Anne Briggs was a reluctant cornerstone of the British folk scene in the ’60s and ’70s as a hidden artist. Her work ended up being recorded by the likes of Pentangle, Sandy Denny and Jimmy Page. Devin Hoff, a bassist first and foremost has been going back through her song catalogue and reimagining her very British folk music in a new light. Her style was very straightforward and rustic and whilst Devin Hoff honours that, he goes about it in very different ways. You can hear the album in full and purchase it through the Kill Rock Stars! Bandcamp page.
Possibly my favourite piece from this collection, which includes guests like Sharon van Etten and Emmett Kelly, is a collaboration with Julia Holter. The track was the lead single and entitled “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme”. Its opening travelling folk roots give way to an ethereal power and conjuring that I just love. Enjoy the music video below.
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