Hark! The Village Wait

Hark! The Village Wait

by Steeleye SpanSteeleye Span

CD(Dutch Import)

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During the 1970s English/Celtic folk revival, Steeleye Span played Pepsi to Fairport Convention's Coke. But while Fairport was essentially a rock band playing trad tunes, Steeleye was and still remains a trad group flirting with the bracing energy of rock. Both groups were sparked to life by the genius of bassist/arranger/provocateur Ashley Hutchings. His heretical notion that trad and rock were natural bedmates was beautifully realized on this first Steeleye outing. "HARK! THE VILLAGE WAIT," recorded in 1971, captures the original Anglo-Irish Steeleye lineup in all its regal, youthful splendor. From the opening four-part harmonies of "A Calling-On Song" through the final banjo plink of "One Night as I Lay on My Bed," this album sparkles with the sterling vocal interplay of thrushes Gay Woods (who shortly after "HARK" flew off with husband Terry to form her own bands and did not return to Steeleye until 1996) and Maddy Prior, forever the reigning queen of the Steeleye legacy. Classics like "The Blacksmith," and "Dark-Eyed Sailor" have now been covered by countless groups. None have ever surpassed the sweet ripple of Steeleye Span's versions.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/28/2009
Label: Ume Imports
UPC: 5050749412515
catalogNumber: 4941251
Rank: 33563

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steeleye Span   Primary Artist
Tim Hart   Dulcimer,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,5-string Banjo,Electric Dulcimer
Maddy Prior   Banjo,Vocals,Dancer,5-string Banjo
Ashley Hutchings   Bass,Electric Bass
Gerry Conway   Drums
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Gay Woods   Autoharp,Concertina,Conductor,Vocals,Bodhran
Terry Woods   Guitar,Mandolin,Concertina,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mandola,5-string Banjo

Technical Credits

Ralph Vaughan Williams   Composer
Maddy Prior   Step Dancing
Steeleye Span   Annotation
Victor Gamm   Engineer
Gay Woods   Step Dancing
Traditional   Composer
Becky Stewart   Reissue Design
David Wells   Sleeve Notes

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