Maddy Prior

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal World Music

Biography

14 August 1947, Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The daughter of playwright Alan Prior, Maddy is a dedicated and thoroughly professional performer who worked as a roadie for Rev. Gary Davis during the 60s folk scene before forming a successful duo with the traditionalist, Tim Hart. Both were absorbed into Steeleye Span in 1969, and Prior quickly became the group’s focal point and ambassador. When Steeleye Span disbanded in 1978, she signed to Chrysalis Records, and launched her solo career with Woman In The Wings and Changing Winds. Both albums contained several ‘historical ballads’ written by Prior herself. After an unsuccessful tour, for which she was backed by several prominent musicians, she worked with a basic four piece unit, which included her husband Rick Kemp (b. 15 November 1941, Little Handford, Dorset, England; bass), and former Steeleye Span drummer, Nigel Pegrum.

During the 80s, Prior also sang with the re-formed...

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