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Maddy Prior

Maddy Prior has established herself, by dint of both talent and time, as one of the leading female singers in British folk (and folk-rock). Born in Black Pool, in her teens Prior moved to St. Albans (outside London), where she developed an interest in traditional English music. Through friends she found her way to the treasure trove of material at Cecil Sharpe House and also to Ewan MacColl, the de facto leader of the folk revival. In the late '60s, she met Tim Hart, an accomplished singer and instrumentalist, and together they recorded three albums that made little impact at the time, not even setting the folk clubs buzzing. However, they had played some folk festivals, including Keele, where they met Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings, who was about to form a new band. Prior and Hart became part of the ensemble known as Steeleye Span, who would become an ongoing institution of British folk-rock, with Prior as one of its constants -- she even married Rick Kemp, the bass player who replaced Hutchings.

In 1976, she teamed with another young folksinger, June Tabor, under the Silly Sisters moniker, to record the first of what would be two albums, also remaining with Steeleye until the group officially disbanded in 1978. After that, she embarked on her solo career, her debut, Woman in the Wings, being produced by Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson. She also began another career, as the mother of two children, but still joined a reunited Steeleye in 1980, continuing to juggle band and solo work and even forming her own group, the Carnival Band, who've supported her on record and tours since 1987. When Prior experienced some voice problems in 1993, Gay Woods, who had also been an original Steeleye vocalist, rejoined the band. Prior continued to record more frequently alone, including the albums Year, Flesh and Blood, Ravenchild, and Arthur the King, many of which were concept records. She continued to tour and record with Steeleye Span throughout the early part of the 21st century. Her longtime friend and original collaborator Tim Hart passed away in 2009. ~ Chris Nickson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Quest

1. Sheath & Knife

2. Bitter Withy

3. Quest

4. Joseph Was A Tin Man

5. Maman

6. John

7. Fields Of The Cloth Of Gold

8. The Name Of Arthur

9. Veturae Remembering

10. Hallows I

11. Queen And Sovereignty

12. Hallows II

13. Tribal Warriors

14. Hallows III

15. Sentry

16. Hallows IV

17. Once & Future King

18. Jupiter

19. Hind Horn

20. Ravenchild

21. Dance On The Wind

22. The Templar Knight

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Track List: Collections - A Very Best Of 1995 To 2005

Disc 1

1. Sheath & Knife

2. Hind Horn

3. Twankydillo

4. Rigs Of The Time

5. In The Company Of Ravens

6. Young Bloods

7. Brother Lawrence

8. Great Silkie Of Sules Skerry

9. Once And Future King

10. Reynardine

11. The Duke Of Marlborough

12. Lark In The Morning

Disc 2

1. Maman

2. John

3. Salisbury Plain

4. Yellow Handkerchief

5. John Barleycorn

6. Haul Her Away

7. Cropper Lads

8. Liverpool Judies

9. Saucy Sailor (Live)

10. Deep In The Darkest Night (Live)

11. The Fabled Hare (Live)

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Track List: Arthur The King

1. The Name Of Arthur

2. Veturae Remembering

3. Hallows I

4. Queen And Sovereignty

5. Hallows Ii

6. Tribal Warriors

7. Hallows Iii

8. Sentry

9. Hallows Iv

10. Once & Future King

11. Reynardine

12. Hail The Ball

13. Duke Of Marlborough

14. Fanny Blair

15. Lark In The Morning

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Track List: Ballads And Candles

1. Blacksmith

2. Blood And Gold

3. Boar's Head

4. A Virgin Most Pure

5. All In The Morning

6. Sing, Sing All The Earth

7. Doffin' Mistress

8. Betsy Bell

9. Hind Horn

10. Singing The Travels

11. Long Shadows

12. The King

13. Rose

14. Mother And Child

15. Alex

16. My Husband's Got No Courage In Him

17. Blackleg Miner

18. Padstow May Song

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Track List: Ravenchild

1. TwankyDillo

2. Bold Poachers

3. Boney (With Napoleon In Russia 1)

4. Scorched Earth (With Napoleon In Russia 2)

5. Loot (With Napoleon In Russia 3)

6. Rigs Of The Time

7. In The Company Of Ravens (1)

8. Young Bloods (In The Company Of Ravens 2)

9. The Masts Of Morrigan (In The Company Of Ravens 3)

10. Rich Pickings (In The Company Of Ravens 4)

11. Ravenchild (In The Company Of Ravens 5)

12. Dance On The Wind (In The Company Of Ravens 6)

13. Great Silkie Of The Sules Skerry

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Track List: Year

1. Snowdrops / Birth

2. Swimming Song

3. Marigold / Harvest Home

4. Red & Green

5. Long Shadows

6. Somewhere Along The Road

7. What You Had For Supper

8. Saucy Sailor

9. The Fabled Hare

10. Deep In The Darkest Night

11. Boys Of Bedlam

12. Twa Corbies

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Maddy - I first heard you in 1972 while living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. What a sound. I was hooked. Thank you.
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After Jacqui McShee, my favorite Brit trad female vocalist. I rate her above Sandy Denny (is that sacreledge?) .
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kukitzfamily
Maddy, I have been listening to you since 1975 (I was 17). Brilliant! Thanks!

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