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A painfully shy person in front of an audience, Anne's singing was hypnotic and from all accounts had a profound influence on other UK folk notables such as June Tabor, Maddy Prior and Sandy Denny. Sandy's song The Pond and the Stream (track 7, Fotheringay album) was inspired by Anne Briggs:
     Annie wanders on the land
     She loves the freedom of the air....

Anne was shy of her own recordings. She "delayed" the release of her 1974 recordings with the impromptu group Ragged Robin for a mere 22 years. (see Sing a Song For You below).

Well, we have four album's worth of songs, and for that we must be very thankful.

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Albums

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ANNE BRIGGS 1971 Topic 12T207 LP



01 Blackwater Side
02 The Snow It Melts The Soonest
03 Willie O Winesbury(Child 100)
04 Go Your Way (Anne)
05 Thorneymoor Woods
06 The Cuckoo
07 Reynardine
08 Young Tambling (Child 39)
09 Living By The Water (Anne)
10 Maa bonny lad
                 See next album below for links.
This is Anne's first album, though she had already cut the Topic extended play The Hazards of Love (TOP 94), and had been a contributor to The Bird in the Bush and The Iron Muse (Topic 12T86). This is a fine album, now available on CD (see below). It contains 8 classic folk songs (Willie O' Winesbury is particularly charming) and 2 of Anne's own compositions, Living by the Water and Go Your Way. The majority of tracks are unaccompanied. Anne plays guitar and bouzouki; John Moynihan plays second bouzouki on track 3. There are decent sleeve notes by Bert Lloyd. All the tracks are now available on the 1999 CD ANNE BRIGGS : A COLLECTION.
 

 
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CLASSIC ANNE BRIGGS
ANNE BRIGGS : A COLLECTION
1990
1999
Fellside
Topic
FECD78
TSCD504
CD






21   The Recruited Collier  (1963 From The Iron Muse)
21   The Doffing Mistress   (1963 From The Iron Muse)
21   She Moves Through the Fair   (1963 see note 1)
21   Let No Man Steal Your Thyme   (1963 see note 1)
05   Lowlands Away   (1964 From The Hazards of Love)
06   My Bonny Boy   (1964 From The Hazards of Love)
21   Polly Vaughan   (1964 From The Hazards of Love)
21   Rosemary Lane   (1964 From The Hazards of Love)
09   Gathering Rushes   (1966 From The Bird in the Bush)
10   The Whirly Whorl   (1966 From The Bird in the Bush)
11   The Stonecutter Boy   (1966 From The Bird in the Bush)
12   Martinmas Time   (1966 From The Bird in the Bush)
21   Blackwater Side   (1971 From Anne Briggs)
21   The Snow It Melts The Soonest   (1971 From Anne Briggs)
21   Willie O Winesbury  (Child 100) (1971 From Anne Briggs)
16   Go Your Way (Anne)  (1971 From Anne Briggs)
17   Thorneymoor Woods   (1971 From Anne Briggs)
21   The Cuckoo   (1971 From Anne Briggs)
21   Reynardine   (1971 From Anne Briggs)
21   Young Tambling  (Child 39) (1971 From Anne Briggs)
21   Living By The Water (Anne)  (1971 From Anne Briggs)
22   Maa bonny lad   (1971 From Anne Briggs)
Note 1 : These two tracks are not on the 1990 CD CLASSIC ANNE BRIGGS.  They were orginally issued on the Decca Edinburgh Folk Festival 1 & 2 albums (LK4546 and LK4563).
The 1999 CD ANNE BRIGGS : A COLLECTION has 32 pages of historical notes and 7 pages of A.L.Lloyd's track notes from the earlier issues. A few archive photographs are also included.
This album is an essential purchase. It may be obtained from Musikfolk Limited and other outlets.
A lengthy review of A COLLECTION is currently on the Musical Traditions site. This site cautions that URLs may move, so go to the home page and navigate to either 'current reviews' or 'previous reviews'. For 1999, I guess it'll be 'current reviews'.
 

 
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SING A SONG FOR YOU
Anne Briggs with Ragged Robin
1974/96 Fledgling FLED3008 CD


01    Hills of Greenmor
02    Sing A Song For You
03    Sovay
04    I Thought I Saw You Again
05    Summers in
06    Travellings Easy
07    The Bonnambuie
08    Toungue in Cheek
09    Bird in the Bush
10    Sullivans John
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Anne continues to play guitar and bouzouki, and Barry Dransfield contributes violin. But Anne is also backed on some tracks by Ragged Robin, who were:
  • Steve Ashley : vocals, harmonica, whistle
  • Richard Byers : vocals, guitar, mandolin
  • Brian Diprose : bass guitar
  • John Thompson : drums
Five songs are written by Anne, the remaining five are traditional. This is beautifully produced album - done on one day of rehearsal and one day of recording. Modern artists, take note!
 

 
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THE TIME HAS COME 1998 COLUMBIA - CD




01    Sandmans Song
02    Highlodge Hare
03    Fire And Wine
04    Step Right Up
05    Ride Ride
06    The Time Has Come
07    Clea Caught A Rabbit
08    Tangled Man
09    Wishing Well
10    Standing On The Shore
11    Tidewave
12    Everytime
13    Fine Horseman
Has extensive biographical notes in the CD inlay booklet.

Other appearances:

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ACOUSTIC ROUTES
SOUNDTRACK FROM THE FILM
1999 Demon 97 CD




01  Chasing Love   Bert Jansch & Jacqui McShee
02  Running From Home   Bert Jansch
03  Don't Pity Me   Brownie McGhee & Bert Jansch
04  Needle Of Death   Bert Jansch
05  Go Your Way My Love   Anne Briggs & Bert Jansch
06  40 Ton Parachute   Davey Graham
07  Sitar Ram   Davey Graham
08  The First Girl I Loved   Wizz Jones
09  Happiness Was Free   Wizz Jones
10  The Elfin Knight (She Moved Through The Fair)   Martin Carthy & Bert Jansch
11  The Blood Of The Lamb   Duck Baker
12  Blues Run The Game   Bert Jansch & Al Stewart
13  Let Me Sing   Bert Jansch & Peter Kirtley
14  That'll Do Babe   Ralph McTell
15  High Emotion   Bert Jansch
16  Heartbreak Hotel   Bert Jansch & Albert Lee
17  If I Were A Carpenter   Bert Jansch & Albert Lee
18  Parcel Post Blues   Brownie McGhee & Bert Jansch
19  Walk On   Brownie McGhee & Bert Jansch
20  Country Blues   Billy Connolly & Bert Jansch


 

WHERE TO GET INFORMATION
You Tube Rare black and white footage with the Watersons. Hopefully more soon.
      See also
       
      Also biography/discography at Slipcue's Site.



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