55 years ago Shirley Collins began a career as a folk singer, touring and recording more than 20 albums.
But when she suffered a broken heart she lost the ability to sing - and had to stop performing altogether.
To bring up her family, she worked in a charity shop and even a job centre. But now, at the age of 81, she's back and appearing at the Brighton Festival. Andy Dickenson went to meet her.
Here's her full interview in a web exclusive.
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