Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Maddy Pryor and Steeleye Span

I've always had a soft spot for British female folk revival singers like Sandy Denny, June Tabor and especially Steeleye Span's Maddy Pryor. Besides being a great singer Pryor has always had this sauciness to her that really gets to her. That is shown in this promo video of the band performing one of their biggest commercial hits, "All Around My Hat". British folk purists used to hate this record because of its glam rock underpinnings. It was produced by Mike Batt who also did music for a kids' TV show at the time called The Wombles and some of those songs used the same electric boogie rhythm that appears here. Maybe it is a little too bright and shiny. It's still a cool tune.

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