Original member and almost ever-present Maddy is now synonymous with the band. Steeleye without Maddy Prior would be almost inconceivable now.
Maddy first started singing in and around St Albans with Mac Mcleod ('Mac and Maddy') initially a leaning towards singing a mainly American Folk repertoire. They did some recording together but it never surfaced unfortunately. Towards the end of 1966 Mac left for Sweden leaving Maddy to go solo for a time singing 3 or 4 songs in Folk Clubs either unaccompanied, or letting her banjo add a little instrumentation. Around the same time, in 1966, working as a roadie for American singers such as 'Blind Gary Davis', and then for Sandy and Jeanie Darlington that she was persuaded by the latter American duo to change her material and sing predominately English songs. Maddy is quoted as saying it was because they told her she was 'crap' (!) at singing American music and should learn the amazing traditional material from her own country and they gave her some tapes to listen to. Whilst starting to appreciate these songs it was then when teamed up with Tim Hart. After three years working with Tim Hart as a folk duo, (see their page HERE) Maddy joined the first Steeleye line-up in 1969 and the rest is history!
Since teaming up with June Tabor in 1976 and starting to release solo albums in 1978, Maddy has enjoyed a wide variety of solo activities outside the band and has amassed a huge back catalogue of solo albums, far too many to list here (yet!). For now we will focus on Maddy's other existing commitments.
Stones Barn Weekend Courses
Along with her daughter Rose-Ellen, Maddy now spends a large part of her non-touring time running various singing, poetry, songwriting and performance weekend workshops for all abilities. It all takes place at Stones Barn, a peaceful rural hideaway in North Cumbria.
Click on the picture for details.
Maddy continues to enjoy an active solo career having released 20+ albums, starting off in 1978 with two albums, plus two more as the 'Maddy Prior Band' in the early 80's. More recently Maddy has toured and worked with Hannah James and Giles Lewis, releasing the album 'Shortwinger' in 2017.
See Maddy's wiki page for full discography and click on the link in the picture to go to the Park Records site to buy this most recent, plus many older albums and for the latest news of new tours & recordings.