Steeleye Spans Maddy Prior to play at Ropery Hall
Maddy Prior, perhaps best known as vocalist in folk rock band Steeleye Span, is appearing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall in mid-April in the company of two more folk aficionados Hannah James and Giles Lewin.
Maddy who began singing in her early teens hasn’t stopped since. After forming a duo with Tim Hart in the mid-sixties, the pair were part of the debut line up of Steeleye Span and remained with the band until the early 1980s, when Hart was forced into semi-retirement. A brief sabbatical after the well received Time album aside, Prior has been the one of the band’s constants – her voice guiding them through a variety of styles, from her beloved traditional music to rock and pop.
Outside of the band, Maddy has a long history of collaborations and a successful solo career. Forming the Silly Sisters with June Tabor at the height of Steeleye’s success in the 1970s, her work has included a delightful series of albums and tours with The Carnival Band, the trio Maddy & The Girls as well as appearances with many of the musicians who she has inspired over the years
“Over the course of her remarkable career, Maddy Prior has made it her mission to work with some of the most exceptional musicians in the world – both within Steeleye Span and beyond,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk. “To that noted list she has added accordion player, singer and clog dancer Hannah James, who has appeared previously here alongside Sam Sweeney and multi-instrumentalist Giles Lewin of Bellowhead and the Carnival Band, to form a trio that explores the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe.”
Together the trio included in their debut album 3 for Joy 14th century poems, tales of the industrial revolution from Ulster and music from the Southern Baptist Church tradition while their latest album, Shortwinger, is themed on the wild field, mainly concerned with birds, hares and their place in folk mythology.
At the gig the trio will be performing songs from both albums as well as highlights from Maddy’s solo and band career – all presented in a daring acoustic style that enhances one of the finest voices this country has ever produced.
The gig is on Monday, April 16 starting at 8pm and tickets cost £16 in advance or £18 on the door although the show is expected to sell out quickly. Tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person from The Ropewalk’s Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.