ Folk Radio January 2019

A performance of unwavering and revelatory intimacy: Guardian *****

Brian Catling

“Brian Catling is simply a genius. His writing is so extraordinary it hurts, it makes me realize how little imagination I have.” —Terry Gilliam

“I am glad to have the book as a companion on my own dark quest.” —Tom Waits

“There are not many books that rearrange the molecules of your being, turning your eyes inside out. The Vorrh, this saturnine post-traumatic testament, is one of them. A work of genius.” —Iain Sinclair

Matthew Shaw

‘A beautifully understated, fragile affair. Bewitching and addictive.’ The Times

‘Shaw conjures the ghostly afterimage of ritual songforms and reassembles them as lucid, revenant forms animating particular landscapes’ David Keenan

‘His multi-levelled music is immersive and captures the ‘genius loci’ or spirit of place with awe-inspiring sensitivity.’ Gary Cook, The Ecologist

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