There are few people you'll ever encounter as interesting as Shirley Collins. The audio recording does not pick up the sound of my jaw dropping at various times throughout this interview. Immerse yourself in Shirley's infectious dedication to folk songs, her tales of WWII and combatting adversity to sing again after over 30 years away from the mike. Enjoy the time spent in her company:
Ailbhe Reddy's songs offer up searing observations on life and love that connect with events we can all relate to. With so much regret in her music it was a surprise how darn cheery she is in person! Honoured and delighted that Ailbhe is this week's guest on Born Optimistic.