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CROWLINK | Shirley Collins

Saturday 31 Jul 6:00PM
AT Charleston
Tickets: £25.00

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photo c. Enda Bowe

Saturday 31 July 2021



“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 previous dates, which had been postponed due to Coronavirus/Covid 19. Any tickets bought for 2 May/18 July remain valid for the 31 July 2021, all other event details remain the same. 


We are hoping to run a shuttle bus service for this event.This will be confirmed nearer the time, please check Facebook pages for updates.

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)

Latest news:

On the 24th July 2020, Shirley Collins will release Heart’s Ease, her second album for Domino.  Heart’s Ease follows 2016’s Lodestar; which on its arrival, seemed like a musical miracle – an enthralling new LP from a woman who is widely acknowledged as England’s greatest female folk singer, but who had not recorded an album for 38 years.

The first song to be shared from Heart’s Ease is “Wondrous Love”; its tune comes from an 18th Century English ballad about the infamous sea captain William Kidd, who was hanged for piracy in 1701.

Watch the video for “Wondrous Love” here

Stream “Wondrous Love” here

‘An album of true stature and one that’s destined to remain in your affections.’ David Kidman, Folk Radio



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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