PETER KNIGHT - BOB JOHNSON - TIM HARRIES - GAY WOODS
Drums: Dave Mattacks
Produced by Steeleye Span
Recorded at Warehouse Studio Oxford
Engineer - Steve Watkins
Mixed and Mastered by John Etchells
The first Steeleye Span album with no Maddy Prior. Liam Genockey had also left the band and so Dave Mattacks guested on drums. Initially the album was recorded with no drums. The band later decided some tracks needed them and so Dave was brought in late to add some percussion. Despite this the album still has the most 'acoustic' feel for just about any Steeleye album.
With Gay's influence there are 5 Irish songs, a record for a Steeleye album.
Horkstow Grange is of course the ballad from which Martin Carthy picked out the name John 'Steeleye' Span from and suggested it to Tim Hart as a potential name for the new band Tim was helping form.
The album has 4 songs never played live and due to all the band changes, nothing has survived into the reunion line up in 2002. With no official live releases from this line up it also means we can't hear these songs sung live anywhere, which is not the case with any other album.
“Confounds all reckoning by sun
Or star as turf-smoke drifts,
Blue bitterness at dusk, and cabins
Kneel in clusters to the dark.”
(Norman Dugdale, an Englishman who lived in Ireland for nearly 50 years).
The “music box” tune in between the verses is called Hunsden House. Peter used this tune to accompany the 1997 Steeleye live track 'Room For Company' which did you appear on any album