The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Film-makers Rob Curry and Tim Plester (the team behind the acclaimed 'Way of the Morris') have launched a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new film about the iconic English folk singer Shirley Collins; and one of the rewards on offer for those who pledge money towards the film is a tribute album featuring a Slate Islands track. We are thrilled and honoured to be part of this project (and to be in such excellent company; the album also features tracks by Will Oldham, Graham Coxon, Alasdair Roberts, Sharron Kraus and others). 

The Slate Islands contribution is a solo effort by Polly, who chose a song called 'Proud Maisrie' and laid down the main vocal a cappella, then layered in some harmonies plus the sounds of birds, bees, winter winds and a crow for added atmosphere - all created vocally.

Shirley Collins was (and is) a real trailblazer - not just in terms of her exceptional singing, but also through the ways in which she championed and revitalised folk music. Her story deserves to be told. The fundraising drive closes on Tuesday 22nd July 2014.

Blink and you'll miss it!

Every year at around this time, our pals at the HelloGoodbye Show host a pay-per-minute edition to raise funds for their radio station, the weird and wonderful Resonance FM. This year, the excellent Blang record label has paid for a fifteen-minute slot - to which Polly has contributed a short, solo, a cappella song. The show goes out on Saturday 16th February from 12 noon - 1.30pm. If you're in London, you'll be able to hear it on 104.4fm; elsewhere, you can listen online at www.resonancefm.comWe don't know what time Polly's tiny song will be played...

Resonance FM appearance on Friday 30th December

Back in September, we took part in 'I Phil Therefore I Am: a tribute to Phil Ochs' at the 12 Bar Club. It was a terrific night with a host of fine performers - and edited highlights of the show will be broadcast on Resonance FM on Friday 30th December from 10pm-midnight. In London, the show can be heard on the radio at 104.4fm; elsewhere, you can listen online at

Radio session on Saturday 11th February

We're playing a fifteen-minute session on the deXter Bentley Hello GoodBye Show on Sat 11th Feb (the show is on from 12 noon - 1.30pm on Resonance FM). In London, you can hear it on the radio at 104.4fm; elsewhere, you can listen online at

Song by Polly features in new play

Polly has contributed the music for a song in new play 'Centaur' by Alexander Kishky. A modern re-telling of the ancient Greek legend of the wise centaur Kheiron, the play will run at the Lord Stanley pub theatre (51 Camden Park Road, London NW1) from Wednesday 16th - Sunday 20th November 2011.