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Anne Briggs

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Anne Patricia Briggs (born 1944), known as Anne Briggs, is an English folk singer. Although she travelled 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 acknowledgement 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, The Watersons, June Tabor, Sandy Denny and Maddy Prior.

[Comment: Jansch was her contemporary. Lloyd, a pioneer of modern folk music and a patron of hers, was a source for many of Anne’s songs. It’s not quite right to call her an English folksinger. She grow up in Nottingham, it’s true, but she was an orphan and reckoned at least part of her stock was Irish. She was on her own well before she was 20, and later on travelled with a tinker band in Ireland for several years in the 70’s. Her voice was pure and true and remarkably supple. Perhaps her greatest contribution was to sing the songs of womens’ experience, and this became a a great inspiration for the next generations. She sang from the heart of the tradition, she loved dogs and hunting and their songs, and she had a knack for setting the original heart of each song free.]

Early in 1973 she recorded a third solo album “Sing a Song For You” with instrumental support from “Ragged Robin”, who were a folk-rock band assembled around Steve Ashley.

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  • RussellChap

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

    6 Jan 1:09am Reply
  • RussellChap

    Sounds of time past...very evocative

    5 Jan 8:54pm 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 : http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2007/aug/03/folk.shopping1

    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
  • RaulLipschitz

    you can't really compare any of those other "folk chanteuses" to Annie, because.....they pretty much all wanted to BE like her -or greatly admired her, at least- as she was this untamable free spirit who lived like the songs she sang about..

    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
  • ijkidd

    At last delving into her work, my wife and I shared an earpiece each listening to "The Time Has Come" album for the first time last night, what a voice!

    14 Mar 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
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