Even with a career that has brought us an incredible twenty-one studio
albums, British folk legends Steeleye Span’s history still includes a
number of records that stand out as landmarks. 1974’s Now We Are Six
was one such moment, an album that saw the band expand both their line
up to a six piece and with it their sound to explore even further their
own unique blend of rock and folk music. A critical and commercial
success, the record would provide a home to a number of band classics
down the years. Thirty-seven years later and Steeleye Span find
themselves at another milestone. Having established the longest serving
line-up of their career, they underwent another change of personnel and
re-emerged as a six piece for the first time in many years. There could
be no better time to go back to that iconic record, performing it in its
entirety alongside a selection of classics, rarities and favourites. The
result was moments of pure Steeleye magic, captured for posterity
1.Seven Hundred Elves
2.Drink Down The Moon
3.Now We Are Six
4.Thomas The Rhymer
5.The Mooncoin Jig (instrumental)
9.Twinkle Little Star
10.To Know Him Is To Love Him
1.Just As The Tide
2.Let Her Go Down
4.Two Constant Lovers
5.Prince Charlie Stewart
6.Cam Ye O'er Frae France
8.Cold Haily, Windy Night
9.Bonny Black Hare
10.All Around My Hat
With a career that has taken in an astounding six
decades, Steeleye Span are not just a legendary name in British music
but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music.
Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention,
they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it
from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums
and international tours.
This being Steeleye Span, however, nothing stays the
same forever and the band approach their 2011 tour with not one but two
new members. Joining Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp and Liam
Genockey are guitarist Julian Littman and multi-instrumentalist Pete
Zorn. Now playing as a six piece for the first time in many years, Steeleye
Span have chosen this tour to revisit one of their most iconic albums, Now
We Are Six– playing the record
in its entirety to open the show. Expect to hear many of the familiar
classics next to gems both old and new, all delivered with a burning
passion and unrivalled experience.
Whilst on tour promoting their new album release 'Copper, Russet and Gold',
Ashley and Ken popped in to visit Park HQ. where their performance was filmed
Here is the link to the Park Records Youtube channel.
Thanks to Park Records for the
21st. Feb,. 2010
KEN NICOL & ASHLEY
AT THE REDGRAVE IN BRISTOL ON 26th. FEB.
The Colston Hall is another venue in Bristol that acts
as box office agent for the Redgrave.
Thanks to David Fells for the information
7th. Feb,. 2010
New Album for Park
COPPER, RUSSET &
Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol’s first time
collaboration. Copper, Russet and Gold. Comprised of all original
compositions that delve into the pairings’ rich musical history. The
expected folk feel is certainly there, but also mixed with splashes of
jazz, blues and rock. Lyrically too the record is a varied experience
with tales of Old England, the misery of supporting a doomed football
team, Sir Francis Drake, GIs in World War II Britain and the beauty of
Paris. Nicol and Hutchings have made a record that glows with warmth,
genuine character and charm.
1. I am Prologue
2. The Five-barred Gate
3. Busy Street
4. Wink Of An eye
5. Down, Down, Down
6. What God Am I?
7. Never The Same Again
8. Sleeveless Errands
9. Drake Went Bowling
10. Copper, Russet And Gold
11. Raggle-taggle Lad
12. I am Epilogue
Two CDs and a DVD to celebrate their entire career.
In a world where bands come and go in the blink of an eye, the enduring
success of Steeleye Span is one of the great stories in rock music. 2009
will see them celebrate an incredible forty years together, an achievement
made all the more remarkable by the fact that the band has seldom been
more active in its career.
At a period in their career when most bands are happy to settle down to
rehashing past glories, Steeleye Span have pushed on with a succession of
acclaimed albums, each seeing them re-define their classic sound.
Official release date 1st June, although will be available from Park
around 24th April.
The pack can be pre-order online at www.parkrecords.com
or over the phone direct on 01865 241717, now!
Who's the fool now?
When I was on horseback
The Neck Belly Reel (Instrumental)
Lovely on the water
Gone to America
The weaver and the factory maid
The three sisters
I live not where I love
Bonny black hare
Hard times of old England
First house in Connaught/The woman of the house
The song will remain
Who's the fool now?
The dreamer and the widow
Today in Bethlehem
Bonny black hare
First house in Connaught/The woman of the house
The unconquered sun
Betsey Bell and Mary Gray
The three sisters
The song will remain
Thanks to Deborah
Walker for the information.
18th. April. 2009
Steeleye Span - Special
Steeleye Span will
continue to celebrate their 40th year Anniversary with a very
special Celebratory show at the Barbican Centre in London.
Guests so far confirmed are Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick,
with more to be announced soon.
Tickets can be purchased now from 0207 6388891 or online at
www.barbican.org.uk, from £10 - £25
On Friday 21st. November BBC4 will
be showing a repeat of Maddy Prior at the Electric Proms at
10.00pm. followed by an episode from Steeleye Span's Electric Folk
series. This one from Penshurt Place in Kent.
As far as I know this Electric
Folk show hasn't been shown since first broadcast in the 1970's.
Liam Genockey and Tim Harries recorded an
album with Mandyleigh Storm on November 2007, live at Dean St
Studios, Soho, London. Produced by Mick Glossop (Van Morrison,
Frank Zappa, The Waterboys etc), and also featured Johnny Scott
(Van Morrison) on guitar, and James Lascelles (Frank Zappa) on
Hammond, mini-moog, piano, hammered dulcimer and percussion.
Maddy Prior will be appearing on BBC4TV
You may be able to get the show on the BBC I Player even if you
cant get BBC4TV
It's to be broadcast on the 24th October at about 10.30pm
It will be a great show with guest spots from Tim Hart and June
Not to be missed.!
Maddy Prior to play BBC Electric Proms
Cecil Sharp House, London - 23rd October 2008
Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior is taking part in the BBC Electric
Proms,playing her critically acclaimed album 'Seven for Old England'
in a special show at Cecil Sharp House. Joining Maddy will be daughter
Rose Kemp and friends & collaborators June Tabor and Tim Hart.
The festival - dedicated to creating new moments in music is an exciting
show for Maddy, following a string of UK dates throughout October. Outside
of being a founder and current member of legendary folk-rock pioneers,
Steeleye Span, Maddy has built a solo career that has made increasing use
of modern studio technology to create a musical landscape that is both
familiar and challenging. In her work with the Carnival Band she has found
herself performing alongside a range of medieval and unusual instruments.
As a writer too, Maddy has continued to explore new ground. Always
inspired by the myths and legends of the British Isles, she has combined
both traditional numbers with her own interpretation and increasingly
complex song cycles. In short, for one of the voices of folk music it has
been a long, long time since Maddy Prior has made a traditional, acoustic
'folk' album. Until now that is. Maddy's new traditional, acoustic album,
which she will be touring in October including the Electric Proms concert,
has met great critical acclaim; Having ensconced herself in Cecil Sharpe
House in London, working through the vast archive of traditional material,
this has grown into a project that sees Maddy both looking forward to a
new exciting chapter as well as revisiting her very earliest days in
This work is perhaps part of a creative journey for Maddy, who has spent
the past few years exploring even more avenues for her incredible talents.
Part of that process has been the development of Stones Barn in the part
of the Scottish borders that she calls home. A magical place set in the
beautiful Cumbrian countryside, Maddy and her team offer a range of
courses from singing to eco-poetry, as well as meditative retreats. Away
from the peace of Stones Barn, Maddy has also undertaken a number of
charity treks in aid of Cancer Research - so far including Peru, Lapland
(dog sledding), Ethiopia, South Africa (the Cederburg Mountains) and
Everest Base Camp. This year's trek will take her to Mustang, next to
So an astonishing career has come full circle. One of the world's purest,
most magical vocalists can finally be being heard in her most natural
form, singing the songs that have inspired her and generations of singers
before her. While the new generation has taken the mantle of acoustic
troubadours and made it their own, this is an opportunity to hear one of
the originators at the peak of her powers.
There will be a
broadcast and interview with Peter Knight and Trevor Watts on the 6th
October, Radio 3 on 'Jazz on 3'. The broadcast time is 23.15 to 01.00
Thanks to Deborah Walker.
As part of the BBC Electric Proms, Maddy Prior
will play Cecil Sharp House alongside daughter Rose Kemp and
friends June Tabor and Tim Hart.
The concert, as part of the festival dedicated to creating new moments in
music, will be an exciting concert for Maddy, with her performing tracks
from her highly reviewed new album, 'Seven for Old England'.
With special guest appearances from Rose, June and Tim this is certainly a
concert not to be missed!
The concert takes place on 23rd October 2008 at Cecil Sharp House, London.
PARK RECORDS have been given the first part of a radio
program documentary that
went out on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire earlier this year.
Maddy Prior - "The Eclectic Light Show"
The 1st Part of BBC documentary, "The Eclectic Light Show"
If you click through from the park front page www.parkrecords.com
and then go on to Film and Radio tab you will find the program and with
luck be able to stream it to your PC
PARK are also doing a give-away of Maddys classic album "Flesh and
Blood" on CD
with any CD or DVD order from www.parkrecords.com
has to be a Park Records
Label item....One CD per Address
Until September 30th.
Thanks to Park Records for the information.
Masterclass with Peter Knight
September 13th and 14th 2008
still a couple of spaces available for any latecomers who may
have been thinking about attending this stimulating event.
If you have
any questions whatsoever about any aspect of this course, please call
Deborah on 07974
842950. You can seek help on anything from course suitability to
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
There was a two part Maddy Prior
Special, broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and is still
on-line until Wed. 18th at:-
It's a very warm and candid conversation
between Maddy and Mandy Morton, mixed with music, and it's
available as a listen again feature until next Wednesday by going to the
website above and clicking on Listen Again, then Eclectic
Light Show; the feature lasts an hour and is in the second half of
Part two of the documentary is next
Wednesday at 7pm, and then available again for another week on listen
Thanks to NICOLA
UPSON for the information.
9th. May. 2008
26th July 2008 at Stanford Hall,
For anyone who is thinking of attending
Spanfest, but would need to Camp, this link is for you! Please do respond
if this facility would help http://www.spanfest.com/news.php
currently looking into the possibility of providing camping facilities for
years Spanfest Folk Day.
It would be a huge help however, if they can gain an idea of numbers etc.
If camping facilities would encourage you to attend the event on 26th
July, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your name, address, phone number and email
address and we will contact you as soon as we have any further news
regarding this issue.
Please put 'SPANFEST CAMPING' as the subject of the email.
24th. April. 2008
Don't forget Ken Nicol's "behind the
scenes" podcasts (some audio and some video) of The Steeleye
Span Spring tour.
Steeleye are now touring and you can catch
all of the podcasts from the Folkcast web site at:-
Ken's new album Initial Variations is now available.
This latest piece of work is totally instrumental, and though it features
mainly steel strung acoustic guitar it also includes the sound of the
classical guitar, dobro, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and even a touch of
Fully endorsed by Judy Dyble, this fine collection of traditional
and contemporary acoustic musings is guaranteed to bring you, the
listener, much happiness and help US raise much needed funds for our Buy A
Brick Appeal. This collection, from accomplished names spanning 2
continents is a must buy. ‘You Must Be Barking - Vol 1’ includes
contributions from names such as, The Cosmic Voices, Shaun T Hunter, Al
Dickinson. Linda Watkins, Roger Davies, Soliloquise, Cynthia Bennett,
Andrey Hirkiy, Hollis Robinson, Tim Moon, Chris & Siobhan Nelson,
Jessica Lombard, Circus Envy Band and Jonathan Taylor. It is a strictly
limited addition, just 2000 copies. You cannot purchase this collection
anywhere else AND the artists concerned are donating ALL FUNDS raised from
its sale to us, The Bulgarian Society for Animal Protection and
Read Judy’s endorsement below:
Yes, I know there are hundreds, if not thousands of animal rescue
charities through out the world and yes, I know that they all have a
million heart-breaking and heart-warming stories to tell, and yes, I know
they all need money to continue their work. So why have I chosen to
endorse this charity, the BSAPP, instead of any of the others? Well I
haven’t. I am just aware that every time a tiny bit of money goes to any
one of these charities then that is one more animal helped. And so…
right now…it’s this one. All the money from this CD will go to help Dr
Stoyanov and his team to re-build his Animal rescue Centre. It will only
take 2000 copies to be sold, (actually 1999 because I’m buying one) and
all the money will be raised. Shouldn’t take much more than a few
minutes to do that, now should it? And what fabulous contributions are on
it, all unique and rare. I am delighted to be able to be a small part of
this wonderful idea.
Judy Dyble - ex Fairport Convention
This compilation was organised by Jonathan
Jonathan Taylor is the Great Grandson
of soprano singer and early recording pioneer Rebecca Johnson (nee
Reece), Grandson of Ivy (nee Johnson) Usher (a play anything by
ear Pianist) and a Cousin of Robert (Bob) Johnson - Steeleye Span
(Though they have met just the once.) My first band ‘Peach’ 'he says,
(Abergavenny) worked without drums but added Saxophone for depth.' ‘Up
here (Halifax), I formed the original line up of ‘Waving Not Drowning’
with Anna (got some good press and released an independent 12") and
afterwards formed ‘The Atom Arc Landslide’ with David. Then John and
I, as ‘Cali’, worked on some traditional South American stuff too.’
He now travels and works solo. 'It's so much easier' he laughs! He has
appeared on Independent Television and BBC / Worldwide radio. His
youth-work CV has included work with Toyah Wilcox (Courtesy of BBC
Manchester.) Debut - The Collection ( A best off from the first 3 albums)
is sold to raise money for the BSAPP, Bulgaria.
The December edition of FolkCast
is out now, and we're looking back over the year and picking out a few of
our favourite artists from 2007, playing new songs from each of them. Also
available is an interview with Ashley Hutchings, who tells us about
the latest - and last - of his acclaimed Morris On albums: The Mother
Of All Morris. Download the shows for free from
to Barry Howard, Deborah Walker and Oliver King for this information
24th. July. 2007.
Steeleye Span have a download only single! Lord
Elgin Album Mix and Lord Elgin Live mix taken from the December
06 tour out 30th July you can pre order this from the Park Digital
Also the acoustic stage line up for Spanfest
is now on the Spanfest Web Site! www.spanfest.com
After over thirty years playing festivals around the world, folk
legends Steeleye Span will take the logical, if overdue, step of
curating their own event. The inaugural Spanfest will take place on
27th & 28th July in the stunning location of Suffolk's
Over the course of their long and illustrious career, Steeleye Span
have become one of the most influential names in British roots music.
Pioneers of folk- rock, the band changed the face of folk music forever,
taking it into the world of gold discs and international tours. With
members past and present reading like a who's who of folk music, Steeleye
has always remained at the forefront of the genre.
Their powerful and dramatic live show has graced festival venues such
as Leeds Castle, Cambridge, Glastonbury, Roskilde, Sidmouth and Cropredy. Spanfest
will be their only UK date this year. In keeping with the special nature
of the event, Spanfest's supporting bill will feature some of both
the most exciting new and long established names on the British folk
scene, as well as reflecting the extended Steeleye Span family
tree. Headlining on Friday 27th will be the extraordinary Bellowhead,
the band who have created perhaps the biggest stir in folk music for
years. An eleven member riot of sounds and visuals, they recently picked
up the awards for best live act and best group at the BBC Folk Awards.
Joining the bill on Saturday 28th are the Oysterband, one of the
many bands in music today to have been inspired by Steeleye's
fusion of the traditional with rock. Emerging from their roots as a
ceilidh band in the late 1980s, the Oysterband have become standard
bearers for British folk music, bringing the bite of their own social
commentary to proceedings. Their latest album, Meet You There, finds them
in the best form of their career. This being a band with such an expansive
history, however, it is members of Steeleye Span past and present
that form much of the bill. Maddy Prior will appear with long time
solo cohorts Nick Holland and Troy Donockley to perform
material from the Holy Grail inspired The Quest, as well as hosting
workshops; Peter Knight will play with both Tanna and Feast
of Fiddles, Rick Kemp with Whapweasel; Ken Nicol will play a
solo set; and in a nod to history founder member Ashley Hutchings
will bring his band the Rainbow Chasers to proceedings.
Yet Spanfest is also about looking forward. Alongside Bellowhead,
the event will feature Katie Doherty, one of the brightest young
names on the folk music scene. She is one of a growing number of young
performers who take inspiration from the tradition yet write and create
their own material. As with Kate Rusby, Jim Moray and Bill Jones, Doherty
is able to invoke a world of mystery, intrigue and timeless magic that
would honour any classic folk song. Doherty is very much a product
of the new world of traditional music. So far in a short career she has
taken part in the Nu Routes showcase tour alongside Kathryn
Tickell, graduated with a first class honours degree in folk music
(followed by a Masters) and completed a residency with the renowned
musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney.
In addition to all this, Spanfest will feature a new acoustic
showcase, Morris displays and craft and food stalls, all in one of the
most beautiful locations in the country. As befits an event celebrating a
very British institution, the patron of the festival is author Terry
Pratchett. Renowned for his fantasy novels, Pratchett is a huge
fan of Steeleye Span and presented them with their Good Tradition
Award at the 2005 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards. It may have been nearly forty
years in the creation, but this looks set to become one of the most
essential fixtures on the calendar.
You can now download music from the Park Records web
Click the banner.
A Celebration of Charles Wesley 1707-1788 Spring
2007 will see the return of one of the most enduring and endearing
partnerships in English music, that of Maddy Prior and the Carnival
Best known for their sell out Christmas carols
tours, the pairing are now set to undertake a celebration of the 300th
anniversary of one of the key influences on their work, Charles Wesley.
Born in 1707, Charles Wesley (along with his brother John) went
onto become one of the most important figures in religious music. He wrote
a staggering 9,000 hymns, many of which are still popular today -
including Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Love Divine All Loves Excelling
and Rejoice, The Lord Is King. To say that he revolutionised the way that
music was used in church is not an overstatement as hymns were strictly
illegal in parishes at the turn of the eighteenth century.
Wesley aimed his compositions at the working
classes and his hymns were often sung at large open air gatherings. By
using emotional, vigorous language to express religious thought Wesley
turned much of the Church world upside down. In 1995 he was inducted into
the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, an indication of his wide reaching
It is not surprising that Maddy Prior and the Carnival
Band have taken such inspiration from Wesley. They have always
revelled in taking music from down the ages and turning it into something
that is both new and familiar, yet always imbued with the spirit of
carnival. It is an approach that has made their concert tours such
Their 2007 outing looks set to be no exception, a mixture
of sacred and secular material from the eighteenth century featuring
songs, ballads and dance tunes, all delivered in their own inimitable
style. Paradise Found available on line from www.parkrecords.com
1.Bonny Black Hare
2.The Story of the Scullion King
3.The Dreamer and the Widow
5.The 3 Sisters
6.The 1st House in Connaught
7.Cold Haily Windy Night
9.Demon of the Well
1. Ned Ludd Part 1 (Inclosure)
2.Ned Ludd Part 2 (Rural Retreat)
3.Ned Ludd Part 3 (Ned Ludd)
4.Ned Ludd Part 4 (Prelude to Peterloo)
5.Ned Ludd Part 5 (Peterloo the Day)
1. King Henry
3. Prince Charlie
4. Nights Drunk
5. Who Told The Butcher?
6. Mantle of Green
7. Long Lankin
9. All Around My Hat
1. Tam Lin
2. Let Her Go Down
3. Liam Drum Solo
4. Drink Down The Moon / The Cuckoo
5. Si Beg Si Mohr
6. Betsy Bell & Mary Grey
7. They Called Her Babylon
8. Blackleg Miner
9. Sir James the Rose
10. Van Diemans Land
11. Cam Ye O’er Frae France
Masters in the Hall
Sans Day Carol
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
Charpentier's Christmas Stomp
Let an Anthem of Praise
Round Of Animals
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
The Sussex Carrol
Watts Cradle Song
Entre Le Boeuf
Charpentier's Christmas Swing
The Carnal and the Crane
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Angels from the Realms of Glory
While Shepherds Watched
The first DVD from Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band captures
all the colour, stories, humour and song of their now famous Christmas
tours. Their approach to the music of the season is both at once unique
and familiar, presenting tunes from across the world’s musical history
alongside their own interpretations of some of the most well known
carols of all. At its heart, however, lies the irresistible joy and
celebration that has characterised Christmas music down the ages,
delivered by perhaps it’s finest practioners. The voice of Steeleye
Span meets the music of the Middle Ages and beyond in an
unforgettable package. Exclusive interviews with all involved reveal the
history behind the music and this most enduring of partnerships.
1.Masters in the Hall
2.The Sans Day Carol
3.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5.This Endris Night
6.Noels (M. Charpentier's Christmas Stomp)
7.Let an Anthem of Praise
10.Round of theAnimals
2.It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
3.The Sussex Carrol
5.Entre Le Boeuf
6.Noels (M. Charpentier's Christmas Swing)
7.Dratenik (Tinker Polka)
8.The Carnal and the Crane
9.Ding Dong Merrily on High
11.I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
12.Poor Little Jesus
1. Angels from the Realms of Glory
2.Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Interview
Ken has recently completed and released a new
CD 'Thirteen Reasons'. The
album, in its eclecticism, is undoubtedly the most accurate representation
of Ken's approach to music; with its solo acoustic instrumentals, electric
folk-rock, country flavour songs, bluegrass banjo & mandolin picking,
steel slide guitar playing, stories, ballads, light-hearted pieces, and
even a George Formby-esque ukulele track. The album also features guest
appearances from some of the greats of the UK folk scene.
To read more about 'Thirteen Reasons' and about the official launch on
Friday 11th November, click here.........
1 Sheath & Knife
2 Hind Horn
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
11 The Duke of Marlborough
12 Lark in the morning
3 Salisbury Plain
4 Yellow Handkerchief
5 John Barleycorn
6 Haul her Away
7 Cropper Lads
8 Liverpool Judies
9 Saucy Sailor
10 Deep in the Darkest Night
11 The Fabled Hare
a. I sall goe intil a Hare
b. Ruled by the Moon
c. Scent of a Dog
d. Winter Wakeneth
e The Hare Said
Britta Sweers's Electric
The Changing Face of Traditional English Music.
Folk: Revival and Transformation of English Traditional Music is
the UK title)
Paperback 320 pages (February 2005) Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, USA ISBN: 019517478X
Its release was delayed until now. The Book analyses
the creation of the English electric folk movement in the 1960s and the
influence it has had on music around the world. Sweers
extensively discusses the contributions of Steeleye Span,Fairport
Convention, and Pentangle to this genre.
She defines what electric folk is and how it altered
traditional English music. Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Martin Carthy,
Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, and Shirley Collins were all
interviewed for this book. Sweers also discuses the English
electric folk and folk-rock movements of today, and their
interrelationship to other forms of music around the world. Anyone
who is a fan of Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention will
want this book in their collection.