There is a Lincolnshire folk song called Horkstow Grange containing a character called John 'Steeleye' Span.
Steeleye Span is a hugely influential English Electric Folk band that has had so many line-ups and incarnations that it is almost like the original axe that has only had two new heads and three new handles. Maddy Prior describes it as a bus:
Terry and Gay met Ashley at the Keele Folk Festival in 1969. Terry was playing with Sweeney's Men and Ashley wanted to form a group with not only Terry Woods but Gay, Johnny Moynihan and Andy Irvine too. Johnny did not like Terry much and declined and Andy dropped out. Bob and Carol Pegg and the Dransfields were asked to take their place before Tim Hart and Maddy Prior accepted.
The first album was Hark! The Village Wait in 1970. Terry and Gay left shortly after and were replaced with Martin Carthy and Peter Knight providing a relatively stable line-up. This incarnation recorded Please to See the King in 1971 and Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again in 1972. They also produced a wonderful compilation LP called Individually and Collectively in 1972.