|Tags:||folk british folk female vocalists singer-songwriter traditional folk|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
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29 September 1944, Toton, Nottinghamshire, England. Briggs started singing publicly in 1962 as part of the Centre 42 organization, a package show organized by the Trades Union Congress to bring culture to the provinces. The 17-year-old singer was signed up by musical director Ewan MacColl, leaving her home to tour with the movement. She squatted in London with a young Bert Jansch, the future guitar hero of the folk revival and Briggs occasional songwriting and romantic partner. Classic Briggs songs such as Wishing Well, Go Your Way and The Time Has Come dated from this period, and her repertoire was a rich source of material for Janschs pioneering 1966 album, Jack Orion. Her first recordings were two tracks for The Iron Muse, an album of British industrial songs organized by folklorist A.L. Lloyd, followed by her debut EP, The Hazards Of Love, recorded in 1963. Another collaboration with Lloyd, The Bird In The Bush,...