Steeleye Span

Electrified folk group from London with many so-called traditionals on the repertoire.

They looked into that repertoire for their band name: the song Horkstow Grange (subtitle The Miser and His Man - a local tragedy) tells the story of foreman John Bowlin who quarrels with a wagon driver, John 'Steeleye' Span.

A scrap:

Explanation of band name Steeleye Span - Wagon and driver'John Bowlin's deeds they will be remembered
Bowlin's deeds at Horkstow Grange

With a blackthorn stick old Steeleye struck him
Oftens had threatened him before

John Bowlin' he turned round all in a passion
Knocked old Steeleye on to the floor

Steeleye Span, he was felled by John Bowlin
It happened to be on a market day

Steeleye swore with all his vengeance
He would swear his life away.'

Active: 1969-present, GBR
Site: http://www.maddyprior.co.uk/mpss.htm

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