First-ever Californian screening of a new UK film focusing on the life and times of English folk singer Shirley Collins + special live music performances by Bart Davenport, Miranda Lee Richards & Christof Certik

First-ever Californian screening of a new UK film focusing on the life and times of English folk singer Shirley Collins + special live music performances by Bart Davenport, Miranda Lee Richards & Christof Certik

Sun · November 18, 2018

2:00 pm

$0.00

The Ballad Of Shirley Collins (2017), dir. Rob Curry & Tim Plester
The Ballad Of Shirley Collins (2017), dir. Rob Curry & Tim Plester
Directors: Rob Curry & Tim Plester
Featuring: Shirley Collins, Sam Amidon Stewart Lee & David Tibet / UK 2017 / 94 mins

First-ever American screening of a new UK film focusing on the life and times of English folk singer Shirley Collins. Director Rob Curry will be in attendance for a Q&A with music historian Pat Thomas. Special live music performances by Bart Davenport, Miranda Lee Richards & Christof Certik as well.

Shirley Collins and her sister Dolly on portative organ invented a whole new sound during the 1960s. This film focuses on a seminal 1959 song-collecting trip around the Southern United States by pre-eminent ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and Shirley. They had met in the UK, where Lomax had been avoiding Joseph McCarthy witch-hunts, and became lovers. They returned to an America on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement, and embarked on a road-trip collecting a vital body of music providing a peerless document of the era. Shirley went on to become the most significant English traditional singer of her age, before losing her voice in mysterious circumstances in the 1980s. The film juxtaposes this road-trip from the start of her career with her brave attempt (at the age of 80) to rediscover her voice and place in the pantheon of musical greats. Shirley’s influence on Sandy Denny, Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Linda Thompson, etc cannot be underestimated.
Bart Davenport
Bart Davenport
US singer-songwriter, who was the frontman of The Loved Ones (7) and The Kinetics (2) before he started a solo career in 2002.
Miranda Lee Richards
Miranda Lee Richards
MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS returns with new album EXISTENTIAL BEAST on Invisible Hands Music. This beautifully constructed new release is characteristic of the effortless, 70’s-influenced, country-tinged psychedelia evident throughout the Los Angeles native’s previous work. EXISTENTIAL BEAST was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rick Parker, best known for his work with BRMC.

EXISTENTIAL BEAST is a political album, examining the issues of our time, but with the intent of tackling these tough and often taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has in turn arisen.

MIRANDA says of EXISTENTIAL BEAST, “In essence, we are all still working within those animal urges of fear, competition, survival and sexuality which are deep-seated and manifesting in varying ways and degrees for different individuals, depending on where they are at. But like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational time and there is much work to be done.”

Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. After graduating from San Francisco School Of The Arts, she began to pursue a musical career. She met Kirk Hammett from Metallica who taught her to play Mazzy Star songs on guitar. Her early demos reached Anton Newcombe and she joined his band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre. MIRANDA then signed to Virgin Records and released her debut album "The Herethereafter," a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop, and found fans worldwide. The critically acclaimed follow-up album "Light Of X"–the title of which comes from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time–followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records. In 2016, MIRANDA unveiled "Echoes Of The Dreamtime" on Invisible Hands Music, which received rave reviews across in the U.K. and U.S., as well as national airplay with Mojo giving the album 4 stars and hailing the first single, “The sublime ‘First Light Of Winter’ is the moment it all comes together, Richards transcending her influences and, no longer constrained, arriving at psychedelia’s higher plane” (1/2016). EXISTENTIAL BEAST is yet another confident and inspiring piece of work from MIRANDA, sure to excite her ever growing fan base.
Venue Information:
Zebulon
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039
http://zebulon.la/