Awkward Annie

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Awkward Annie
Studio album by Kate Rusby
Released 3 September 2007
Recorded Pure Records Studio, South Yorkshire
Genre Folk
Length 51:51
Label Pure Records
Producer Kate Rusby
Kate Rusby chronology
The Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Awkward Annie
Sweet Bells
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
BBC Music(not rated) [2]
The Guardian3/5 stars [3]
Q3/5 stars [4] stars [5]

Awkward Annie is the seventh studio album by English contemporary folk musician Kate Rusby, released on 3 September 2007 on Pure Records. The album is the first to be produced by Rusby herself, following her split with husband and producer John McCusker.[6]

Regarding her role as producer Rusby states that:

Song information[edit]

Rusby states that the track "Bitter Boy" is her favourite composition that she herself has written.[7]

"John Barbury" is set to a traditional melody, Child Ballad 89 ("Fause Foodrage"), while its lyrics originate from Child Ballad 100 ("Willie O Winsbury"). This tune became well known in the late 1960s after Richard Thompson used it as the basis for the Fairport Convention song "Farewell, Farewell".

The bonus track, a cover of The Kinks' song "The Village Green Preservation Society", was recorded as the theme for BBC TV sitcom Jam and Jerusalem.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Awkward Annie"
  2. "Bitter Boy"
  3. "John Barbury"
  4. "High On a Hill"
  5. "Farewell"
  6. "Planets"
  7. "The Old Man"
  8. "Andrew Lammie"
  9. "Streams of Nancy"
  10. "Daughter of Heaven"
  11. "Blooming Heather"
  12. "The Village Green Preservation Society" (bonus track)


  1. ^ Nickson, Chris. Awkward Annie at AllMusic
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ The Guardian review
  4. ^ Q Magazine review, (October 2007, p.109)
  5. ^ Folkradio review[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Denselow, Robin; "Kate Rusby, Awkward Annie", 14 September 2007 (Retrieved: 20 July 2009)
  7. ^ a b "Conversations with Kate Rusby" (in three installments) 4–11 September 2007 (Retrieved: 20 July 2009)