Bart Davenport, Miranda Lee Richards, Christof Certik

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Zebulon
2478 Fletcher Dr.
Los Angeles, CA  90039
323-662-0966
Culture more often flourishes due to certain individuals who — like a river running beneath fertile earth — make all good things grow above ground because of their unheralded presence. Shirley Collins — the English singer whose travels throughout America in the ’50s with McCarthy-hounded ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax led to everything from preserving our folk music heritage to inspiring avant experimentalists Current 93 — is one such figure. Her place in the canon, where she remains a lustrously illustrious presence, can finally be more fully appreciated with tonight’s Los Angeles premiere of the documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins. Complemented by live music by Christof Certik, Bart Davenport and Miranda Lee Richards, the film is as much a history lesson as it is the story of Collins’ constitutionally heroic attempt to regain her singing voice — at the tender age of 80.
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