|Genres:||Folk Folk Holiday & Seasonal|
|Tags:||folk folk rock british folk celtic british|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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The roots of this pivotal English folk rock unit lay in several ill-fated rehearsals between Ashley Hutchings (26 January 1945, Southgate, Middlesex, England; bass, ex-Fairport Convention), Irish trio Sweeneys Men - Terry Woods (b. 4 December 1947, Dublin, Eire; vocals, guitar, mandolin), Johnny Moynihan (vocals/fiddle) and Andy Irvine (vocals/mandolin) - and Woods wife Gay (b. Gabriel Corcoran, 1948, Eire; vocals, concertina, autoharp). When Moynihan and Irvine subsequently retracted, the remaining musicians were joined by Tim Hart (b. 9 January 1948, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England; vocals, guitar, dulcimer, harmonium) and Maddy Prior (b. 14 August 1947, Blackpool, Lancashire, England; vocals), two well-known figures in folk circles. Taking their name from a Lincolnshire wagoner celebrated in the traditional song Horkstow Grange, Steeleye Span began extensive rehearsals before recording the excellent Hark! The Village Wait . This 1970 set...