Just the name Anne Briggs brings me to tears - not for sadness but for the sheer innocent beauty of her voice. Though Briggs had only a brief stint as far as singers go, her influence will outlast the short years she was in the British folk circuit in the late 60s and early 70s. She's retired and living a quiet family life these days, but a few years ago she participated in a documentary that I'll share below.
First, the music. The Time Has Come is a great album. It is, sadly, out of print. I suggest you give it a listen. If you find yourself weeping uncontrollably and need to hear more, fork over the nine or ten dollars it costs to get Anne Briggs: A Collection here. Just do it: you'll be glad you did. Between Collection and The Time Has Come (which includes some of her originals in addition to traditional music), you'll see why she was a big influence on so many folk musicians. For the album above...
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So, here is a clip from the documentary:
And here she is singing the title track of the above album (do a YouTube search for more of her):
The gentleman who is standing beside her in that great photo is Bert Jansch. They were friends. Bert Jansch died in October, a sad thing for the folk world. There are also plenty of great music clips of Jansch, including this one of Blackwaterside. Also, click here for the September 2010 post I made about Jansch, including a collection I put together of a few of his songs.