Rick Kemp

1972-1986; 2000-2016.
Part of the 'Classic' Line-up.

Long standing Bass player Rick joined with Bob Johnson in 1972 to form 'Classic' line-up bringing his Rock background to the group. Rick left in 1986 after a shoulder injury but continued to work with Maddy on a number of her albums, including 'Happy Families' which was released under both their names in 1990. The duo toured frequently during the late 80's early 90's.  He was also a key part of the 'Maddy Prior Band' which released 2 albums in the early 80's and has released five solo albums over the last 20 years (see below). Rick returned to Steeleye in 2000, initially to help out on tour after Bob Johnson left, with Tim Harries moving from Bass to lead guitar. He joined the band permanently again with most of the 'Classic' line up in 2001. In 2016 he retired from Steeleye and now does the occasional solo gig. 

Solo/other work


Rick has a new website (click on the picture) and can be booked for "an evening with" gig, including in your own home! He is also working with ex Steeleye Ken Nicol and Paul Burgess (10cc) for some gigs. 
In 2018 Rick released his 5th solo album, called 'Perfect Blue', available from Fellside records. His first 4 solo albums are harder to find as they are not in print but are well worth hunting down. Escape (1996), Spies (1998), Codes (2004), Fanfare (2009). The first two featured 'Spud' Sinclair, now in Steeleye. Pictures and details are all below.


Rick is prolific songwriter contributing many songs to Steeleye since 1980, right up to 'Dodgy Bastards' where he wrote the brilliant 'Cromwell's Skull'. He contributed significantly to the Back In Line and Wintersmith Albums. Many of his songs were sung by Maddy Prior, with most re recorded on his solo albums. 'Deep in the Darkest Night', 'Heart of Stone', 'Somewhere Along the Road' all appeared frequently in Maddy's repertoire. The later has been sung by many other artists, (including Steeleye in 2015) and a lovely version was sung at the Falklands War 25 year memorial. (video at bottom of page) 

Escape (1996) Fellside Records
Spies (1998) Fellside Records
Codes (2004) Independent label
Fanfare (2009) Own Label
Perfect Blue (2018) Fellside Records

HAPPY FAMILIES (1990) Park Records

During the late 80's and 90's Rick toured extensively with Maddy Prior as a duo. He worked on many oh Maddy's solo albums but this album is the only one they released as a duo. Available via Park Records. 

Rick's (3rd from Right) Skiffle band from the 50's!