The Harlequin, Redhill
Just occasionally I like to go out on a bit of a limb and to see someone whose output I should know but don’t. An artiste whose music doesn’t bother my collection. This is what brought me to see Steeleye Span – I mean I’d always been aware of them but, apart from the two hit singles, had never bought anything by them. The gig didn’t disappoint – the band took to the stage and Maddy Prior announced that they were going to play the whole of their first album “Hark the village wait” in the first half of the show and then a selection of other songs in the second half. It became immediately apparent that either Maddy Prior has a bit of a cold or that her voice is on the way out as she appeared to be straining a little to get to the high notes a la Ian Anderson. However she has the advantage over Mr Anderson in that she has other vocalists who can fill in when her voice is straining a bit which does mask any shortcomings. The musicianship in the band is astonishing – seven individuals » Continue Reading.