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Singing in the Story Hut at the East Anglian Traditional Music Day, Stowmarket 2014
(Photograph copyright: Susan Bell)

"What is absolutely evident … is your love and respect for the material…your singing is honest and full of integrity.. both rare qualities. (You have) a naturally lovely voice that is eminently suitable for the songs you sing"

Shirley Collins, singer, collector and writer


"Irene.....combines a life-long love of traditional music with a beautiful voice to deliver spellbinding performances of the finest jewels from the folk song repertoire"

Lawrence Heath - Electric Voices  (folk concert promoter)

I thoroughly enjoyed your talk on Sunday morning. You are an engaging speaker and your enthusiasm for your subject really shines when you speak. I’ll be back for more." Tracey Boyle (singer)

It was a very interesting and thought-provoking presentation and, as always, a pleasure to hear you sing some of those lovely old songs."
Chris Bartram (musician and singer)

Comments about about the first performance of the  talk "The Fragrance of Country Music" delivered at the Bradfield Traditional Music weekend, summer 2018
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Rod Shaw, Organiser ,
Mole Valley District Council Heritage Weekend 2012 (Dorking, Surrey)
Comments regarding a talk given on the life and work of Lucy Broadwood in Dorking .


"Last Friday at the club we were treated to a night with a difference.....Irene Shettle accompanied by Ralph Jordan ..... held a full house captivated with her show about Lucy was evident that she knew her subject well ..... What put the icing on the cake for me was to hear her sing songs from the collection, some well known to our audience but other gems that were new to us. This was a well-paced evening ...... a very good night and a show worth seeing. Catch it if you can."

Paul Ryan, Black Diamond folk club, Birmingham.
Comment on the show about Lucy Broadwood "Listen and You Shall Hear"


"My wife and I greatly enjoyed your very informative and amusing lecture last evening. Not often it is with singing as well – an added bonus. Many thanks indeed."

Barry Sterndale- Bennett
Comment on the talk about Lucy Broadwood,  "The Lost Lady Found" in St Mary's Church, Guildford


"Your talk went down extremely well and your knowledge and enthusiasm were very impressive"

Jan Todd, Guildford Institute of the University of Surrey (re "Listen and You Shall Hear" talk about Lucy Broadwood) 2005


"Very many thanks for a superb finale last night; it really was very impressive....Comments have come from discerning people from different backgrounds, all saying how stunningly good you were...... they were dead right - you were brilliant."

George Cockman - organiser, West Sussex Festival of Christmas, December 2004
Comment about a performance in Horsham Parish church of the carol "The Moon Shines Bright" collected from the Goby family by Lucy Broadwood, as the fnale to Christmas Festival.
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