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Steeleye Span

Aside from Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span was the most successful and enduring British folk-rock band. The parallels between the bands are numerous: both updated traditional British folk material with rock arrangements, both featured an excellent female lead singer (Sandy Denny for Fairport, Maddy Prior for Steeleye Span), both frequently employed multi-part harmonies, and both mixed original and traditional songs. Although Fairport was more innovative in its early days, Steeleye Span was arguably the more interesting band after 1970, when personnel changes had gutted the original Fairport lineup. Steeleye Span, too, would undergo numerous personnel changes even at their peak. Prior was the constant factor that gave the group something of a recognizable identity at all phases of their journey.

One thing that differentiated Steeleye Span from their counterparts was that Fairport came to traditional folk from a rock background, whereas Steeleye traveled in the opposite direction. The original lineup, formed around the beginning of 1970, included guitarist Terry Wood, who had been in a traditional Irish folk group called Sweeney's Men (with Andy Irvine). The supple-voiced Prior had been in a folk duo with guitarist Tim Hart. The impetus for Steeleye Span's formation, ironically, came from ex-Fairport Convention bassist Ashley Hutchings. Hutchings wanted to keep pursuing the traditional folk direction ploughed by Fairport on the 1969 album Liege and Lief, and left Fairport to joined forces with Prior, Hart, Terry Woods, and Gay Woods (Terry's wife) to anchor the first incarnation of Steeleye Span.

This lineup only lasted for one album, with the Woods leaving for Doctor Strangely Strange; Terry Woods would eventually resurface with the Pogues in the 1980s. He was replaced by Martin Carthy, one of the most respected guitarists on the English folk circuit. Carthy's abdication of acoustic folk for electric (if drum-less) folk-rock apparently caused much consternation within the purist English folk community, a kerfuffle that is hard to understand (at least from an American perspective), given that Dylan had already successfully fought that battle in the mid-'60s. While Steeleye Span played folk music, they had no aversion to playing it loud, and this version of the band proved that it was possible to create an energetic ruckus without a drummer.

Both Hutchings and Carthy, by far the most famous members of the group, left around the end of 1971. This sort of defection would have crippled most acts. Yet Steeleye Span not only persevered, but entered their most commercially successful phase. Tim Hart was once quoted as saying that the group wanted to "put traditional music back into current musical language -- to make folk music less esoteric." They were aided in doing so by new bassist Rick Kemp, who became Maddy Prior's husband. In 1973, they finally added drums to the band, becoming a true folk-rock act after years of ramping up.

One asset to Steeleye Span's unusual durability (in the face of the revolving door of players) was their open-minded approach to contemporary influences. They covered oldies (and well) by Buddy Holly, the Four Seasons, and Phil Spector. David Bowie and Peter Sellers made cameo appearances on their albums in the mid-'70s. They occasionally acted in plays (in which they also musically performed as a group). They covered Brecht-Weill songs. Some of their work was produced by Mike Batt, whose primary previous credentials was as the mastermind of the Wombles, a British kiddie rock group.

Steeleye Span finally had a British chart hit in 1974 with the Christmas song "Gaudette." In 1975, they had a huge (by folk-rock standards) smash with "All Around My Hat," which reached the U.K. Top Five. In the United States, they (like Fairport) were consigned to cult status. They picked up some airplay on open-minded FM stations, but got their widest Stateside exposure as an opening act during a Jethro Tull tour. The onslaught of punk and new wave weakened any prospects for continued chart success at home. In 1977, they took on more traditional elements with the return of Martin Carthy, and the addition of John Kirkpatrick on accordion, but they finally split the following year.

Not for good, however. In a final parallel with Fairport Convention, they decided to periodically reunite while pursuing their own projects. More studio albums appeared, and the group sometimes performed at festivals or even toured, though with enough irregularity to make it confusing to determine whether they were "together" again. A devoted following made it possible for them to be received warmly by cult audiences whenever the mood suited them to play live. Carthy enjoyed the most notable solo career of the Steeleye Span alumni, continuing to command great respect among British folk listeners well into the 21st century. Maddy Prior's most notable outside endeavor was her duo recordings with fellow British folk singer June Tabor. Tim Hart released a handful of notable solo outings as well, before retiring to La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, where he passed away after a long battle with cancer in 2009.

By 2016, the group consisted of Prior, Kemp, drummer Liam Genockey (who first played with them in 1989), guitarist Julian Littman (who joined in 2011), Jessie May Smart (who replaced on-again, off-again fiddler Peter Knight in 2013), and Andrew "Spud" Sinclair, who was filling in for six-year member Pete Zorn before Zorn passed away from cancer in April 2016. Steeleye Span were still touring and recording new material; their 23rd studio album, Dodgy B**tards, was issued in late 2016. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Time

1. The Prickly Bush

2. The Old Maid In The Garrett / Tam Lin (Reel)

3. Harvest Of The Moon

4. Underneath Her Apron

5. The Cutty Wren

6. Go From My Window

7. The Elf-Knight

8. The Water Is Wide

9. You Will Burn

10. Corbies

11. The Song Will Remain

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Track List: Spanning The Years

Disc 1

1. The Blacksmith

2. My Johnny Was A Shoemaker

3. The King

4. Lovely On The Water

5. Marrowbones

6. Rave On

7. Gaudete

8. John Barleycorn

9. Alison Gross

10. Robbery With Violins

11. Rogues In A Nation

12. Cam Ye O'er Frae France

13. Thomas The Rhymer

14. To Know Him Is To Love Him

15. New York Girls

16. Long Lankin

17. Black Jack Davy

18. Hard Times Of Old England

19. All Around My Hat

20. London

Disc 2

1. Fighting For Strangers

2. The Black Freighter (From "The Threepenny Opera")

3. The Victory

4. The False Knight On The Road

5. Rag Doll

6. Let Her Go Down

7. Sails Of Silver

8. Gone To America

9. My Love

10. Blackleg Miner

11. Lady Diamond

12. One Misty Moisty Morning

13. The Fox

14. Following Me

15. Tam Lin

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Track List: Tonight's The Night...Live

1. Tonight's The Night

2. Ca The Ewes

3. Gentleman Soldier

4. Tam Lin

5. Padstow

6. Fighting For Strangers

7. White Man

8. The Weaver

9. Ten Long Years

10. Dawn Of The Day

11. Cam Ye

12. All Around My Hat

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Track List: Tempted And Tried

1. Jack Hall

2. Two Butchers

3. Padstow

6. Shaking Of The Sheets

8. Seagull

10. Following Me

11. The Fox

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Track List: Portfolio

1. Dark Eyed Sailor

2. Boys Of Bedlam

3. Gaudete

4. Saucy Sailor

5. Alison Gross

6. Thomas The Rhymer

7. New York Girls

8. All Around My Hat

9. Black Jack Davy

10. Fighting For Strangers

11. The Victory

13. Let Her Go Down

14. Edward

15. White Man

16. A Cannon By Telemann

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Track List: The Best of Steeleye Span

1. Gaudete

2. Saucy Sailor

3. Jigs

4. Royal Forester

5. Alison Gross

6. One Misty Moisty Morning

7. The Bold Poachers

8. Thomas the Rhymer

9. To Know Him Is to Love Him

10. Drink Down the Moon

11. Now We Are Six

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Track List: Original Masters

Disc 1

1. Sir James The Rose

2. Black Jack Davy

3. All Around My Hat

5. Fighting For Strangers

6. Thomas The Rhymer

7. Seven Hundred Elves

8. Long Lankin

Disc 2

1. Cam Ye O'er Frae France

3. Alison Gross

4. The Mooncoin Jig

5. Drink Down The Moon

6. Skewball

7. Lovely On The Water

9. One Misty Moisty Morning

10. Saucy Sailor

11. Gaudete

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Track List: Rocket Cottage

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Track List: All Around My Hat

1. Black Jack Davy

2. Hard Times Of Old England

3. Cadgwith Anthem

4. All Around My Hat

8. Dance With Me

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Track List: Commoners Crown

1. Little Sir Hugh

2. Bach Goes To Limerick

3. Long Lankin

4. Dogs And Ferrets

5. Galtee Farmer

6. Demon Lover

7. Elf Call

8. Weary Cutters

9. New York Girls

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Track List: Now We Are Six

1. Thomas The Rhymer

2. Drink Down The Moon

3. Two Magicians

4. Now We Are Six

5. Seven Hundred Elves

6. Long-A-Growing

7. The Mooncoin Jig

8. Edwin

10. To Know Him Is To Love Him

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Track List: Parcel Of Rogues

1. One Misty Moisty Morning

2. Alison Gross

3. The Bold Poachers

4. The Ups and Downs

5. Robbery with Violins

7. The Weaver and the Factory Maid

8. Rogues in a Nation

9. Cam Ye O'er Frae France

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Track List: Below The Salt

1. Spotted Cow

5. Royal Forester

6. King Henry

7. Gaudete

8. John Barleycorn

9. Saucy Sailor

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Track List: Please To See The King

2. Cold, Haily, Windy Night

3. Jigs: Bryan O'Lynn - The Hag With The Money

4. Prince Charlie Stuart

5. Boys Of Bedlam

6. False Knight On The Road

7. The Lark In The Morning

8. Female Drummer

9. The King

10. Lovely On The Water

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Track List: Hark! The Village Wait (1970)

1. A Calling-On Song

2. The Blacksmith

3. Fisherman's Wife

4. The Blackleg Miner

5. The Dark Eyed Sailor

6. Copshawholme Fair

7. All Things Are Quite Silent

8. The Hills Of Greenmore

9. My Johnny Was A Shoemaker

10. Lowlands Of Holland

11. Twa Corbies

12. One Night As I Lay On My Bed

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Caught them on the Passion Play tour, BLEW MY MIND !!
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Sheep Crook and Black Dog- deeply sad.
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A real treasure of a band that I discovered in 1973 while my contemporari e s were still listening to bubblegum pop music. I think they were a bit more dedicated to tradition than Fairport. Wish I had seen the mid 70s line up.
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Ms. Pegrum: Thanks so much for keeping Mr. Pegrum in peoples' thoughts. I got to see him with Steeleye in'85 at the Lisner in DC. Great show -- Fairport opened on what was Swarbrick's last US tour with them. I'd be truly remiss if I didn't mention that I'm a big fan of Nigel's work with Gnidrolog as well as the time he spent with Steeleye. Peace!
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My first purchase was Below the Salt which I found in the cut out bins. So much great music- I started buying their album at a weekly rate until I was current for the time.
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Parcel of Rogues LP was my first Steeleye Span purchase. I fell in love with their sound & have listened to their works ever since. My personal favorites are Cam Ye O'er Fair France, & Boys of Bedlam. Then again, there's Misty Moisty Morning, &King Henry. I may as well stop here, or I'll be listing each & every song they've ever done. Can't forget Drummer Girl either
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I found Steeleye and Fairport at the same time, in the late 70's in cut out bins. Heavenly voices and music.
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tacman050
First encountered Steeleye Span when Maddy Prior's heavenly, lilting voice (via a Seattle FM radio station) in the mid-70's, cut through the background hum of a busy work day. It took me weeks to finally learn the correct name of the group that DJ's kept muddling up to sound like 'Steely Dan'. Once I found their true identity it took me no time to find and scoop up first one vinyl album, then another and then matching ones in 8-track tape format to accompany me on the road. Still have em all!
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Seems that these comments are for many Steeleye Span songs. So: re Black Jack Davy, we women just WILL follow the rogues and outlaws..... .
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Wondering if Scots-Irish has a particular genome that stirs me to tears through songs like this one.
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". . . Dulce et decorum est. . ."
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michael.newb e r y
@carmelpegru m Absolutely! And not JUST a drummer either.
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To Judy and hclausen1: Great show indeed! To carmelpegrum : Love listening to Nigel!
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Just saying:
In 1973, they finally added drums to the band, becoming a true folk-rock act after years of ramping up.

I think my husband's name, Nigel Pegrum deserves a mention as their first drummer who played with Steeleye for 17 years, before coming to live in Australia, where he has been very successful in the recording industry as engineer/pro d u c e r .

We enjoy many wonderful memories of Steeleye days.
Cheers,

ps really loving Pandora

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sarawat1207
Loved their Pleased to see the King album. Incredible songs!
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cmyers3402
LONDON might be my favorite! Again, enjoyable-fu n .
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cmyers3402
Truly enjoyable and fun music
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cmyers3402
Love their Minstrel sound - great melodies and harmonies, nice instruments.
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55hermit
loved now we are six
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to steve and judy , that was a great show. 1973 manzano high.
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to Steve.....I cant believe it! I was at that concert in ABQ!
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Have loved them from the first time I heard Parcel of Rogues. Could you add Tonight's the Night Live?
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clamasaur
Steve, I also was introduced and seduced by Steeleye Span as the opening act to the Passion Play tour in Los Angeles, that same year. And yes, I was hooked ever since. Absolutely in love with Maddy Prior's voice. She makes some amazing music with June Tabor too, as the "Silly Sisters"
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The very first band I ever saw in concert. They opened for Jethro Tull (the Passion Play tour) here in Albuquerque 8 July 1973. I've loved them ever since. They started the show by slowly walking out on stage in robes, looking like monks, singing "Gaudete". I'd never been to a concert, had no idea what to expect, and they hooked me instantly.
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listening to king henry im recalling shrubbery superb stuff.
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You are making me cry....Dale. . . . b e c a u s e it was such an ideal time....
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Listening to these songs, as from the sheer joy of listeing,put s me back in the glorious days of the 60's when I truly believed that life would bring peace, love and happiness. Like Proust's madeline and tea I am instantly transported to the backyard of my college house and the arms of my girl friend in her peasant top and flowing skirt. Ah youth why is it wasted on the young.
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Please add their album "Please to See the King" as well -- thanks!
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ackerbex3
Love the Original Masters - some of the other albums Pandora plays have different recordings; these are the ones I was 1st introduced to, and I like them much better. The blend of traditional British Isles folk with driving electric underpinning s is 2nd to none.
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many a fine day and nights listening to this group.If you like this group get their imported records great songs done in an old fashion way. Great music to do your thing by...whateve r your thing is...!
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I'm an old folkie and Rock & Roller and i've gotta say that thier live concerts in the mid-late 70's were awesome! Some of the best live music I've seen!!

Ric Wasley
Musican/Auth o r
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philip426
This grup, seems to me, to be quite the best lot I haveheard in years and years...and I find that I missed their primary period of production. Not to worry, for I shall have their CDs and, like Ms. Hogan, hey merit *applause*!
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*Applause* Steeleye is amazing. All I have to say.
...and look, I'm the first to comment. Who woulda thunkit?

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