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Anne Patricia Briggs (born 29 September 1944) is an English singer. Although she traveled widely in the 1960s and early 1970s, appearing at folk clubs and venues in England and Ireland, she never aspired to commercial success or to achieve widespread public acknowledgment of her music. However, she was a highly influential figure in the English folk music revival, being a source of songs and musical inspiration for others such as A.L. Lloyd, Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page, The Watersons, June Tabor, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and Maddy Prior.

Briggs was born in Toton, Beeston, Nottinghamshire on 29 September 1944. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was young. Her father, Albert, was severely injured in World War II and she was raised by her Aunt Hilda and Uncle Bill in Toton, who also brought up Hilda’s youngest sister, Beryl, and their own daughter Betty. In 1959 she cycled with a friend to Edinburgh. They stayed overnight with Archie Fisher, who was at that time prominent in the revival of folk music in Scotland, and through him she met Bert Jansch, who had just begun to compose his own songs. Jansch and Briggs had an instant rapport and were to remain influential on one another for several years.

In 1962, the Trades Union Congress passed Resolution 42, a resolution to develop cultural activities outside of London. To implement this resolution, playwright Arnold Wesker was appointed as the leader, with Ewan MacColl and A.L. “Bert” Lloyd heavily involved, and Charles Parker on production. Calling themselves Centre 42, they organised a tour around the Britain, hoping to involve local talent at each stop.


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  • Nimbie

    best fucking Tam Lin in recorded (recording) history

    11 May 7:40pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    Oh...I much prefer The Time Has come to Anne Briggs...more texture, less tradition.

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • RussellChap

    Sounds of time past...very evocative

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Liucija_S

    what a pure voice, I really feel folk spirit

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Porculus

    Tongue In Cheek - beautiful song

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • ACEpapella

    very sweet *-*

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Ryantalope

    Beautiful stuff :)

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • shamatha-x

    i'm kind of in love, this almost reminds me of how i felt the first time i heard nick drake or sibylle baier

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • shamatha-x

    what a qt [2]

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • warmandcrispy

    what a qt

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • headey

    interesting article here :

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • KittenOnVynil

    just adorable!

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    i love that she's from beeston. the same place as me.

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • HerrTillman

    Had trouble getting into the Time has Come as opposed to the self titled. I think the overbearing influence of Brigg's record label ( or whoever chose the covers and undeveloped instrumentals) kinda bring it down. The same could be said with Sing a Song for You. I think her voice sounds best either unaccompanied or with a little guitar, not a full band. But both the Time has Come and Sing a Song for You are great listens either way.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • IamFlood

    S/T and Time Has Come are both excellent.

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RaulLipschitz

    "Beeswing" by Richard Thompson is about her.....and "the Pond & the Stream" by Fotheringay.

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • PerraSuicida

    Her voice is soft, weird and beautiful. I feel like she was beside me, singing just for me.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • HerrTillman

    and thought the pentangle version of willie o' winsbury was incredibly expressive, the anne briggs one is out of this world.

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • stupidstuff

    I've just heard one half of one album, so maybe my view will change with time, but this is some seriously beautiful music.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • quintone5

    A voice that matches Sandy Denny's in my humble opinion

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
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