A panorama of industrial folk music
One of the most famous and influential records of the British folk revival, The Iron Muse gathered songs from mine, mill and factory in a powerfully evocative musical document of the Industrial Revolution and its aftermath. Songs by Louis Killen, Anne Briggs, Ray Fisher and others are interspersed with tunes by the Celebrated Working Man’s Band, led by Colin Ross (fiddle). The original album has been extended with songs by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Dick Gaughan and other Topic artists.
‘As timely in the age of de-industrialization as it was in 1956′ - SING OUT!
The folk ballad,’ wrote A.L.Lloyd, ‘is a folk tale put into verse and set to music. Among British ballads are some of the oldest as well as greatest folksongs we have.’ His claim is trenchantly justified by this exceptional collection, as dramas of the distant past are restaged in vibrant performances by Ewan MacColl, Anne Briggs, Louis Killen, Mike Waterson, Norman Kennedy and Lloyd himself.
Anne Briggs, a free spirit of the 1960s, was also one of the most distinctive and influential singers on the folk scene.
‘If I hadn’t heard her,’ says June Tabor, ‘I’d have probably done something entirely different.’
‘She was,’ writes Colin Harper in his accompanying biographical essay, ‘as the best of the music itself was, sexy, wild, mysterious, otherworldly and vulnerable all at the same time.’
A Collection gathers scattered tracks from rare compilations together with her eponymous Topic album of 1971.
Anne Briggs vocal, guitar (13 & 16), bouzouki (15 & 21)
Johnny Moynihan bouzouki (15)
Ray Fisher vocal (12)