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Steeleye Span at 50, with Maddy Prior

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, folk rock pioneer Maddy Prior looks back at 50 years of Steeleye Span.

The best folk and acoustic music from Britain and beyond.

This week, folk rock pioneer Maddy Prior looks back at 50 years of Steeleye Span.

The band, formed by Ashley Hutchings after he left Fairport Convention, is releasing an all-new album appropriately titled 'EST'd 1969'.

Steeleye Span became a household name in the 1970s, exposing a huge audience to traditional music through their many appearances on TV and radio.

Past members include Tim Hart, Martin Carthy, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Gay & Terry Woods, Dave Mattacks, Pete Zorn and John Kirkpatrick. Lancashire-born Maddy Prior MBE has been the unmistakable frontwoman for most of the band's remarkable history.

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57 minutes

Music Played

  • Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

    O-U-T Spells Out

    • Hollowbone.
    • Resilient Records.
  • Joan Shelley

    Coming Down For You (feat. Bonnie “Prince” Billy)

    • Like The River Loves The Sea.
  • Steeleye Span

    Harvest

    • EST'd 1969.
    • Park Records.
  • Steeleye Span

    The Blacksmith

    • Hark! The Village Wait.
    • Chrysalis.
  • Steeleye Span

    Hard Times Of Old England

    • All Around My Hat.
  • Steeleye Span

    The Dark Morris Song

    • Wintersmith.
  • Steeleye Span

    Old Matron

    • EST'd 1969.
    • Park Records.
  • Elephant Sessions

    Tyagarah

    • What Makes You.

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