Song of the Day, April 15: Sligo Maid by Steeleye Span

SteeleyeSligoToday’s song is Sligo Maid. This popular traditional Irish reel has been recorded by dozens of bands. Steeleye Span included it on Rocket Cottage, the 1976 album that was the last to feature their classic lineup before decades of short-term break-ups and reconfigurations. Maddy Prior describes the song in reference to a live version recorded in 1982:

This tune is a very popular traditional Irish reel and was always played during the many sessions that took place around that time in the Irish pubs in London. It was generally placed in the middle of a medley of three reels. A good arrangement from the band and some great drumming from Nigel. This is “Folk-Rock”.

She’s right. It’s the perfect mix of the traditional — mostly represented by stellar fiddling — and the modern — driven by potent drum and bass work — shows off this great band at its finest. Enjoy this rollicking tune today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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