May 18, 2011

Virginia Tree

Fresh Out (1975)

01. Hiding There
02. In My Garden
03. Like Morning
04. Wicker Basket Weaver
05. I'm Glad There Is You
06. Make Believe Girl
07. Harlequin And Columbine
08. Comical Wise
09. Let Us Go Dancing
10. Fresh Out
11. I've Got To Get To Know You



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some information:

Shirley Kent

1 FRESH OUT (Minstrel 0001) 1975
NB: (1) credited to Virginia Tree. Reissued as Forever A Willow (Magic Spell 0001) in 1988.


Shirley Kent came from Birmingham. She'd been singing in Social Clubs since the age of 15 and later progressed onto Nightclubs eventually winning a residency at the Opposite Lock club in Birmingham. In this era she recorded two tracks on a charity EP issued by Keele University Students Union. Both songs, One Day Old and Back, were folk tunes recorded with just an acoustic guitar accompaniment.
In the late sixties she joined the progressive rock outfit Ghost but left the band in the early seventies to revert to a solo career, again securing a residency at Birmingham's Opposite Lock club. The Fresh Out album was recorded under a pseudonym, Virginia Tree. Apart from a cover of Jimmy Dorsey's I'm Glad There Is You, the remaining nine songs were self-penned and former Ghost members Paul Eastment and Terry Guy joined her on three of the tracks:- Let Us Go Dancing, Hiding There, and Harlequin and Columbine. Many of the songs were very folky with Make Believe Girl and In My Garden among the best. Only 1,000 copies were pressed and it soon became a collector's item. It was later reissued on Magic Spell in 1988 with a new title and two extra tracks, A Dedication To Betram George Tipping, My Dad and an orchestrated version of In My Garden.
Shirley gave up a full-time career in music in 1977 but has been involved in the formation of She Records and Tadpole Records and has written a book, 'A Guide To Popular Singing', which is also available as a cassette.

May 18, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the source for the aforementioned info should be given. It was taken from "A Tapestry of Delights".

May 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM  

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