Way back in the 1970’s, when they were new, I discovered a British band called Steeleye Span.  They play and sing medieval and Renaissance English folk songs, with modern rock instrumentation.  Sounds weird, but they were, and are, simply wonderful.  I still own a bunch of vinyl albums from their early years, and we play them sometimes on our turntable.  But a couple of weeks ago, on Ricochet, a member posted a link to a 1975 promo video they did, singing their song “All Around My Hat”.  I could not remember ever hearing that song, and it occurred to me that I had never seen them!  I bookmarked that video, and I play it at least once a day now.  Their lead singer, Maddy Prior, has a gorgeous voice, and she really does a great job with all their lyrics.  Take a gander at this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zzwbYyvWiU

I guarantee you’ll love them.

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2 thoughts on “Great Music, Re-discovery of a group I love: Steeleye Span

  1. Thanks. I’ve seen them in concert many times and as you say maddy has great voice. Good solo work and with June tabor as the silly sisters. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in now).

  2. Thanks very much! I bought a “best of” album on iTunes, so I can have my Steeleye Span fix whenever I have my iPod handy. And whenever I pick up my violin, I pluck the D and G strings in the intro to “The Blacksmith”.

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