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Maddy does nearly all the singing although Tim gets some solos (The ploughboy and the Cockney, Dancing at Whitsun) and joins Maddy on other songs (Of all the birds, Westron wynds, Sorry the day I was married, Adam catched Eve). Tim is mainly preoccupied playing guitars, dulcimer, harmonium, psaltery and tabor. Other musicians (not from Steeleye Span) play mandolin, string bass, percussion, bells and electric bass. This may seem a lot of instruments for a traditional folk album but of course, they aren't all used on the same tracks. Quite rightly, the dominant instrument here is Maddy's superb voice, one of the finest that has ever graced the world of folk music.
Among the highlights are The false knights on the road, I live not where I love, Three drunken maidens and Serving girls holiday. If you enjoy traditional folk music, you will surely enjoy this fine collection.
Unlike the rock elements (drums and electric guitars) introduced into Steeleye Span recordings, this is an unplugged affair with Hart on guitars and dulcimer. Vocal chores are split between Hart and Prior, sometimes singing solo (Prior on the delicate "The False Knight on the Road" and "I Live Not Where I Love," Hart on "The Ploughboy and the Cockney" and the haunting "Dancing at Whitsun") and occasionally singing duet ("Of All the Birds," "Westron Wynde," "Sorry the Day I Was Married" and "Adam Catched Eve").
Hart and Prior are augmented by Andy Irvine on mandolin (he would later form the celtic band Planxty), John Ryan on string bass, Gerry Conway on percussion and bells, and Pat Donaldson on electric bass.
All told, this is English folk of the highest order. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Summer Solstice is delightful. All acoustic, with 2 engaging voices, plenty of spunk, lively traditional rhythm, and an alternate version of one of my favorite Steeleye songs, False Knight on the Road -- here a gorgeous full-throated Maddy Prior solo. (On Please to See the King, it's a fast-talking riddle-song duet between 2 men, I'm not sure who -- the CD I have doesn't list credits.) Most of the songs and snippets of song are traditional, and the one or two that are modern fit in well with the others. I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes traditional acoustic music.
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Be careful! The CD whose image you see here - and which you will receive if you order it - has nothing whatsoever to do with Maddy Prior or Tim Hart. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brianna Sollandry
Lilting and romantic collection conjuring images of formalized courtship from the time of maidens, knights, chastity belts and men in tight. Read morePublished on February 25, 2003 by Jim Neill
I was given a (bad) copy of this CD on tape a long time ago. I have since worn it out because I love it so much. Read morePublished on February 16, 2002