A time-line archive celebrating 50 years of Steeleye Span and Maddy Prior, plus all the latest news & gigs

Steeleye Span are the legendary Folk Rock pioneers who have performed over 2,000 gigs across 68 UK tours, 14 European, 12 US and 9 Australian tours; 24 Studio albums including 1 Gold & 4 Silver albums. 2 Hit Singles; Their own BBC TV series plus numerous TV & Radio appearances; 3 Plays and 100+ festivals!

Review their entire history on this site in our centrepiece time-line history pages. Also included are the various Maddy Prior solo albums/tours.

Bob Johnson (1944-2023)

15th Dec: Today is a very sad day for all Steeleye Span fans. The legendary guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Johnson has passed away after a long illness. Bob was in the band throughout their 'classic' and most commercial years in the 70's. He was responsible for many of the bands big ballads including Thomas the Rhymer, King Henry, Alison Gross, Long Lankin, Tam Lin and many more. He was also responsible for spotting the commercial potential of Gaudete and introduced it to the band. He retired from Steeleye and music in 2002 but contributed to the 2013 Wintersmith Album and his original song 'The Green Man' was recently recorded by the band. He will be very much missed by all Steeleye and Folk music fans. R.I.P. See the Latest News page for all links to various Obituary's and interviews. 
See below for a full bio of Bob Johnson. 

Latest News & Gigs

Steeleye have released a new album - 'The Green Man Collection". (see below) They are also touring May 2024. Plus TWO new 70's live concert recordings are being released. From 1973 and 1974, both on US Tours. For full details, dates and all the latest news go to the 'Latest News' page. 

The Green Man Collection

A new album was released on the 1st December 2023. Click image to purchase from Park Records or the button below for more details of the tracks featured.

Track list includes 6 new studio recordings plus tracks from the recent albums. 
New studio tracks- Jack Hall, New York Girls, Hard Times (Feat. Francis Rossi), Ship Building, Hey Nonny Violence, Green Man.

'The Green Man'

The title track of the new collection . The track was written by Bob Johnson in 1985 but never released. It has been recorded by the current line up

The History

A comprehensive Time-Line history of the band. All known gigs; tours; set lists. links to videos and exclusive content  

The Band

Steeleye has enjoyed many different Line Ups. Review them all here with bio's of many key members.

The Music

Discography / song-by-song guide. Details of  all BBC Sessions plus a look through all known unreleased and rare songs

Website updates (in 2023):

Sept '23 - The Costa Del Folk appearence from 2015 is available to watch in full in good quality. (not on YouTube). Full details, set list etc are on the Timeline in 2015. But click HERE to go straight to the concert.

July '23 - Ben Hickman was kind enough to send in some great flyers from tours in 1992; 1995; 1997; 1998 and from Spanfest 2007, cheers Ben!
Mch - Various updates across the 1980's (&'98) with more gig dates and extracts from concert reviews. Thanks to David Tomlinson
May - Obtained a first set list / recording for 1995 Journey continues UK tour so added all details

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Most recent studio Album: 'Est'd 1969' (2019)

Available to buy direct from Park Records and from Amazon. 


Click below for a sampler from the latest live DVD

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 and details all band/management changes as and when they happened.

The website will always be 'Work-in-Progress' as I am always adding information. If anyone has an concerns with ownership/use of any of the images used then please please do contact me and I will remove them immediately. Deciding when it is appropriate to use images in the public domain is tricky and I am genuinely only using them for historical interest to help bring to life the Steeleye story 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.

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