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April 30, 2012 8:00 AM Daylight Video

By Ed Kilgore

Today we have a video featuring those darlings of the English Electric Folk Movement, Steeleye Span, performing the traditional tune “Lark in the Morning” at an Ainsdale Beach festival in 1971. It features hazy camera work and a sleepy or stoned crowd, but also a fine Maddy Prior/Tim Hart vocal duet with Peter Knight on fiddle.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • JohnK on April 30, 2012 8:32 AM:

    Kathleen Geier did a great job this weekend. Doug J over at Balloon Juice is a turd.

  • Ron Byers on April 30, 2012 8:44 AM:

    I thought Kathleen did a good job as well. It seems everybody wants the weekend gig here.

  • Shelly on April 30, 2012 8:59 AM:

    Icksnay on the ideosvay.

  • CharlieM on April 30, 2012 9:27 AM:

    Ah, Steeleye.

    Always liked their version of John Barleycorn

  • Dredd on April 30, 2012 9:32 AM:

    This type of music may get a boost with the awarding of The Medal of Freedom to Bob Dylan.

  • MuddyLee on April 30, 2012 10:07 AM:

    Thumbs up to Kathleen - and to Steeleye Span, both the acoustic and the electric stuff.

    Re CAPTCHA must die.....

  • zandru on April 30, 2012 10:13 AM:

    "Hazy" camera work? I think you mean "out of focus."

  • SteveT on April 30, 2012 11:37 AM:

    For my money the best British alternative group from the Seventies is Renaissance.


    Annie Haslam has one of the best voices in rock music. The reason they never made it big, except for the cult-like following of their fans, is that they're heavily influenced by classical music. They start with a theme, then build, and build, and build some more until the introductions to many of their songs are longer than the radio versions of most pop songs.

  • Michael Robinson on April 30, 2012 12:20 PM:

    Another thumbs up for Kathleen Geier.

    Encore! Encore!

  • liam foote on April 30, 2012 12:51 PM:

    Always loved their earlier music, plus the more revved up mid-80's material like "Sails of Silver" and "The Blacksmith." Marvelous, sophisticated fare.

  • davidp on April 30, 2012 10:26 PM:

    If I remember rightly, Martin Carthy is the singer. Tim Hart is playing the dulcimer.