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Stepping Stones Festival 12th - 13th June 2015

Stepping Stones Festival at Kirklinton Hall 12 - 13th June. With The Hefted (Maddy And Friends), Rura, Blackbeards Tea Party, Mountain Firework Company, Hannah James and Tuulikki Bartosik, The Furrow Collective, Jessie May Smart & Co, Folk Nations, The Mischa McPherson Trio, Michael Chapman. Tickets and more information available from and

Festival tour dates available on tour page.

Maddys Little Trip Out and Stones Barn CD info available here.

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band
25th Anniversary Workshops and Concerts
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic recording A Tapestry of Carols and a quarter of a century of joyous music-making, Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band invite you to sing with them on their Carols and Capers tour at one of these venues - The Sage Gateshead, Birmingham Town Hall or Salisbury City Hall. Each choir will be rehearsed in a one-day workshop in October and then join Maddy and The Carnival Band on stage in December. Click here for more info...

Stepping Stones Festival   5 - 6th May 2012

A celebration of 10 years of music at stones barn.  Keep checking for more information!

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band 
Carols & Capers 2010

Tour Complete

Maddy Prior, Benji Kirkpatrick & Giles Lewin
Back to the Tradition Autumn Tour 2010
Tour Complete

Maddy Prior & Nick Hennessey
Tour Complete

Tim Hart - Singing for Fun - Steeleye Span 40th Anniversary Tour - BBC4 Maddy Prior Night -

photo - Oliver Weber

Tim Hart 1948 - 2009

LONDON (Reuters) - Tim Hart, one of the founder members of British folk-rock group Steeleye Span, has died of lung cancer, the band's record company said on Wednesday. Hart, 61, died on Dec 24 in the home he had made in Spain's Canary Islands after retiring from the music scene in the 1980s, John Dagnell, managing director of independent label Park Records in England told Reuters.

"Tim died on Christmas Eve. It is a sad loss. It came as a shock to us as we did not realise his illness was so far advanced," Dagnell said. Hart, who had devoted the latter part of his life to photography, was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago. Steeleye Span, best known for the hit records "All Around My Hat" and "Gaudete", was formed in 1969 when Hart and singer Maddy Prior teamed up with ex-Fairport Convention bass player Ashley Hutchings.

The band made more than 12 albums before most of its members went their separate ways in the late 1980s but they reformed, without Hart, for UK tours in 2006 and for a 40th anniversary tour in 2009. Hart performed with Maddy Prior in England in October 2008 and Park Records has been working on a re-release of his 1981 album of nursery rhymes.

Hart devoted his life to wild-life photography after moving to the small Canary Island of La Gomera in the late 1980s. His work as a photographer included putting together an English guidebook for tourists. "In what now feels like a previous life, I once spent sixteen years as a member of the English folk-rock band Steeleye Span," Hart wrote on his web site.

"As the Everly Brothers so rightly sang 'We did it for the stories we could tell'. But after a few years of travelling too-fast around the world I got myself a camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, in order to provide a more substantial, and accurate, archive of memories."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

Reuters Website

Tim Hart Photography


Article in the Guardian

'Singing for Fun' July 3rd - 5th 09 top

Fully residential 'Singing for Fun' weekend with Maddy Prior and Abbie Lathe in beautifully renovated 17th century barn in South Shropshire, July 3-5th 2009

Beautiful and fun, clearly taught harmony songs from around the world, tips on vocal technique and a friendly non-judgmental atmosphere in which to explore your voice.260 includes all meals, tuition and shared twin room accomodation from friday 5p.m til sunday lunch. Comfortable rooms, delicious home-cooked food and of course the usual helping of hilarity!    

All songs will be taught by ear so musical knowledge not necessary

For more info and booking, look up:    

Maddy and Steeleye Span on BBC4

Following on from the rousing Electric Proms set the BBC is now having a Maddy Prior Night in all but name.

On Friday 21st November BBC4 is showing a repeat of one of the excellent Folk Britannia series to set the scene, 60mins of Maddy Prior at the Electric Proms and a 30 minute set from Steeleye Span originally broadcast as part of the BBC's 70's Electric Folk series.

Available via freeview, but will be available online via the BBC iplayer for limited period afterwards and may well be repeated on BBC2 at a future date.


9pm Folk Britannia Rise of 1960's folk rock

10pm Maddy Prior at the Electric Proms Maddy performs songs from Seven for Old England album

11pm Electric Folk: Steeleye Span 1974 set from Penshurst Place in Kent accompanied by Albion Morris Men.

information on the Electric Proms gig

Maddy Prior Profile on BBC


Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band Carols & Capers 2008

A unique celebratory show of Christmas music on renaissance and modern instruments.  Maddy and the Carnival Band put their inimitable stamp on familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare, from favourites like The Holly and the Ivy and I Saw Three Ships to secular carols, such as The Boar’s Head, and dance tunes like Old Joe Clark.

Mon 1st December Town Hall, High Wycombe 01494 512000 - website
Tue 2nd December The Stables, Milton Keynes 01908 280800 - website
Wed 3rd December St Georges, Bristol 0845 40 24 001 - website
Fri 5th December Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich 01473 433100 - website
Sat 6th December Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford

01322 291100 - website

Mon 8th December Town Hall, Oxford
01865 241717
Tue 9th December Borough Theatre, Abergavenny 01873 850805 - website
Wed 10th December Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury 01684 295074 - website
Thur 11th December Cadogan Hall, London 020 7730 4500 - website
Fri 12th December Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn 01553 764864 - website
Sun 14th December New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 023 9264 9000 - website
Mon 15th December Hove Centre, Hove 0844 847 1515 - website
Tue 16th December City Hall, Salisbury 01722 434434 - website
Wed 17th December Reading Concert Hall, Reading

0118 939 9809 - website

Thur 18th December Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham 0121 780 3333 - website
Sat 20th December The Sage Gateshead 0191 443 4661 - website
Sun 21st December Southport Arts Centre, Southport 01704 540011 - website
Mon 22nd December St Georges Hall, Bradford 01274 432000 - website

As part of the 2008 Electric Proms Maddy is playing Cecil Sharp House on Thurs 23rd October alongside daughter Rose Kemp and friends June Tabor and Tim Hart.

The concert is being broadcast on BBC4 on Friday 24th October at 10.30pm and will be available afterwards on the BBCi player



The Carnival Band

Around The World in 80 Tunes

Roadhead Hall

Friday 7th November 2008


details: 07763 414 037 -

This is a unique opportunity to see the band in an intimate setting and experience 80 tunes in one evening!

Spanfest 2008 Photos

Photos from Spanfest

Maddy Prior Live 2008

Maddy tour dates for October have changed slightly and a new date has been added in Colchester click here to view dates

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Tour in December more information to be announced

Spanfest 2008 Folk Day

New venue for the 2008 Folk Day. Spanfest 08 will be on Saturday 26th July at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire. click here for Spanfest website

Seven For Old England CD 2008

I have recorded a traditional acoustic CD, following a few dates in March with Benji Kirkpatrick and Giles Lewin, a more comprehensive tour is to follow in the autumn. The project is called 'Seven for Old England' and references my first LPs with Tim Hart, 'Folksongs of Olde England Vols 1 & 2'. The 'e' on Olde was never popular with either of us the first time round.

The title comes from the magpie rhyme:
                        One for sorrow
                        Two for joy
                        Three for a wedding
                        Four for a boy
                        Five for a fiddler
                        Six for a dance
                        Seven for Old England
                        And eight for France.

This is different from the one most people are familiar with from the TV programme, and I don’t know where it came from, but it’s firmly stuck in my mind. There is an assortment of material here, some I remember from childhood, written pieces from Playford’s Dancing Master, although I didn’t know that at the time. Incidentally, one of my family names is Playford, a quite unusual name. Other songs I remember friends from the revival performing. Some I have come across in books, some in Cecil Sharp House, that bastion of traditional music.

Benji and Giles have put perfect accompaniments, drawing out the individual styles of each piece and lifting them to joyous and delicious heights. Benji’s dad John is to join us on certain tracks, and Giles is writing some string parts. Some are sweet, some ribald, some solemn, some earthy and some poignant, but all great to sing. I look forward to touring with them.

Maddy Prior

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