Another Steeleye Span mainstay, Rick Kemp joined in 1972, heralding the band’s commercial heyday. Already acclaimed for his work with singer songwriter Michael Chapman, Kemp had turned down the opportunity to become a member of King Crimson shortly before. A bass player with a uniquely melodic style, Rick quickly became integral to Steeleye’s classic folk rock style and his playing came to define the series of albums that established them around the world.
As with his bandmates, Kemp has enjoyed time away from Steeleye and undertake a range of other projects. His four solo albums have all seen him explore his love of the blues with a three piece band and since 1997, he has been the producer for the ceilidh dance band, Whapweasel. More recently he has played guitar with them. A keen historian, recent Steeleye albums have seen him contribute a number of lyrics based on key events in British political and social life.