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Four Songs

Anne Briggs: Four Songs (Fledg’ling WING 1006)

Four Songs
Anne Briggs

Fledg’ling Records WING 1006 (7" EP, UK, 12 August 2016)

In the summer of 1966 Peter Kennedy recorded a series of 45 minute radio programmes for the BBC. Folk-Song Cellar was presented as ‘an informal get-together’ in a fictional ‘folk club’ hosted by Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor, and over the 39 broadcast episodes featured over one hundred performers from Britain and Ireland. Billed as “from Nottinghamshire comes Anne Briggs to sing some of those unaccompanied songs she heard first from the gypsies”, Anne sang three songs during the launch episode of Folk-Song Cellar, broadcast on 13 August 1966. Remarkably these beautiful performances have survived for half a century.

Tracks 1-3 recorded in the basement studio at Cecil Sharp House, London, for the BBC Folk-Song Cellar; first broadcast 13 August 1966;
Track 4 recorded live at the Nottingham Co-op Folk Workshop in 1965 by Gren Blatherwick;
Sleeve notes by Ken Hunt;
Photography by Al Atkinson;
Sleeve design by Bruce Brand at Arthole


Anne Briggs: vocals


Side 1

  1. The Recruited Collier (Roud 3503) (3.54)
  2. My Bonny Boy (A Bower in My Breast) (Roud 293; G/D 6:1141; Henry H215) (3.31)

Side 2

  1. Polly Vaughan (Roud 166; Laws O36; Henry H114) (3.37)
  2. The Verdant Braes of Skreen (Roud 419; Henry H593) (3.01)

All tracks traditional