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Ageless folk singer back on road in new band
She's had one of the best and most distinctive singing voices for the best part of half a century, but Maddy Prior shows no sign of easing up as she embarks on a new UK tour - and in a new format. Maddy is the long-serving lead singer of legendary English folk band Steeleye Span which formed way back in 1969. Steeleye, who produced outstanding hit singles Gaudete and All Around My Hat during a career that led to four Top 40 albums, are still active today. But Maddy, as well as a successful solo career, is now back on the road with her new three-piece band. And they will be entertaining folk music fans in Staffordshire on Saturday 21st April when they perform at the Lichfield Guildhall.

Maddy Prior
Maddy Prior is on the road again

Over the course of her remarkable and successful career, Maddy Prior has managed to work with some of the most exceptional musicians around, both in the UK and from around the world. And she has now added two further names to that impressive list in the form of singer, accordion player and clog dancer Hannah James and multi-instrumentalist Giles Lewin, who has performed with both Bellowhead and The Carnival Band. Together, they form a trio that aims to explore the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe. The band's debut album, entitled 3 for Joy, took 14th century poems, tales of the industrial revolution from Ulster, and music from the Southern Baptist Church tradition, while their latest release - Shortwinger - is themed on the wild fields with a particular focus on birds and hares and their place in folk mythology.

Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Steeleye Span
Maddy performing with Peter Knight as Steeleye Span in 2006. By Brian Marks - Steeleye Span, CC BY 2.0,

Maddy, Hannah and Giles will be performing songs from both of their first two albums as well as highlights from Maddy's solo and Steeleye Span careers. The trio will be performing at Lichfield Guildhall on Saturday 21st April. Tickets priced £18 are available by visiting or by calling the box office on 01543 262223.

Lichfield Guildhall
The Guildhall in Lichfield will be home to Maddy Prior and friends

Forthcoming UK dates

April 14 Playhouse Halifax 01422 365998
April 15 Civic Theatre Rotherham 01709 823621
April 16 Ropewalk Barton upon Humber 01652 660380
April 17 National Centre for Early Music York 01904 658338
April 18 LU Arts Loughborough 01509 222881
April 20 Landmark Arts Centre Teddington 020 8977 7558
April 21 The Guildhall Lichfield 01543 262223
April 22 Abbey Theatre & Arts Centre Nuneaton 07841 923721
April 24 Forest Arts Centre New Milton 01425 619983
April 26 Spring Arts & Heritage Centre Havant 023 9247 2700
April 27 Astor Community Theatre Deal 01304 370220
April 28 Colchester Arts Centre Colchester 01206 500900
April 29 The Tithe Barn Bishop's Cleeve 0333 666 3366

May 2 Dorchester Arts Centre 01305 266926
May 3 Chapel Arts Centre Bath 01225 461700
May 4 Ropetackle Arts Centre Shoreham By Sea 01273 464440
May 5 Shaftesbury Arts Centre Dorset 01747 854321
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Why? Folk Legend Maddy Prior Back On The Road
When: Saturday 21 April
Phone: 01543 262223
Where: Lichfield Guildhall, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LU
Cost: Tickets £18
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