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Posted By: Bonnie Shaljean
05-Oct-08 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Maddy Prior review - and free, signed CD
Subject: RE: Maddy Prior review - and free, signed CD
Reminds me of another Maddy story. I was hearing her live but unamplified for the first time (usually it was at big Steeleye gigs with mics attached to huge rigs) and was sitting fairly close, about 20 feet away. While she was singing a police car drove by, siren in full blare right across her song. She never dropped a beat, just swung into rhythm with it until it was gone, making the cops something of a duet partner. Bet that was a first.

Hearing her live was sort of a revelation for me, because until then I had found a rather metallic quality in her voice which I didn't totally like. But that must have been some effect of amplified sound, because without it, her pure natural tone was a delight. I heard a sweetness that was lacking in the bigger settings, but still with that same clarity and sensitive delivery. It was an eye (or rather ear) opener.