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Steeleye Span in Concert (Park PRK CD27)

Steeleye Span in Concert
Steeleye Span

Park Records PRK CD27 (CD, UK, November 1994)

Tracks 1-5 recorded live in 1986 by Steeleye Span Mk 7, engineered by Steve Norris;
Tracks 6-13 recorded live in 1994 (very probably May 1994 in Australia) by Steeleye Span Mk 11, engineered by John Etchells;
Mixed at VM Studios, Oxford by Chris Baylis


Maddy Prior: vocals, spoons;
Bob Johnson: guitar, vocals;
Rick Kemp: bass, vocals [1-5];
Peter Knight: violin, vocals;
Nigel Pegrum: drums [1-5];
Tim Harries: bass, vocals [6-13];
Liam Genockey: drums [6-13]


Live in 1986

  1. The Blacksmith (Roud 816) (6.09)
  2. The Weaver and the Factory Maid (Roud 3085, 17771) (5.03)
  3. Spotted Cow (Roud 956) (4.32)
  4. One Misty Moisty Morning (Roud 20075) (4.38)
  5. King Henry (Roud 3867; Child 32) (6.32)

Live in 1994

  1. The Fox (3.32)
  2. Two Butchers (Roud 17; Laws L4; G/D 2:186; Henry H185) (4.28)
  3. Jack Hall (Roud 369; Laws L5) (4.32)
  4. Canon (1.47)
  5. Shaking of the Sheets (Roud V11404) (4.10)
  6. All Around My Hat (Roud 22518) (4.03)
  7. Tunes (2.55)
  8. Gaudete (2.51)

Sleeve Notes

There are far too many theories about music. Steeleye Span know that well, both cognescenti and critics have debated long and hard on what they’ve created. The band themselves quite sensibly dismiss all this and maintain their music speaks for itself.

Here are Steeleye Span—in fact two different Steeleye Span—doing just that. One from the mid eighties remoulding earlier classics into funky Merrie England groove—immaculate bass from the soon to depart Rick Kemp, roaring guitar courtesy of Bob Johnson, two sparks to a flame which ignites on King Henry.

The other Steeleye, older, more measured, even stately, yet with fresh impertinence. Peter Knight’s carnival violin leading reels or echoing gothic classics with A Canon by Telemann. Maddy Prior—the voice, the constant—relating tales of vulpine trickery, false loves and dances in the beyond. A new backline already adept in those old ethnic rhythms kick on the pace. Play this with the volume up! Disturb the neighbours—why not? This is music. It will endure.

Simon Jones, Folk Roots