Join us for an evening with Hastings-born Shirley Collins, for a very special show and a few Jack in the Green surprises…

Join us for a Sunday evening with Hastings-born Shirley Collins (MBE), for a very special show and a few Traditional Jack In The Green surprises…

Shirley’s love and support for the DLWP rings true as this is one of only two headline shows this year!

Shirley’s Lodestar Band comprise of Music Director, Ian Kearey (ex-Blue Aeroplanes and Oysterband), Pete Cooper and Dave Arthur (Rattle on the Stovepipe), Pip Barnes and of course her star dancer, Glen Redman, from Brighton Morris Men.


Show timings:

  • 5.45pm Building opens
  • 6.15pm Mad Jack’s Morris and Hannah’s Cat Morris in the main foyer
  • 6.30pm Auditorium Doors
  • 6.30pm Rattlebag in the 1st floor café
  • 7pm Pete Cooper and Dave Arthur in the main auditorium
  • 7.30pm Mad Jack’s Morris and Hannah’s Cat Morris in the main foyer
  • 7.30pm Rattlebag in the 1st floor café
  • 8pm Shirley Collins in the main auditorium


Mad Jack’s Morris… 

Mad Jack’s Morris are a traditional Morris team native to Hastings, East Sussex, having been around since our formation in 1976. We dance a ‘Cotswold’ style of Morris, which can be traced back to the 14th Century. We are named after a local eccentric, Mad Jack Fuller, who was the squire of the Village of Brightling during the 18th Century. Our logo is that of the Sugar Loaf, one of many follies he built in the local area. Our uniform incorporates the original colours of the cinque port flag, all of which links us back to the local area in which we are based. Mad Jack’s Morris is one of the founding Morris sides of Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green, helping form the event in 1983, and are keen to continue with the growth of this event. We are always looking for new members to join our energetic group of locals, if interested please do not hesitate to get in contact!


Hannah’s Cat Morris…

Hannah’s Cat Morris are a women’s Morris dance team who practice in Hastings Old Town on a Thursday evening. They dance in the Cotswold style and are known for writing their own adaptations to the dances and tunes; giving them a unique and watchable style. They wear distinctive purple and pink waistcoats and are named after the mummified cats in The Stag, where they drink after practice. They are seeking new members and can be contacted through



Rattlebag is an acapella harmony group who have been performing around the folk scene since 2005 including festivals such as Towersey Village Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week, Tenterden Folk Festival as well as at folk clubs across the Southeast. They have recorded 3 CDs; Girls that are Drinkers, Shifting Shapes and their latest, ‘Five for Silver’, is due to be released November 2022.

Rattlebag is Sian Hayward, Lynne Heffernan, Faith Brooker, Judy Atkinson and Emily Chambers. They like to breathe life into traditional songs and their repertoire includes contemporary and self-penned material. Their arrangements and rich harmonies give songs their distinct Rattlebag sound. They sing seasonal songs, attired appropriately, marking the Wheel of the Year events such as May Day at Hastings Traditional Jack in the Green. They organise and sing wassails in orchards, gardens and pubs.  All year round they love social singing and run Singarounds in and around Hastings where they nurture the unaccompanied song.


Shirley Collins Biography

Born in Hastings in 1935, Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.

On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival, recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia – and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982. Since then, she has produced two acclaimed albums for Domino Records, Lodestar and Heart’s Ease and performed live at a handful of important festivals with her Lodestar Band including Celtic Connections, Brighton Festival, Green Man, Cambridge Folk Festival, Copenhagen Documentary Festival, Supersonic, as well at major venues including The Barbican, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and The Sage Gateshead.

Though Shirley Collins (MBE) was absent from the music scene for many years, her impact did not diminish, as the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen lauded her. A documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins was released about her in Autumn 2017. She was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University all in the same year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004, (re-printed by White Rabbit in 2021) and has published her autobiography, All In The Downs (2018). Heart’s Ease was released by Domino in 2019, just as the COVID lockdown started, it has been toured very little and this will be a rare chance to hear some of that material live.


Suitable for all ages. U14s must be accompanied by an adult.



Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.


Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office:

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.