The Complete History of Steeleye Span

A time-line archive celebrating 50 years of Steeleye Span

To begin your journey through the history of Steeleye Span use the menu above or start here where it all began in 1969-1973


2019 - 50th Anniversary Year!

Having now finished the first 50th Anniversary Tour the dates are out for the next one in November/December. With 2019 being the 50th Anniversary of the band I have created a new page '2019' where you can find all these tour dates plus festival appearances and new releases planned for this year. Festival appearances this summer include Glastonbury, there is a short tour of Holland in November and most of the dates for the Winter 2019 tour are now out. They have released a new album (below) and there is also the possibility of a live CD/DVD to be made available on the winter tour.

Shrewsbury 2018. Photo by Oss

New Steeleye Span Album! -  'EST'd 1969'

Official launch date is 24th June but is now available to buy direct from Park Records


 All available to view below for the first time. First two are Steeleye receiving the 2005 Good Tradition award at the BBC Folk Awards and singing Van Diemen's land live, and the next two from a Finnish TV performance in 1976; the fifthis 1976 Promo Video for the single: London; the 6th an Australian TV performance from October 1986 - 'Lady Diamond'. More details on the relevant years page.

"Pity them who see him suffer,
Pity poor old Steeleye Span;
John Bowlin’s deeds they will be remembered"

(Horkstow Grange' Trad. Ar.')

"The thing about folk songs is their timelessness. 

They are always relevant even though they are very old. 

Put them in a modern setting and they become of modern consequence"

(Maddy Prior, 1972)

This site aims to provide the most comprehensive performance and touring history of the Folk-Rock legends Steeleye Span, all set out in a time-line archive of the Band.  It includes all known Gigs, Tours, Radio and TV appearances plus every known set list, details all band/management changes as and when they happened.  If you want more detail about the actual album/Song etc then see Links for detailed discogs.. 

This is and always will be Work-in-Progress as I am always adding information/pictures/images. If anyone has an concerns with ownership of any of the images used then please contact me and I will remove them immediately, I am only using them for information and not for commercial gain. I welcome any new information and/or corrections, which will of course be credited, please contact me using the form on the Contacts page.