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1[[quoteright:306:]]²[[caption-width-right:306:The band in 2009.]]²²A FolkRock band that formed in England in 1969, which, along with Music/FairportConvention, was one of the pioneers of the British version of FolkRock.²²!!Studio Discography:²* ''Hark! The Village Wait'' (1970)²* ''Please to See the King'' (1971)²* ''Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again'' (1971)²* ''Below the Salt'' (1972)²* ''Parcel of Rogues'' (1973)²* ''Now We Are Six'' (1974)²* ''Commoners Crown'' (1975)²* ''All Around My Hat'' (1975)²* ''Rocket Cottage'' (1976)²* ''Storm Force Ten'' (1977)²* ''Sails of Silver'' (1980)²* ''Back in Line'' (1986)²* ''Tempted and Tried'' (1989)²* ''Time'' (1996)²* ''Horkstow Grange'' (1998)²* ''Bedlam Born'' (2000)²* ''They Called Her Babylon'' (2004)²* ''Winter'' (2004)²* ''Bloody Men'' (2006)²* ''Cogs, Wheels and Lovers'' (2009)²* ''Wintersmith'' (with Creator/TerryPratchett) (2013)²* ''Dodgy Bastards'' (2016)²* ''EST'd 1969'' (2019) ²²----²!!Tropes associated with Steeleye Span include:²²* AbhorrentAdmirer: The she-creature who practically rapes Good King Henry; the titular Allison Gross, "ugliest witch in the north country" who does not take rejection kindly. ²* BawdySong: This is English folk song, don't forget. Take your pick... "The Two Magicians" is a good one. ²* BedlamHouse: "Boys of Bedlam," an adaptation of the song "Tom O'Bedlam."²* BigApplesauce: The band's cover of the shanty "New York Girls." This featured guest performer Creator/PeterSellers on ukelele and ''[[Radio/TheGoonShow Goon Show]]'' voices. ²* TheCameo: Music/DavidBowie guests as saxophone player on the band's version of "To Know Him Is To Love Him". ²* DoesNotLikeShoes: The cover photo of ''Below the Salt'' shows the band posing at a dinner table, with Maddy's bare feet propped up on the table.²* DoubleMeaningTitle: The album ''Now We Are Six''; in addition to being an Creator/AAMilne reference, it's their sixth album and it came when the band added their sixth member.²* EpicRocking: ²** "King Henry" from ''Below the Salt'' comes in at about 7 minutes. And it rocks out ''without drums.'' ²** "Allison Gross", which last for 5 and a half minutes, is another example. If you never believed drumless, guitar-driven folk-rock could sound loud, harsh, and abrasive, you will now.²* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: 1975's ''Now We Are Six'' was the first album to feature drummer Nigel Pegrum, the new sixth member of the band.²* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: "Long Lankin" is the story of the (extremely) bloody murder of a baby and his mother; the title character of "Child Owlet" is pulled apart by horses, with the results detailed over the final two stanzas:²--> There was no stone on Elkin Moor²--> No broom nor bonny whin²--> But's dripping with Child Owlet's blood²--> And pieces of his skin.²--> There was no grass on Elkin Moor²--> No broom nor bonny rush²--> But's dripping with Child Owlet's blood²--> And pieces of his flesh.²%% * GettingCrapPastThe Radar: Due to overwhelming and persistent misuse, GCPTR is on-page examples only until 01 June 2021. If you are reading this in the future, please check the trope page to make sure your example fits the current definition.²* TheGrimReaper: the ''narrator'' of "Shaking of the Sheets".²* GypsyCurse: Alison Gross, a woman who might safely, but inaccurately, be described as "homely", dumps a real haymaker of a curse on the man who spurns her advances, with scorn and insult, three times. Three times pays for all, as witchcraft says...²* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Bonnie Prince Charlie in "Prince Charles Stuart."²* HypocriticalHumor: There's a very dark example in "Edward". The title character repeatedly lies about where the blood on his sword came from. He eventually admits that it's [[spoiler:his brother's]], who he slew... for lying.²* IntercourseWithYou: ''[[ Drink Down The Moon]]'', eight minutes of robust rural English sex, disguised as ornithology. "The Two Magicians", in which a wizard and a witch get it on. "Spotted Cow" and "Bonny Black Hare", where finding animals leads to finding fun times (the latter with a gun/penis metaphor). "King Henry", in which good old loving turns a monstrous hag into a beautiful woman. "Royal Forester", who uses his (alleged) title to sleep with a woman he finds. "The Ups and Downs" and "The Gentleman Soldier", both dealing with a woman sleeping with a soldier who then leaves her. And that's just songs where the main characters are actively getting it on.²** Indeed, the song "Spotted Cow"'s other appearance in English literature is in the early chapters of Thomas Hardy's ''Tess of the D'Urbervilles'', where it presages the later events of the novel. ²* LyricalDissonance: "Saucy Sailor" is (on paper) a rollicking comic tale about a sailor who tries to woo a girl, gets rejected, but then mentions that he's got money, whereupon she accepts him -- whereupon ''he'' rejects ''her'' and cheerfully swaggers off saying he'll marry someone else. The first half of Steeleye's version (the half with the words) is set to an eerie and rather menacing backdrop, and the second half is a sad little melody played on the piano with ghostly wordless vocals.²* MoodWhiplash: "Jack Hall" is a cheerful, rousing, upbeat song about...a murderer headed for the gallows. Likewise "Sir James the Rose", about a murderer on the run who gets a bloody comeuppance. Then there's "Dance with Me", a jolly jig about an elf princess who gaily tries to persuade a knight to dance with her - and then, when he refuses, strikes him an almighty (and possibly lethal) blow.²* ObfuscatingDisability: The traditional folk song "[[ The Beggar]]":²-->Sometimes we call at a rich man's hall,\²To beg for bread and beer.\²Sometimes we're lame, sometimes we're blind,\²Sometimes too deaf to hear.²* OdeToIntoxication: "Four Nights Drunk"²* Creator/PeterSellers: Guests on "New York Girls", playing the banjo and supplying vocal interjections as Henry Crun, Minnie Banister and Major Bloodnok of ''Radio/TheGoonShow''.²* RevolvingDoorBand: Maddy Prior compared Steeleye to a bus, with members (even including herself at one point) getting on and off. Indeed, the band were aware of this; on ''Now We Are Six'', there is a jokey rendition of "The Camptown Races" in the voice of a West Indian bus conductor that alludes to this. ²* RobinHood: "Gamble Gold (Robin Hood)"²* StartMyOwn: Ashley Hutchings formed Steeleye Span after leaving Music/FairportConvention, another British FolkRock band which he had also co-founded.²* SweetPollyOliver: "Female Drummer", "There Was A Wealthy Merchant"²* Creator/TerryPratchett: The album ''Wintersmith'' is based on the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel of [[Literature/{{Wintersmith}} the same name]]. Sir Terry himself guests on "The Good Witch", reading the passage from the book about cackling.²** The Span's version of the old English ballad ''The Two Magicians'' directly inspired the account of the magical duel between witch and wizard in ''Literature/EqualRites''. And "The Ups and Downs" inspired "The Ins and Outs" in ''Literature/MonstrousRegiment''. There is a Steeleye Street in ''The Compleat Ankh-Morpork'' in acknowledgement of the connection.²* AWildRapperAppears: On the ''Dodgy Bastards'' version of "Boys of Bedlam", and "Bad Bones" on the same album.²* WouldHarmAChild: The murderess of "Little Sir Hugh", "Long Lankin", "The Cruel Mother"... The latter at least gets sent to {{Hell}} for her crime.²----


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