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Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band


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Initial post: 11 Nov 2008 14:22:02 GMT
Sparky says:
I was thinking to go and see these before Christmas as a folky, Christmassy evening would seem like a good way to start the season. Any comments on what they are like ? I am a big fan of early Steeleye stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2008 19:44:39 GMT
Jeff S says:
They are brilliant - even our non-folky son adores them and has an CD.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2008 11:55:50 GMT
A. M. Harvey says:
Absolutely agree.

They played in the magnifdicent setting of our 14th-century church one Christmas. The village was captivated. Perfect with mince pies and mulled wine!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2008 15:59:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Nov 2008 16:00:26 GMT
Sparky says:
Thanks Jeff & AM, looks like I'll risk getting a couple of tickets in that case.
(it's at High Wycombe sometime in Dec. in case you're interested).

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 09:31:14 GMT
D. May says:
Did you see the maddy prior BBC4 session the other night? After being a fan since the early 70s and loosing touch a bit recently, I had to turn it off after about 3 songs. I f the ticket was free, included a pint and there was a possibility of a discovery in the support act (eg billy bragg with the waifs as support), I might be persuaded - reluctantly - to go. Sorry Maddy.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2008 22:59:44 GMT
Ian LEWIS says:
I did the same thing, but then looked at it on i-player and it got much better as she duetted with June Tabor and others.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Dec 2008 12:17:07 GMT
CN says:
I saw them in Birmingham last night. They were wonderful. Now listening to their CD.
Best Christmas show for years and great voices and musicianship.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 01:31:06 GMT
A. M. Pink says:
Have to agree, wasn't it awful, although I did sit through it with my partner, I couldn't believe what I was hearing, was so bad. Glad it wasn't just me. Hopefully it was just a bad day, as I am very fond of some of her earlier recordings, although I haven't listened to them for a while, although maybe I should.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Dec 2008 01:32:29 GMT
A. M. Pink says:
I agree.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2008 16:54:00 GMT
andrewwww says:
Maddy does seem to have lost it. It's like she's going through the motions rather than thinking of the meaning of the song. Perhaps she's got so many thousands of songs in her head that she can't "inhabit" them any more. Added to which, the voice has coarsened considerably. Her BBC Electric Prom was awful and I saw her and the Carnival Band's Christmas Show a few days ago and she was dull in that too. It's a great pity that she hasn't retired.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Apr 2009 23:59:46 BDT
Greetings Andrewww - Of course you will be aware that Maddy Prior was and probably still is 'the voice of ' Steeleye Span - and goes many cameo appearances on television programmes like Songs of Praise. Your use of the word 'lost it' at first glance might be a bit strong given her personal repertoire. It is sometime good that artists 'experiment' or give new life to certain pieces or songs, some work and some do not. I take your point though. Remember there is always the OFF button.

Posted on 30 Apr 2009 12:00:46 BDT
Toffeeman says:
This may be somewhat late. Don't let the comments put you off. The Carnival Band are what she needs to enthuse her and their gigs are great fun. Go if you get the chance.

Posted on 7 May 2009 12:19:33 BDT
Dai Jeffries says:
My last experience of the Carnival Band live on stage was a great disappointment and I'd paid Festival Hall prices for the privilege. Their celebration of John Wesley is dire and their last Christmas album was as weak as the stage show. Maddy on her own, singing traditional songs, still takes some beating though.

Posted on 15 Dec 2009 09:37:22 GMT
Anacrusis says:
carnivals great value for anyone into fusion and pushing the boundaries which is the only place new stuff is done in music.

Maddy's voice in 2008 WAS not as good as it had been, but saw her and Steeleye last night in Bradford and whilst the (seated) audience was rather restrained her voice was great. She has had to lower the pitch of some of the older songs, quite a few of which they performed last night.
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