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Major Kirsty release news!

8CD Boxset

The brand new 8CD box set celebrating the career of Kirsty MacColl brings together 161 tracks recorded between 1979 and 2000, featuring 47 previously unreleased tracks including her 1983 unreleased second album ‘Real’. It also includes album favourites, extended versions, unreleased demos, live sets and a 60-page hardback book with new sleeve notes from her family and previously unseen photos. Pre-order now.

Release date according to Amazon is 27th October.

Croydon Music Heritage Trail

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a lovely week so far.

I visited Croydon for the first time on Saturday 12th August. It was for the Music Heritage Trail walking tour as part of This Is Croydon, the Mayor of London’s London Borough of Culture. 

We met at The Queen’s Gardens where the Croydon Symphony mural is located. The mural was designed by  ATMA Art and the unveiling was on 17th June. As well as Kirsty, it features Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Ralph McTell, Desmond Dekker, Captain Sensible, Shirin Sriram, Stormzy and Nadia Rose.

Afterwards, we went outside Fairfield Halls which is an arts, entertainment and conference centre. It was built in 1962. Many renowned musical acts have performed there such as Duke Ellington, The Beatles, David Bowie, Morrissey, etc. Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible from The Damned both worked as cleaners there in the 1970s.

Next, we walked to Croydon College where the likes of  David Bowie and Ray Davies attended.

Our third stop was Boxpark where the building of the Bonaparte record store used to be. Kirsty had a job at the store during the late 1970s, working in the mail order department. While we were there, I spoke to everyone about this wonderful website and her bench in Soho Square. I also told them about the ‘Kirsty MacColl’s London’ map, which you can visit here. She achieved the 3rd highest vote to be featured on the trail. Very well deserved!

We also went to The Greyhound And The Blue Orchid, the site where Beanos And Big Apple Records used to be and Ruskin House Folk and Blues Club.

After the tour finished, I walked to Wellesley Road where Kirsty had a photo session on 5th June 1979 to promote her debut single, ‘They Don’t Know’.

Overall, I had a brilliant time visiting these places, meeting new people and sharing my love for Kirsty.

I will see you in another post.

From Ruby

Kirsty’s London

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. I have created an interactive map called ‘Kirsty MacColl’s London’ where you can follow in her footsteps. It features the places in London, including Croydon that are linked with Kirsty from the hospital she was born in to her live performances. The places on the map are marked and most are illustrated with videos and photos.

The map will continue to grow as I add more places of interest. You can leave comments on this post if you think I should include something you don’t see at the moment.

Visit Kirsty’s London

From Ruby

They Don’t Know About These Covers

Steve Cann performed his version of the classic Kirsty song from The Woodman Inn, Parkend in Lydney on 23rd December 2022.

Jenny B Sweet did her lovely rendition in April 2021, but uploaded it on 25th January this year.


Kel the ‘Kooky’ One recorded his take in a car park.


Here’s a wonderful ukulele version played by Tina.

Scott Lenz uploaded his version on 1st July.

From Ruby