Anne Briggs - Anne Briggs


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This eponymous 1971 debut album by Anne Briggs, largely unavailable for forty-eight years, is widely regarded as a pillar of any folk collection, and contains some of Briggs' most notable songs, including 'Blackwater Slide,' which she famously taught to Bert Jansch, and 'Go Your Way,' co-written with Jansch. 

Anne Briggs began singing in local folk clubs in her teens. In 1962, she became part of the Centre 42 - a leftist group of artists, writers, actors and musicians whose aim was to make arts and culture accessible to the masses. Ewan MacColl first heard Briggs' remarkable voice and persuaded her to join the group and tour. There Briggs met MacColl's comrade, A.L. 'Bert' Lloyd who became her mentor, producing her debut EP, The Hazards Of Love, and recording Briggs for Topic landmark albums, The Iron Muse and The Bird In The Bush

Briggs went on to record a follow-up album the same year, The Time Has Come, for CBS which, at the time, sold poorly and was rapidly deleted. Two years later, she recorded again but blocked the subsequent album's release, disheartened as she was by her singing, and retired from the limelight. 

Re-issued as part of the Topic Treasures series - the label's classic and notable albums expanded in deluxe format with rare images, new liner notes (by esteemed journalist, Ken Hunt) - Anne Briggs heralds a huge resurgence of interest in this most reclusive of folk doyennes. As with the 1971 original, the sleeve here contains song notes by the highly-regarded English folk singer and collector of folk songs, A.L. Lloyd. 


  1. Blackwater Side 
  2. The Snow It Melts The Soonest 
  3. Willie O' Winsbury 
  4. Go Your Way (My Love) 
  5. Thorneymoor Woods 
  6. The Cuckoo 
  7. Reynardine 
  8. Young Tambling 
  9. Living By The Water 
  10. Maa Bonny Lad 


  • Limited-edition LP pressed on 180g vinyl and includes printed inner-sleeve 
  • CD housed in jewel case with outer card slip-case and includes 24-page booklet 
  • Deluxe reissue features expanded original artwork including rare photographs 





also available: 
Anne Briggs - The Time Has Come   LP 


see also: 
Devin Hoff - Voices From The Empty Moor (Songs Of Anne Briggs)   LP | CD 


browse collections: 
Traditional/folk music collection 



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