British Folk Music Artists – Steeleye Span

Folk music is based on traditions, which have been originally passed orally from person to person, then later printed and recorded. British folk music has a similar spirit as American folk, but it still is more personal and maybe even more universal than its American counterpart. Steeleye Span is one of the popular groups of British folk music artists, whose music is a folk-rock genre. The band was formed in 1969 by Ashley Hutchings and included Simon Nicol, Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, Terry and Gay Woods. Along with Fairport Convention, it is still an active group. Steeleye Span has over the years seen many changes, such as Terry and Gay leaving the group after the group released their debut album, just to be replaced by Martin Carthy and Peter Knight. Yet there is a strong continuity of tradition that they have managed to keep. Their typical albums usually consist of traditional songs and one or two instrumental jigs or reels. In their later albums, it’s been common to include music that is written by the band members themselves. The name Steeleye Span comes from a character in Horkstow Grange, a traditional song which wasn’t recorded until 1998 when the album of the same name was released. Did you know that Steeleye Span collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett? Together they brought Wintersmith, a comic fantasy novel, to life. The novel itself was published in September 2006. These British folk music artists of Steeleye Span has also had three Top 40 albums, as well as a certified gold record, from the sales of “All Around My Hat”.

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