Thursday, December 08, 2005

Shirley Collins- Omie Wise

Omie Wise left town.

The excellent You Ain’t No Picasso site reports that Colin Meloy of the Decemberists plans to issue an EP of Shirley Collins covers in January. It sounds plausible to me. Collins, a British folk singer, worked with American folklorist Alan Lomax in the 1950s. Her 1959 release, Sweet England, includes traditional songs like the murder ballad Omie Wise. Let’s hope Meloy brings much-deserved attention to this fine artist, and to the songs she loved.

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