Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

by Maddy Prior
     
 

Recorded during Steeleye Span Mark II's early days, Summer Solstice -- the most advanced of the three albums that they recorded together early in their careers -- has a very different feel from the Steeleye work of the era. Tim Hart (vocals, guitar, dulcimer, harmonium, psaltery, tabor) and Maddy Prior (vocals) are working with See more details below

Overview

Recorded during Steeleye Span Mark II's early days, Summer Solstice -- the most advanced of the three albums that they recorded together early in their careers -- has a very different feel from the Steeleye work of the era. Tim Hart (vocals, guitar, dulcimer, harmonium, psaltery, tabor) and Maddy Prior (vocals) are working with Sweeney's Men (whence Steeleye Mark I's Terry Woods came) alumnus Andy Irvine and Steeleye Mark I guest drummer Gerry Conway. The sound is mostly fairly spare, just Hart and Prior backed by Irvine on mandolin, John Ryan on string bass, Pat Donaldson on electric bass, and Conway on percussion. The only exception is "Dancing at Whitsun," which features a very tasteful backing orchestral arrangement. Hart and Prior do a version of "False Knight on the Road" that's very different in pacing and nuance from Steeleye's, and a beautiful, droning rendition of "Bring Us in Good Ale." Their voices mesh wonderfully on "Sorry the Day I Was Married," and Prior gets a chance to shine as a solo on "Westron Wynde," "Fly Up My Cock," and the two most Steeleye-like track here, "Cannily, Cannily" and "Three Drunken Maidens."

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/1991
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351794628
catalogNumber:
79046

Tracks

  1. The False Knight On The Road  - Tim Hart  - Maddy Prior
  2. Bring Us in Good Ale  - Maddy Prior
  3. Of All the Birds  - Maddy Prior
  4. I Live Not Where I Love  - Maddy Prior
  5. The Ploughboy and the Cockney  - Maddy Prior
  6. Westron Wynde  - Maddy Prior
  7. Sorry the Day I Was Married  - Maddy Prior
  8. Dancing at Whitsun  - Tim Hart  - Maddy Prior
  9. Fly Up My Cock  - Maddy Prior
  10. Cannily Cannily  - Tim Hart  - Maddy Prior
  11. Adam Catched Eve  - Maddy Prior
  12. Three Drunken Maidens  - Maddy Prior
  13. Serving Girls Holiday  - Maddy Prior

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maddy Prior   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Tim Hart   Indexed Contributor,Dulcimer,Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,Psaltery,Track Performer,Tabor
Andy Irvine   Mandolin
Gerry Conway   Percussion,Drums,Bells
Pat Donaldson   Bass,Electric Bass
John Ryan   Bass

Technical Credits

Tim Hart   Arranger
Maddy Prior   Arranger
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Victor Gamm   Engineer
Robert Kirby   String Arrangements
Sandy Robertson   Producer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Roger Mayer   Engineer
Keith Davis   Illustrations
Sandy Roberton   Producer
Traditional   Composer

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