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. The programmes were recorded in the basement studio at Cecil Sharp House, London. Anne Briggs, billed as “from Nottinghamshire comes Anne Briggs to sing some of those unaccompanied songs she heard first from the gypsies”, sang three songs during the launch episode of Folk-Song Cellar, broadcast on Saturday 13th August 1966. Remarkably these beautiful performances have survived for half a century.
When we approached Anne with the tentative proposal to release these three songs on a vinyl record she was quick to respond – “three songs on an EP are an awkwardness, and it occurred to me that if you needed another song, there might be something recorded from a Nottingham folk club around that time”. She had recently received a tape that “a lifelong friend of mine rescued the recordings, another one cleaned up the tapes”. These rare, simple, unadorned and intimate performances, aching with poignancy, make their first appearance on record, fifty years after recording and capture Anne Briggs singing at just the right time.
Pre-order now. All orders will ship August 9th.
1 The Recruited Collier
2 My Bonny Boy (A Bower In My Breast)
3 Polly Vaughan
4 The Verdant Braes Of Skreen
Release date: 12th August 2016
Barcode number: 5020393 100649