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Encyclopedia > Steeleye Span
Steeleye Span
Background information
Origin UK
Genre(s) Folk-rock
Years active 1970–present

Steeleye Span are a British folk-rock band, formed in 1969 and remaining active today. Along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British folk revival, and were the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles Gaudete and All Around My Hat.[citation needed] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... See also: 1968 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gaudete (Rejoice) is a sacred Christmas carol, composed sometime in the 16th century, most likely in reference to Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent. ... All around my hat is a folk song renowned for its recording by Steeleye Span, who brought it to number one in the UK charts in 1975 when released with Black Jack Davey as a B-side. ...

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Introduction

The name Steeleye Span comes from a character in the traditional song Horkstow Grange (which they did not actually record until they released an album by that name in 1998). The song gives an account of a fight between John "Steeleye" Span and John Bowlin, neither of whom are proven to have been real people. Martin Carthy gave Tim Hart the idea to name the band after the song character. When the band discussed names, they decided to vote between the three suggestions "Middlemarch Wait", "Iyubidin's Wait", and "Steeleye Span". Although there were only five members in the band, six ballots appeared and "Steeleye Span" won out. Only in 1978 did Hart confess that he had voted twice. Terry Woods maintains that the members had agreed that if more than one person departed, the remaining members would select a new name, and he was upset that this did not happen when he and Gay Woods left the band. The liner notes for their first album include thanks to Carthy for the name suggestion. See also: 1998 in music (UK) other events of 1998 Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 list of years in music 1990s in music // February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal...


Throughout its long history, Steeleye Span has seen a great many personnel changes but has maintained a strong continuity of tradition. Lead vocalist Maddy Prior was one of the main attractions of the band's music, being one of a handful of strong-but-melodically-voiced women in rock music in the 1970s (along with Sandy Denny, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, Jacqui McShee and Linda Thompson). In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Maddy Prior is a British folk singer. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Annie Haslam Renaissance were an English progressive rock band popular in the 1970s. ... Annie Haslam (born in 1944, in Bolton, Lancashire) is an English progressive rock vocalist and songwriter. ... Jacqui McShee is an English singer. ... Linda Thompson is a British singer. ...


Their typical album is a collection of mostly traditional songs with one or two instrumental tracks of jigs and/or reels added in; the traditional songs often include some of the Child ballads. In their later albums there has been an increased tendency to include music written by the band members, but they have never gotten completely away from the traditional music, which draws upon both the English and the Celtic traditions. The jig (sometimes seen in its French language or Italian language forms gigue or giga) is a folk dance type as well as the accompanying dance tune type, popular in Ireland and Scotland. ... The reel is a folk dance type as well as the accompanying dance tune type. ... The Child Ballads are a collection of 305 ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child. ...


All of their LP-era recordings have now been re-released on CD, many on the Shanachie label, and others on their current label, Park Records. A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... A Compact Disc or CD is an optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio. ... Shanchie Records was founded in 1975 by Richard Nevins and Dan Collins. ... Park Records is a British Record label, based in Oxford, specialising in folk rock and AOR music. ...


The early years

Steeleye Span is like a bus. It goes along, and people get on and get off it. Sometimes the bus goes along the route you want to go, and sometimes it turns off, so you get off.

—Maddy Prior

The Steeleye Span story began in late 1969 when London-born bass player Ashley Hutchings departed Fairport Convention, the band he had co-founded in 1967. Fairport had been involved in a road accident in 1969 in which the drummer, Martin Lamble, was killed and other band members injured. They convalesced in a rented house near Winchester in Hampshire and worked on the album Liege & Lief. Despite the success of the album, Ashley Hutchings and the band's vocalist Sandy Denny left Fairport Convention. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The electric bass guitar (or electric bass) is an electrically-amplified string instrument played with the fingers by plucking, slapping, or using a pick. ... Ashley Stephen Hutchings (born January 26, 1945) is a folk musician. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music 1967 was an important year for psychedelic music, with releases from The Doors (The Doors, Strange Days), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow), the Beatles Sgt. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Winchester is a historic city in southern England, with a population of around 40,000 within a 3 mile radius of its centre. ... Hampshire, sometimes historically Southamptonshire or Hamptonshire, (abbr. ... In between recording and releasing Unhalfbricking, tragedy struck. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ...


In part, Hutchings's departure was because he wanted to pursue a different, more traditional, direction than the other members of Fairport did at that time. However, Fairport's co-founder, guitarist Simon Nicol, says in an interview on the band's website [1]: "Whatever the upfront reasons about musical differences and wanting to concentrate on traditional material, I think the accident was the underlying reason why Ashley felt he couldn't continue with us."


Hutchings' new band was formed after he met established duo Tim Hart and Maddy Prior on the London folk club scene, and the initial lineup was completed by husband and wife team Terry (formerly of Sweeney's Men, later of The Pogues) and Gay Woods. With two female singers, the original lineup was unusual for the time, and indeed, never performed live, as the Woods departed the band shortly after the release of their debut album, Hark! The Village Wait (1970). While recording the album, the five members were all living in the same house, an arrangement that produced considerable tensions particularly between Hart and Prior on the one hand and the Woodses on the other. Gay and Terry were replaced by veteran folk musician Martin Carthy and fiddler Peter Knight in a longer-term lineup that toured small concert venues, and recorded two albums - Please to See the King (1971) and Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again (1972). Tim Hart (born 9th January, 1948) is a retired English folk singer, most well known as a founding member of Steeleye Span. ... Maddy Prior is a British folk singer. ... Terry Woods (born 4 December 1947), in Dublin, is an Irish folk musician, specialising in playing the mandolin and cittern. ... Sweeneys Men was an Irish traditional band. ... The Pogues are a popular band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk movement. ... Gay Woods (b September 1948) is an Irish singer. ... Hark! The Village Wait was the 1970 debut album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: other events of 1970 list of years in music 1970s in music // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... Martin Carthy (born May 21, 1941) is an English folk singer and guitarist who has remained one of the most influential figures in British traditional music, inspiring later artists such as Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson since he emerged as a young musician in the early days of the folk... Peter Knight (b 1947) is a folk musician. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Ten Man Mop or Mr. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties...


A new direction

Shortly after the release of their third album, the band brought in Jo Lustig as their manager who would bring a far more commercial sound to their recordings. At that time, traditionalists Carthy and Hutchings left the band to pursue purely folk projects. Their replacements were electric guitarist Bob Johnson and bass player Rick Kemp, who brought strong rock and blues influences to the sound. Jo Lustig (1925 – 1999) was a music entrepreneur. ... Bob Johnson was a guitarist in British folk rock band Steeleye Span from 1972-77 and 1982-2000. ... Rick Kemp is a British bass player and vocalist, best known for his work with Steeleye Span. ...


Lustig signed them to the Chrysalis record label, for a deal that was to last for ten albums. Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ...


With the release of their fourth album, Below the Salt, later in 1972, the revised lineup had settled on a distinctive electrified rock sound, although they continued to play mostly arrangements of very traditional material, including songs dating back a hundred years or more. Even on the more commercial Parcel of Rogues (1973), the band had no permanent drummer, but in 1973 rock drummer Nigel Pegrum, who had previously recorded with The Small Faces and Uriah Heep, joined them, to harden up their sound (as well as occasionally playing flute). Below the Salt is a 1972 album by Steeleye Span, and considered by many fans to be one of their best. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Parcel of Rogues is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: other events of 1973 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour the Orient. ... Nigel Pegrum is a drummer. ... Small Faces, left to right: Ian McLagan, Steve Marriott, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane For the Scottish film, see Small Faces (film). ... Uriah Heep are an English rock band, formed in 1969 when record producer Gerry Bron invited keyboardist Ken Hensley (previously a member of The Gods and Toe Fat) to join Spice, a band signed to his own Bronze Records label. ...


Also that year, the single 'Gaudete' from Below the Salt belatedly became a Christmas hit single, reaching number 14 in the UK Charts, although the a capella motet, sung entirely in Latin, cannot be considered representative of the band's music, nor the album from which it was taken. This proved to be their commercial breakthrough and saw them performing on Top of the Pops for the first time. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ... Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


Appropriately enough, their sixth album (and sixth member Pegrum's first with the band) was entitled Now We Are Six. Produced by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, the album includes the epic track 'Thomas the Rhymer', which has been a part of the live set ever since. Now We Are Six is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the lead singer of Jethro Tull. ...


Although successful, the album is controversial among some fans for the inclusion of nursery rhymes sung by "The St. Eeleye School Choir" (band members singing in the style of children), and the cover To Know Him is to Love Him, featuring a guest appearance from David Bowie on saxophone. David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


The attempts at humour continued on Commoner's Crown (1975), which included Peter Sellers playing ukelele on the final track, New York Girls. Their seventh album also included the epic ballad 'Long Lankin' and novelty instrumental 'Bach Goes To Limerick'. Commoners Crown is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span, its seventh release overall and the second album with the bands most commerically successful line-up. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... Ukulele The ukulele (pronounced OO-koo-LAY-lay, or the Anglicised YOU-ka-LAY-lee), or uke, is a fretted string instrument which is, in its construction, essentially a smaller, four-stringed version of the guitar. ...


The Mike Batt era

With their star now conspicuously ascendant, the band brought in producer Mike Batt (best known for his musical association with The Wombles) to work on their eighth album, All Around My Hat, and their biggest success would come with the release of the title track as a single — it reached number 5 in the UK Charts in late 1975. Image:MikeBatt. ... The Wombles are fictional characters created by British author Elisabeth Beresford, originally appearing in a series of childrens novels from 1968. ... All around my hat is a folk song renowned for its recording by Steeleye Span, who brought it to number one in the UK charts in 1975 when released with Black Jack Davey as a B-side. ... See also: 1970s in music. ...


The album had a polished, commercial sound, and perfectly captured the flavour of the mid-1970s. Other well-known tracks on the album included Black Jack Davey (sampled by Chav rappers Goldie Lookin Chain on their track The Maggot) and the rocky Hard Times of Old England. Goldie Lookin Chain (often abbreviated to GLC; not to be confused with the American rapper) are a Welsh pop group based in Newport, Wales. ...


This time on Top of the Pops Steeleye performed a lively dance on the stage, with Maddy Prior flouncing around in a long dress with wide sleeves. At this point in their career the band indulged in picturesque clothes, much to the disapproval of the pop press. Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ... Maddy Prior is a British folk singer. ...


But while All Around My Hat was the height of the band's commercial success, the good times were not to last very long. Despite touring almost every year since 1975, they have not had another hit single, nor any success in the album chart since the late 1970s.


The follow-up album Rocket Cottage (1976), also produced by Batt, proved to be a flop, despite having much in common musically with its immediate predecessor. With the advent of punk, the mainstream market seemed to turn away from folk-rock almost overnight, heralding a downturn in commercial fortunes for the band. Rocket Cottage is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: other events of 1976 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 6 - Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive! January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for involuntary manslaughter in... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ...


Thanks to their connection with Mike Batt, band members appeared in Womble costumes on Top of the Pops, performing the Wombles hit Remember you're a Womble, and at least one member of the band – fiddler Peter Knight – is widely accepted to have actually played on the track, although this has never been officially confirmed.


The late 1970s and early 1980s

While they would never regain the commercial success of All Around My Hat, Steeleye remained popular among folk-rock fans, and generally respected within the music industry.


It has been widely reported that Peter Knight and Bob Johnson left the band to work on another project together, The King of Elfland's Daughter. The actual situation was more complex. Chrysalis records agreed to allow Knight and Johnson to work on "King" only as a way to persuade the duo to continue working with Steeleye. Since the record company had no interest in "King" for its own sake, it made no effort to market the album. Chrysalis' ploy failed, however, and Knight and Johnson quit. The King of Elflands Daughter is a 1924 fantasy novel written by Lord Dunsany. ...


Their departure left a significant hole in the band. For the 1977 album Storm Force Ten, early member Martin Carthy rejoined on guitar. When he originally joined the band for its second album, Carthy had tried to persuade the others to bring John Kirkpatrick on board, but the band had chosen Knight instead. This time, Carthy's suggestion was accepted, and Kirkpatrick's accordion replaced Knight's fiddle, which gave the recording a very different texture from the Steeleye sound of previous years. Kirkpatrick's one-man morris dances quickly became one of the highlights of the band's show. This line-up also recorded their first album outside of the studio, Live at Last, before a "split" at the end of the decade that proved to be short-lived. But Carthy and Kirkpatrick had only intended to play with the band for a few months and had no interest in a longer association with the band. See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ... Storm Force Ten is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span, the bands 10th effort, released in 1977. ... John Kirkpatrick is an English player of free reed instruments In London John Kirkpatrick was born in 1947 in Chiswick, West London. ...


The band were contractually obliged to record a final album for the Chrysalis label, and with Carthy and Kirkpatrick not wanting to rejoin the re-formed band, the door was open for Knight and Johnson to return in 1980. The album Sails of Silver saw the band moving away from traditional material to a greater focus on self-penned songs, many with historical or pseudo-folk themes. "Sails" was not a commercial success, in part because Chrysalis chose not to promote the album aggressively, but also because many fans felt uncomfortable with the band's new direction in its choice of material. The failure of the album left Hart unhappy enough that he decided to give up commercial music entirely, in favour of a reclusive life overseas. See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 other events of 1980 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 1 - Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The only other pop music acts to be created MBEs are the Beatles and... Sails of Silver is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...


After Sails of Silver there were to be no new albums for several years, and Steeleye became a part-time touring band. The other members spent much of their time and energy working on their various other projects, and the band went into a fitful hibernation.


In 1981 Isla St Clair presented a series of four television programmes called "The Song and The Story", about the history of some folk songs, which won the Prix Jeunesse. Isla sang the songs, and Steeleye Span did the backing instrumentals. Isla St Clair (born 2 May 1952) is a Scottish singer, actress and former game show assistant. ...


The wilderness years

For much of the 80s, the members of the band tended to focus on outside projects of various sorts. Johnson opened a restaurant and then studied for a degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Pegrum ran a music studio. Prior and Kemp devoted much energy to their own band, recording 4 albums, and also had children together. The result was that the band's output dropped sharply, producing only three albums over the space of ten years (including a concert album), although the band continued touring. The University of Hertfordshire is a modern university based largely in Hatfield, in the county of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, from which the university takes its name. ...


After a quiet spell, the group's 12th studio album (and first without Tim Hart) Back in Line was released on the Flutterby label in 1986. With no "relaunch" as such, the band retained a low profile, although they caused some controversy when they played the song Blackleg Miner in Nottingham. The song originates from Northumberland in the early 20th century, but had been revived due to the 1984-5 strike. The Nottinghamshire coalfield had generally opposed the strike and tensions remained high when the song was performed in 1986. Back in Line is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 1980s in music // January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley) February 11 - Culture Club...


In 1989, two long-term members departed the band. One was bassist Rick Kemp, who needed to recover from a serious shoulder injury, exacerbated by playing bass on stage. His eventual replacement (after two tours, each with a different bassist) was Tim Harries, who was brought in less than two weeks before the band was scheduled to start a tour. A friend of Pegrum's, Harries was a self-taught rock bassist, as well as a classically trained pianist and double bassist. With Harries on board, Steeleye released Tempted and Tried (1989), an album that formed the basis for their live set for many years to come. Tim Harries (born about 1960) is a British bass-player, formerly a member of Steeleye Span. ... Tempted and Tried is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul...


Not long after recording "Tempted", drummer Nigel Pegrum emigrated to Australia for personal relationship reasons. He was replaced by eccentric drummer Liam Genockey of Gillan, easily identified by his long, plaited beard. He and Knight were simultaneously members of "Moire Music", a free-jazz band with a classical flavor, led by Trevor Watts. Unlike Pegrum, who employed a traditional rock drumming style, Genockey favoured a more varied drumming style, influenced by both Irish and African drumming, in which he hit, brushed, and rubbed the various surfaces of his drums and cymbals, creating a more varied range of sounds. Consequently, when the band embarked on their 20th Anniversary Tour, they did so with a totally new rhythm section. The Ian Gillan Band is a side project band of former Deep Purple member Ian Gillan. ...


Both Harries and Genockey were interested in experimenting with the band's sound, and they helped re-energize the other members' interest in Steeleye. The band began reworking some of their earlier material, seeking new approaches to traditional favourites. For example, Johnson experimented with an arrangement of Tam Lin that involved a heavy Bulgarian influence, inspired by Eastern European versions of the Tam Lin legend. In 1992, the band released Tonight's the Night...Live, which demonstrates some of this new energy and direction. The band continued to tour the UK every year, and frequently toured overseas as well. Tonights the Night. ...


Maddy leaves the bus

In 1995, almost all the past and present members of the band reunited for a concert to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band (which would later be released as The Journey ). The only former member not present was founding member Terry Woods.


A by-product of this gig was founding vocalist Gay Woods rejoining the band fulltime, partly because Prior was experiencing vocal problems, and for a while Steeleye toured with two female singers, and released the album Time 1996, their first new studio album in seven years. Time is an album by Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1995 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ...


There were doubts over the future of the band when Maddy Prior announced her departure in 1997, but Steeleye continued in a more productive vein than for many years, with Woods as lead singer, releasing Horkstow Grange (1998), and then Bedlam Born (2000), although without Maddy on board, the band's popularity waned. Fans of Steeleye's "rock" element felt that Horkstow Grange was too quiet and folk-oriented, while fans of the band's "folk" element complained that Bedlam Born was too rock-heavy.[citation needed] Woods received considerable criticism from fans, many of whom did not realize that she was one of the founding members and who compared her singing style unfavorably to Prior's. There was also disagreement among the band about what material to perform; Woods advocated for performing old favourites such as All Around My Hat and Alison Gross, while Johnson favored a set that emphasized their newer material. Horkstow Grange is an album by the English folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) other events of 1998 Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 list of years in music 1990s in music // February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal... Bedlam Born is the 16th studio album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 other events of 2000 list of years in music 2000s in music // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ...


Liam Genockey had also left the band by 1998, and on these albums the drum kit was manned by Dave Mattacks. Dave Mattacks is a rock and folk drummer. ...


Reported difficulties among band members saw a split during the recording of Bedlam Born. Woods reportedly was uncomfortable with the financial arrangements of the band. Health problems forced Johnson into retirement, and for a while the band consisted of just Peter Knight and Tim Harries, plus various guest musicians as they fulfilled live commitments. Rick Kemp then returned to the line-up, during a time when their future seemed uncertain, while Harries was not keen to continue his role.


The comeback tour

In 2002, Steeleye Span reformed with a "classic" lineup, bringing an end to a couple of years of uncertainty. Knight hosted a poll on his website, asking the band's fans which Steeleye songs they would most want to see the band re-record. Armed with the results, Knight persuaded Prior and Genocky to rejoin, coaxed Johnson out of a health-induced retirement, and along with Kemp and Knight, they released Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span (2002), a 2-disc set of new recordings of the songs. Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span is an album by Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 other events of 2002 list of years in music 2000s in music // 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ...


But Bob Johnson's health prevented him from playing live shortly before the 2002 comeback tour, and he was replaced at the eleventh hour on guitar by Ken Nicol, formerly of the Albion Band. Nicol had been talking with Rick Kemp about forming a band when Kemp invited him to play for the tour. Ken Nicol is a British guitar player, vocalist and songwriter. ... Ashley Hutchings (born January 26, 1945) is a folk musician. ...


With Nicol on board, the band released the album They Called Her Babylon early in 2004, and extensively toured the UK, Europe and Australia, and their relatively prolific output continued with the release of the Christmas album 'Winter' later the same year, as the band ended a busy year of touring with a gala performance in London's Palladium theatre. They Called Her Babylon is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) other events of 2004 list of years in music 2000s in music // January 1 Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol January 3 - Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a... The London Palladium in 2004 The London Palladium is one of the most famous of Londons West End theatres. ...


In 2005 Steeleye Span were awarded the Good Tradition Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, while a recent book, Electric Folk by Britta Sweers (2005), devotes much space to the band. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards celebrate outstanding achievement during the previous year within the field of folk music. ...


The band carried out a UK tour in April and May 2006, followed by dates in Europe and an appearance at the 2006 Cropredy Festival. They were the final act on Cropredy's first night. They started with Bonny Black Hare and finished with All Around My Hat with backing vocals from the Cropredy Crowd. The full play list is at Crop Log 2006. The tour was supported by a live album and DVD of their 2004 tour. Cropredy Festival is an annual festival of folk and rock music held on the edge of the village of Cropredy in Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom. ... All around my hat is a folk song renowned for its recording by Steeleye Span, who brought it to number one in the UK charts in 1975 when released with Black Jack Davey as a B-side. ...


Steeleye Span today

In November 2006, Steeleye released their latest studio album Bloody Men. Their Autumn/Winter tour started on 24 November 2006 in Basingstoke and ran until just before Christmas. Bloody Men is the 20th studio album by the British folk-rock band Steeleye Span. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Basingstoke railway station, as seen from Alençon Link. ...


The current line-up consists of Maddy Prior (vocals), Ken Nicol (guitar, vocals), Rick Kemp (bass, vocals), Peter Knight (violin, piano, vocals), and Liam Genockey (drums and percussion), and draws on past and current Steeleye Span repertoire. They usually play to theatres and arts centres but also performs at festivals. A festival or fest is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community. ...


Trivia

When they supported Status Quo on tour in 1996, the latter had just issued their version of "Hat" as a single, and for their encore Maddy joined them on stage to sing it with them. This does not cite any references or sources. ...


The final encore is often Gaudete, a 16th century Latin religious song performed a cappella, an unusual ending for a non-classical modern concert. Gaudete (Rejoice) is a sacred Christmas carol, composed sometime in the 16th century, most likely in reference to Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent. ... (15th century - 16th century - 17th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 16th century was that century which lasted from 1501 to 1600. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...


The single Gaudete is one of only two songs sung in Latin to reach the British Top 50 (the other was Pie Jesu from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem, a Top 10 hit for Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston and later a minor hit for Charlotte Church. In the 1980s Mike Oldfield had a top 10 hit with In Dulci Jubilo but this Latin song was performed as an instrumental.) Gaudete is one of only a handful of a cappella performances to become hit singles. (Another notable example is Only You sung by the Flying Pickets.) When Gaudete was performed on "Top of the Pops", the resident dance troupe walked onto the set in medieval-style robes, holding candles and followed by the members of Steeleye Span. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March 1948) is a highly successful English composer of musical theatre, the elder brother of Julian Lloyd Webber. ... Sarah Brightman (born August 14, 1960) is an English classical crossover soprano, actress and dancer. ... Paul Miles-Kingston (born April 8, 1972, in London, England), is a British singer who achieved fame as a boy soprano classical singer. ... Charlotte Church (born Charlotte Maria Reed on 21 February 1986) is a Welsh pop singer and television presenter who rose to international fame in childhood as a popular classical singer. ... Michael Gordon Oldfield (born May 15, 1953 in Reading, England) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music and more recently dance. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... A song which has charted in one of the worlds music charts, or (if a specialist genre of music) had proven popularity. ...


Terry Pratchett is extremely eclectic in the influences that appear in his fantasy novels. In Monstrous Regiment, page 309, "the Ins-and-Outs, the Side-to-Sides" (regiments) were inspired by "The Ups and Downs" (on Parcel of Rogues ). In Lords and Ladies, page 126, the lines describing the three paths as "All thorns and briars" is from Thomas the Rhymer. When Pratchett appeared on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in 1997, he selected Thomas the Rhymer as one of his choices. He said that a Steeleye Span album was the first folk album he ever bought. When the band won the "Good Tradition Award" at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award in 2004, it was Terry Pratchett who was chosen to present them with it. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Desert Island Discs is a long-running BBC Radio 4 programme. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ...


Discography

Excluding reissues, compilations and 'irregular' live albums.

Studio Albums
Hark! The Village Wait (1970)
Please to See the King (1971)
Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again (1972)
Below the Salt (1972)
Parcel of Rogues (1973)
Now We Are Six (1974)
Commoner's Crown (1975)
All Around My Hat (album) (1975)
Rocket Cottage (1976)
Storm Force Ten (1977)
Sails of Silver (1980)
Back in Line (1986)
Tempted and Tried (1989)
Time (1996)
Horkstow Grange (1998)
Bedlam Born (2000)
Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span (2002)
They Called Her Babylon (2004)
Winter (2004)
Bloody Men (2006)
Live Albums
Live at Last (1978)
Tonight's the Night...Live (1992)
The Collection: Steeleye Span in Concert (1994)
The Journey (1999)
Folk Rock Pioneers in Concert (2006)
Singles
Rave On/ Reels/ Female Drummer (1971)
Jigs and Reels (1972)
John Barleycorn / Bride's Favourite/Tansey's Fancy (1972)
Gaudete / The Holly and The Ivy (1972)
The Mooncoin Jig (1974)
New York Girls/ Two Magicians (1975)
All Around My Hat/ Black Jack Davy (1975)
Rave On/ False Knight On The Road (1976)
Hard Times of England/ Cadgwith Anthem (1976)
London/ Sligo Maid (1976)
Fighting For Strangers/ The Mooncoin Jig (1976)
The Boar's Head Carol/ Gaudete / Some Rival (1977)
Rag Doll/ Saucy Sailor (1978)
Sails of Silver/ Senior Service (1980)
Gone To America/ Let Her Go Down (1981)
Somewhere In London/ Lanercost (1985)
Padstow / First House in Connaught/ Sailor's Bonnet (1989)
Following Me/ Two Butchers (1989)
The Fox/ Jack Hall (1990)
DVDs
Classic Rock Legends (2002)
A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration (2003)
The 35th Anniversary World Tour 2004 (2005)

Hark! The Village Wait was the 1970 debut album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: other events of 1970 list of years in music 1970s in music // Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... See also: 1970 in music, other events of 1971, 1972 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // February 8 - Bob Dylans hour-long documentary film, Eat the Document, premieres at New Yorks Academy of Music. ... Ten Man Mop or Mr. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... Below the Salt is a 1972 album by Steeleye Span, and considered by many fans to be one of their best. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... Parcel of Rogues is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: other events of 1973 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The Rolling Stones plans to tour the Orient. ... Now We Are Six is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... // January - The Ramones form. ... Commoners Crown is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span, its seventh release overall and the second album with the bands most commerically successful line-up. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... All Around My Hat is a 1975 album by Steeleye Span, their eighth and most commercially successful, reaching number 7 on the UK charts, and staying on the charts for 6 months. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Rocket Cottage is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: other events of 1976 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 6 - Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive! January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for involuntary manslaughter in... Storm Force Ten is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span, the bands 10th effort, released in 1977. ... See also: 1976 in music, other events of 1977, 1978 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Queens Bohemian Rhapsody is named The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years by BPI. In this year, the St. ... Sails of Silver is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 other events of 1980 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 1 - Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II. The only other pop music acts to be created MBEs are the Beatles and... Back in Line is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 1980s in music // January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley) February 11 - Culture Club... Tempted and Tried is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul... Time is an album by Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1995 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 8 - Madonnas stalker, Robert Hoskins is found guilty and convicted on five charges of assault, stalking, and threatening to kill the singer. ... Horkstow Grange is an album by the English folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1998 in music (UK) other events of 1998 Musical groups established in 1998 Record labels established in 1998 list of years in music 1990s in music // February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal... Bedlam Born is the 16th studio album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 other events of 2000 list of years in music 2000s in music // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span is an album by Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2002 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2002 Record labels established in 2002 other events of 2002 list of years in music 2000s in music // 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ... They Called Her Babylon is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) other events of 2004 list of years in music 2000s in music // January 1 Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol January 3 - Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a... See also: 2004 in music (UK) other events of 2004 list of years in music 2000s in music // January 1 Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol January 3 - Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a... Bloody Men is the 20th studio album by the British folk-rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 2000s in music. ... Live at Last is an live album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Tonights the Night. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 other events of 1992 list of years in music 1990s in music // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 other events of 1994 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los... See also: 1999 in music (UK) other events of 1999 Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 2000s in music. ... Traffics album John Barleycorn Must Die contains a well known version of the John Barleycorn folksong. ... Gaudete (Rejoice) is a sacred Christmas carol, composed sometime in the 16th century, most likely in reference to Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent. ...

The changing line-Up

Steeleye Span 1: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Terry Woods, Gay Woods, Ashley Hutchings

Dates: 1969-70
Albums: Hark! The Village Wait
Notes: This line-up never performed live.

Steeleye Span 2: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Ashley Hutchings, Martin Carthy, Peter Knight Hark! The Village Wait was the 1970 debut album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1971-72
Albums: Please to See the King, Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again
Notes: This was the first line-up to actually perform live.

Steeleye Span 3: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Rick Kemp This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Ten Man Mop or Mr. ...

Dates: 1972-73
Albums: Below the Salt, Parcel of Rogues

Steeleye Span 4: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum Below the Salt is a 1972 album by Steeleye Span, and considered by many fans to be one of their best. ... Parcel of Rogues is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1973-77
Albums: Now We Are Six, Commoner's Crown, All Around My Hat, Rocket Cottage
Notes: The most commercially successful line-up, as well as the most productive in terms of albums.

Steeleye Span 5: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick Now We Are Six is a book of verses by A. A. Milne, first published in 1927. ... Commoners Crown is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span, its seventh release overall and the second album with the bands most commerically successful line-up. ... All around my hat is a folk song renowned for its recording by Steeleye Span, who brought it to number one in the UK charts in 1975 when released with Black Jack Davey as a B-side. ... Rocket Cottage is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1977-78
Albums: Storm Force Ten, Live at Last (Steeleye Span album)
Notes: The first line-up to feature a returning former member.

Steeleye Span 6: Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson Storm Force Ten is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span, the bands 10th effort, released in 1977. ... Live at Last is an live album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1980-82
Albums: Sails of Silver
Notes: The same line-up as 4.

Steeleye Span 7: Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson Sails of Silver is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1982-86
Albums: Back in Line
Notes: Prior is the only remaining original member.

Steeleye Span 7.1: Maddy Prior, Nigel Pegrum, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Mark Williamson Back in Line is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1986
Albums: None
Notes: This line-up existed for only one tour.

Steeleye Span 7.2: Maddy Prior, Nigel Pegrum, Peter Knight, Bob Johson, Chris Staines

Dates: 1986-87
Albums: None
Notes: This line-up also only existed for touring purposes.

Steeleye Span 8: Maddy Prior, Nigel Pegrum, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Tim Harries

Dates: 1988-89
Albums: Tempted and Tried
Notes: Pegrum departed immediately after recording 'Tempted', so this line-up never toured to support the album it produced.

Steeleye Span 9: Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Tim Harries, Liam Genockey Tempted and Tried is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 1989-95
Albums: Tonight's the Night...Live
Notes: This line-up first toured in support of 'Tempted and Tried'.

Steeleye Span 10: Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Tim Harries, Liam Genockey, Gay Woods, Ashley Hutchings, Martin Carthy, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum, John Kirkpatrick, Michael Gregory Tonights the Night. ...

Dates: 1995
Albums: The Journey
Notes: This line-up was the reunion tour. It included every former member of the band except Terry Woods. Michael Gregory had not played with the band before.

Steeleye Span 11: Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Tim Harries, Liam Genockey, Gay Woods The Journey may refer to: The Journey (abum) (2000), by Ky-Mani Marley The Journey (abum) (2006), by Dj Dani Garza The Journey (film) (1959), starring Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, and Jason Robards The Journey (novel), by Kathryn Lasky Sancharram, whose English language title is The Journey Category: ...

Dates: 1995-97
Albums: Time

Steeleye Span 12: Peter Knight: Bob Johnson, Tim Harries, Gay Woods A pocket watch, a device used to tell time Look up time in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

Dates: 1997-2000
Albums: Horkstow Grange, Bedlam Born
Notes: The first line-up to not feature Maddy Prior.

Steeleye Span 12.1: Peter Knight, Bob Johnson, Gay Woods, Rick Kemp Horkstow Grange is an album by the English folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... Bedlam Born is the 16th studio album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ...

Dates: 2000-01
Albums: None
Notes: This line-up only existed for tourning purposes.

Steeleye Span 12.2: Peter Knight, Tim Harries, Rick Kemp, Terl Bryant

Dates: 2001
Albums: None
Notes: This line-up only existed for touring. Terl Bryant was credited as a special guest.

Steeleye Span 13: Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Maddy Prior, Bob Johnson, Liam Genockey

Dates: 2002
Albums: Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span
Notes: This line-up never toured because of Johnson's health.

Steeleye Span 13:1 Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Maddy Prior, Liam Genockey, Ken Nicol Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span is an album by Steeleye Span, which is frequently mistaken for one of the bands many compilation albums. ...

Dates: 2002
Albums: None
Notes: Ken Nicol replaced Bob Johnson for the tour in support of 'Present'.

Steeleye Span 14: Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Maddy Prior, Liam Genockey, Ken Nicol

Dates: 2003 to Present
Albums: They Called Her Babylon, Winter, Bloody Men

They Called Her Babylon is an album by the folk rock band Steeleye Span. ... Winter is one of the four seasons of temperate zones. ... Bloody Men is the 20th studio album by the British folk-rock band Steeleye Span. ...

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