Archangel Hill (LP)
One of the most important voices in British folk music Shirley Collins returns with Archangel Hill, her third album for Domino. Due for release on May 26, it showcases another peerless collection of songs chosen by Collins, some from traditional sources but others from favourite writers of hers.
All of the songs on Archangel Hill were recorded last year except for “Hand And Heart,” which was taken from a live performance at the Sydney Opera House in 1980 and features an arrangement by Shirley’s beloved and talented sister Dolly Collins as well as the words of author F.C. Ball, aka Great Uncle Fred.
The record has been produced by Ian Kearey - Shirley Collins’ musical director and the arrangements were shared between Collins, Kearey, Barnes, as well as Dave Arthur and Pete Cooper, players from The Lodestar Band. Archangel Hill is twilight teaching, an end of time reminder from Shirley about being a good ancestor and paying your respects to the generations before. Shirley has done a lifetime of this work and with this record asks of us to do the same.
1. Fare Thee Well, My Dearest Dear 2. Lost in a Wood 3. The Captain with the Whiskers 4. June Apple 5. The Golden Glove 6. High and Away 7. Oakham Poachers 8. Hares on the Mountain 9. Hand and Heart 10. The Bonny Labouring Boy 11. Swaggering Boney 12. How Far is it to Bethlehem 13. Archangel Hill