The Steeleye Span 45th Anniversary folking Interview

Steeleye Span 45th Anniversary Tour at G-Live

With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span is not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention, they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums and international tours.

Part of that incredible story has been the individuals that have contributed to the band’s history. Steeleye Span has provided a home for a long list of some of the world’s finest musicians. The current line up of Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Liam Genockey, Julian Littman, Pete Zorn and Jessie May Smart along with older names such as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Harries, Bob Johnson and most recently Peter Knight have all woven their heraldry into the historical fabric of the folk-rock tapestry.

Paul Johnson and I recently caught up with current band members Maddy Prior, Julian Littman, Peter Zorn and  Jessie May Smart during the 45th Anniversary Tour at G-Live in Guildford to celebrate this 45 year landmark.  Click the play button below to listen to the interview.

The video below celebrates the bands most recent album Wintersmith which was recorded in collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett at the end of 2013. The album is based on Pratchett’s Wintersmith novel, which subject matter is completely appropriate for Steeleye, in its tales of ancient rituals and secret folk dances that perfectly complement their previous work whilst taking the band off again in a new and exciting prog-rock direction.

Darren Beech – folkmaster@folking.com

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KRISTA DETOR: FLAT EARTH DIARY

Krista DetorFLAT EARTH DIARY is Krista Detor’s fifth solo release and her first album in four years, featuring none other than genius bassist, Victor Wooten.

FLAT EARTH DIARY was born in the North Channel of Lake Huron, on a chance trip Krista took with some friends. She’d had a handful of songs that were album-worthy, but in four years, couldn’t manage to find the unifying thread, or the pieces that would fill in the blanks – missing continents on a map, if you will. As she sat on the water, with no land in sight, it occurred to her that we humans are unbelievably adaptable. “Not long ago, we were certain that the Earth was flat and that the oceans poured off the edge into the abyss of dark space. Now, we accept as readily the notion that the Earth is round. We’ve all seen the photos, haven’t we? So the question for me became, in that moment, ‘is perception reality?’

There, looking at the endless horizon of water, memories of my childhood began bubbling up – of warm ginger ale in a can; the hand-painted wedding portrait of my parents with the too-pink lips and bright blue eyes; sneaking out in the middle of the night to drive fast; my uncle’s tapestry of the dogs playing poker; my grandmother’s hat with the black feather pIumes… and the most personal album of my career opened its eyes.”

Finally, out on the boat, so far from technology and civilization, came the name and title track, as Krista chose to believe that that her favourite author, Terry Pratchett more than likely has it right: The Earth is a disc and the water pours off into pools of stars; that things are never as bad as we imagine they are, and that in the beginning, there was nothing. Which exploded!

The album includes the return of some amazing musicians and brand new ones – Jason Wilber of the John Prine band, Dena El-Saffar and Tim Moore of Salaam, and David Weber returns as producer and collaborator, with guest production by Rod Taylor. “I could call this album the ‘Bass Album’,” says Detor, “because strangely enough, including Rod, I’ve brought on board an array of great bass players – Steve Mascari, Mike Lindauer, Frank Smith, and one of the finest bass players and musicians that will ever walk planet Earth – Victor Wooten.”  Krista introduces Ariel Horowitz, who’s studying with Itzhak Perlman at Julliard, and is a “17-year-old bad ass,” as well as the brilliant vocalist Amanda Biggs – along with Joe Crookston and countless wonderful singers, players and contributors.

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So what has Krista Detor been doing for the past four years, you ask?  She’s been to Stanford University several times, as part of the Writing and Rhetoric program and as a panel member in a symposium on Arts & Sustainability. She’s produced benefit events for education, animal welfare, sustainability, and this year, for Volunteers in Medicine. In four years, She’s travelled across the world and written roughly 50 compositions, including travel to India to collaborate with students at the American Embassy School on the musical theatre piece, If You Ever Leave; and collaboration on the musical theatre piece, The Breeze Bends the Grass – celebrating the lives of four women artists at the turn of the 20th century.

Discography Solo

Flat Earth Diary             Tightrope  255113         January 14, 2014
Chocolate Paper Suites  Tightrope  255102         March 15, 2010
Cover Their Eyes            Corazong  255102        October 12, 2007
The Silver Wood             Tightrope  TR1107        November 1, 2007
Mudshow                       Corazong  255087        May 5, 2006
A Dream In A Cornfield   Tightrope  KD0130       March 14, 2003

Discography Compilations

The Darwin Project – Shrewsbury Folk Festival    SFFCD 001  August 31 2008
Wilderness Plots           Rosehill    RH111           March 2, 2007