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Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior on Cropredy, the 70s and boozing with Status Quo

Steeleye Span are gearing up to play Cropredy - frontwoman Maddy Prior joins us to discuss Aran sweaters, the good old days and drinking Status Quo under the table


Steeleye Span are three years away from being around for 50 years. Few of us do the same thing for such an amount of time.

Well, I got an MBE for it [laughs]. But the line-up has changed and we’ve a vast repertoire. We’re not turning the lathe making the same product every day.

The band became famous during the mid-70s with All Around My Hat. Was it fun?

It was. I loved being on Top Of The Pops. We laughed so much back then. In many ways it was the band’s most enjoyable era. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

Many people think folk rock is all about Aran sweaters and being nicey-nicey.

Oh, that’s rubbish. Some of the tunes are beautiful, but it’s the stuff with great power – lyrically and musically – that does it for me. A song like Long Lankin is just as topical as it was back in 1975 because it addresses the disaffected.

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