The 90's

For most of the 90's the band continued to function on a part time basis touring once a year, but ramped up activity in the second half of the decade with 2 studio albums and celebrating 25 years with a big London reunion concert  - 'The Journey' featuring almost every previous band member. Band wise it was a settled period with Gay Woods rejoining the band to help Maddy out with some voice troubles however, Maddy Prior finally leaves 'the bus' after 28 years in 1997. 

1990

January-August

 7th February: 'In Concert' on BBC Radio Folk on Two'. Repeat of 1989 Fairfield Hall concert tracks, maybe different tracks though.  

 1st May & 9th June: Regional ITV: 'Bedrock' Steeleye Span concert. Later released in various guises on Video/CD/DVD as the 20th Anniversary concert from Sept 1989. See 1989 for footage. 


Rick Kemp / Maddy Prior Duo

The two had started to tour together in the late 80's and were continuing to do gigs during early 1990 and then toured in October after the Steeleye September tour to support their new album 'Happy Families' , released in September on the newly launched Park Records, set up by John Dagnell basically for Maddy. 


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September

 10th SINGLE The Fox / Jack Hall (Dover Records)

21st Anniversary Tour (16 dates)

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 7th Assembly Roon, Tunbridge Wells
 8th Civic Hall, Guildford
 9th Oxford Apollo
 10th St Davids Hall, Cardiff
 11th Town Hall, Cheltenham
 12th Reading Hexagon
 14th Dominion, Londonw. special guest Jake Thackray
 15th Malvern Festival Theatre
 16th Hayes Beck Theatre
 17th The Orchard, Dartford
 18th Black Lion, Gillingham
 19th Ipswich Corn Exchange
 21st Norwich Uni
 22nd Derby Assembly Rooms
 23rd Cambridge Corn Exhange
 24th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon


1991

June

 More touring by Rick and Maddy as a duo. 

August 

 25th Greenbelt Festival

September

 Autumn UK Tour (23 dates)
Set list as per Live CD.

 5th Poole Arts Centre
 6th Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
 7th Beck Theatre, Hayes
 8th Hexagon, Reading
 9th Wulfrun hall, Wolverhampton
 10th Colston Hall, Bristol
 11th Queens Hall, Barnstaple
 13th Fairfield Hall, Croydon
 14th Festival Theatre, Malvern
 15th Civic Hall, Middleton
 16th Forum 28, Barrow-in-Furness
 17th Leadmill, Sheffield
 18th City Varieties, Leeds
 19th Arts Centre, Southport
 20th Municiple Hall, Colne
 22nd Civic Hall, Guildford  - Live Album Tonights the Night Recorded
 23rd  Wyvern Theatre, Swindon  - Live Album Tonights the Night Recorded
 24th White Rock Theatre, Hastings  - Live Album Tonights the Night Recorded
 25th Buttermarket, Shrewsbury - Recorded for BBC Radio 2 'In Concert' for 'Folk On Two' (5th Feb '92)
 26th Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 27th Ipswich Corn Exchange
 28th Waterfront, Norwich
 29th Cambridge Corn Exchange

9th Oct: BBC Radio 2 'Folk on Two . Listed as featuring but no details. 


14th Oct: BBC Radio 2 'Folk Season'. Steeleye Span in concert

10pm-11pm.   Taken from the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury concert above. Obviously going to be almost identical to Tonight's the Night Live cd. 


1992

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February

5th Feb: BBC Radio 2: Recorded In concert for Folk on Two.  (Repeat of above Shrewsbury concert)


July/August

 18th July - 1st Aug. Henley Festival. Included Steeleye at some point. 

8th July: BBC Radio 2 'In Good Voice'.  The first of a six-part series in which Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span explores the world of unaccompanied a cappella singing. Ep. 1 What is A Cappella?


September

FIFTEENTH ALBUM: Tonight's The Night (Shannachie - US record label) .

Click on cover for full details (wiki)

A live album but contains so many new songs (6 out of 12) that it sits in the discography as a main album release in my view. With so much new material you get the sense that a studio album was planned, but for whatever reason never happened. Peter Knight was not happy with Shannachie as Fighting for Strangers and Gentlemen Soldier were linked with a Tim/Peter instrumental and were meant to played as a medley but got split on the album. They played them as a medley on the 25th Anniversary Video. 

1. Tonights the Night 2. Ca the Ewes 3. Gentlemen Soldier 4. Tam Lin 5. Padstow 6.Fighting for Strangers 7.White Man 8.The Weaver 9.Ten Long Years 10.Dawn of the Day 11.Cam Ye O'er Frae France 12..All Around the Hat

October / November

Autumn UK Tour

 12th Cambridge Corn Exchange.  (One song: 4 nights drunk is on a bootleg)
 13th Arts Centre, Poole
 14th Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells
 16th Queens Hall, Barnstaple
 17th Symphony Hall, Birmingham
 18th Winter Gardens, Malvern
 19th Civic Centre, Guildford
 20th Beck Theatre, Hayes
 21st  Assembly rooms, worthing
 22nd White Rock Theatre, Hastings
 24th Derngate Centre, Northampton
 25th Fairfield Hall, Croydon
 26th Riviera Centre, Torquay
 28th Colston Hall, Bristol
 29th Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
 30th City Varieties, Leeds
 1st  Corn Exchange, Ipswich
 ??Shrewsbury   Bootleg exists


1993

July

10th: UK GOLD TV: Steeleye Span 'In Concert' No details but likely to be the 20th Anniversary concert,again.


November / December

'Chasing Rainbows' Tour. 

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With 'special guest' Tim Hart. This ties in I think with Maddy Prior and Tim Hart doing a tour together around this time. Tim did his set and then came back on stage later to join Maddy and play guitar for 'I Live not where I love' with Peter playing Violin. Tim and Maddy then sang 'Sorry the Day I was Married'

 Tim Hart: Raining in my Heart; Cornla; My Love; Dancing at Whitsun; The January Man; New York Two Step; Seamus the Showman.

 Steeleye: Jack Hall; The Weaver; Black Jack Davy; Gone to America; Long Lankin; Eb English; I live not Where I love (Maddy , Peter & Tim); Sorry the Day I was Married (Maddy and Tim); Tam Lin; Picnic; Padstow; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; All Around My Hat; Mason's Apron; Gaudete. 

 11th Easington Music Festival, Durham. Petedee College.
 12th Northampton
 13th Kidderminster
 14th Guilford
 15th Folkstone
 16th Hastings
 18th Beck Theatre, Hayes. £9 
 19th High Wycombe
 21st Reading
 22nd  Cambridge
 23rd Ipswich
 24th Stratford U Avon
 25th Birmingham
 26th Swansea
 27th Stroud
 28th Ryl
 1st Dec  Crawley
 2nd Southampton
 3rd Dec Fairfield Halls, Croydon (Bootleg)
 4th Melton Mowbray
 5th York
 6th Hull
 7th Southport Arts Centre.
 8th Burnley
 9th Telford
 10th Poynton


1994

Band Signs to Park Records. . Have been with them ever since. 

February

19th . ITV 'Cue the Music' Steeleye Span. In Concert. No details but likely to the 20th Anniversary concert again. 


May

 Australian tour.

The bands 6th tour of Australia although this tour is at smaller venues. 

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 10th Melbourne Dallas Brooks Hall
 12th Canberra Labor Club
 13th Newcastle Workers Club
 14th State Theatre, Sydney
 21st Yandina Club Big Top
 22nd Brisbane Rialto Theatre
 25th Geelong Performing Arts Centre
 27th Norwood Concert Hall
 28th Perth Concert Hall

Summer 

 31st JulyCambridge folk festival. Broadcast on radio, see below;  

 7th Aug Dranouter Folk Festival 

3rd Aug & 14th Sept: BBC Radio 2: 'Cambridge '94. 

Steeleye Span in concert at Cambridge Folk Festival. Hosted by Ralph McTell.  

Seagull; Black Jack Davy; The Weaver; Jack Hall; Padstow; Cam Ye O'er Frae France.   


October

Exact date unknown: BBC Radio 'Folk On Two. Interview with Bob Johnson (who stepped in for Maddy Prior) discussing the first 25 years of Steeleye Span. Talks about Gay joining the band, possibly when it was 'announced' and mentions the upcoming tour so I am guessing about October. Tracks Played: All Around My Hat; Blacksmith; Female Drummer; Gaudete; Thomas the Rhymer; Black Jack Davy; Gone to America; Padstow; Tam Lin (Info thanks to Chris Kellet's archive site. See Links). 


November

 GAY WOODS (Vocals) joins the band . To help out sharing the work load with Maddy who had vocal problems (from 1993).  Rick Kemp said it was his idea to ask Gay back, for the Winter Tour initially, and then after that went well, Gay became part of the band full time. 

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November / December 

LIVE ALBUM: Steeleye Span In Concert. (Park Records)  Taken from shows in 1986 and 1994, no more recordings from either show have appeared since. 


 25th Anniversary Tour (25 dates) 

25th Anniversary video recorded.  Support: The Blind Fiddler. The Lowlands of Holland was a very haunting version with mainly Violin and Keyboard. 

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Gentleman Soldier/Fighting for Strangers; We Poor Labouring Men; Seagull; Eb English; Tam Lin; The Dark Eyed-Sailor; Lowlands of Holland; Padstow; Picnic; Jack Hall; All Around my Hat; The Masons Apron; Let her Go Down.

 13th Pavillion Theatre, Rhyl
 14th Playhouse, Whitley Bay
 15th Symphony Hall, Birmingham
 16th Victoria hall, Stoke
 17th Bottom Line, London
 18th Swan theatre, Wycombe
 19th Leisure Centre, Stevenage
 20th Festival Theatre, Chichester
 22nd Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
 24th  Concert Ahll, Motherwell
 25th Music Hall, Aberdeen
 26th Rothes Hall, Glenrothes
 29th St Georges Hall, Bradford
 30th Carnegie Hall, Workingham
 1st   Uni of Warwick, Coventry
 2nd  Fairfield Hall, Croydon
 3rd  The Anvil, Basingstoke
 4th  Arts Centre, Abersytwyth
 5th  Grand Theatre, Swansea
 6th  St Davids Hall Cardiff  - Recording 25th Anniv Video
 7th  Palace Theatre, Newark
 8th  Roses Theatre, Tewksbury
 9th  The Orchard, Dartford
 11th Grand Opera House, York
 12th Mechanics, Burnley


1995

Band starts to become 'Full Time' again

1995: Live Video: '25 Live' released, Recorded 1994, video above. 


 Interview: Band back 'full time'. Bob gives up counselling job and Peter Knight moves back to the UK


March / April

UK Tour. With support from Barry Dransfield. [Thanks to David Tomlinson for these tour dates!]

 10th, Reading, Hexagon 
 11th, St Albans, Alban Arena
 12th, Cantebury, Marlow Theatre 
 13th, Hayes, Beck Theatre 
 15th, Stratford, Civic Theatre 
 16th, Harlow, The Playhouse 
 17th, Cambridge, Corn Exchange 
 18th, Crawley, The Hawth 
 19th, Southend, Cliffe Pavillion 
 20th, Northampton, Derngate
 21st, Swindon, Wyvern Theatre 
 22nd, Southampton, Guildhall 
 24th, Yeovil, Octagon Theatre 
 25th, Plymouth, Pavillion 
 26th, Tewksbury, Roses Theatre 
 28th, Bletchley, Leisure Centre 
 29th, Tunbridge Wells, Assesmbly Hall 
 30th, Worthing, Assembly Hall 
 31st, Worcester, Northwick Theatre 
 1st, Newtown, Theatre Hafren  

Summer

6th May BBC Radio 2 Concert: Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.

Broadcast on this date but not sure about date of recording  (It includes Gay) . On the above tour seems the most obvious. A Bootleg exists and its always dated 1994. I think this is incorrect unless it was a one off concert recorded for the radio, which seems unlikely. The track listing, with Harvest of the Moon also points more to 1995 than 1994.


The Fox; We Poor Labouring Men; Black Jack Davy; Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a shoemaker; Seagull, Twa Corbies; The Water is Wide; The Elf Knight; Thomas
the Rhymer; All Around My Hat. 


 27th-29th June:  Glastonbury Festival, Avalon Stage. Billed as '25th Anniversary celebration'

 27th Aug. Guildford Festival

 ??  Tonder (Denmark) Festival

 2nd Sept  'The Journey Concert'  The Forum Highgate, London. 

Originally billed as the 'War Child' Charity concert, it featured every ex member apart from Terry Woods. It was the idea of actor, Dave Hill, who asked them all to do it individually, but suspects they only each agreed assuming enough of the others would refuse so that it didn't actually happen!  Each line up ran through 5 or 6 songs which means it was the closest we would get to seeing the original line up live. 

Not released as a CD until 1999 by which time it was known as 'The Journey' concert, possibly because the tour after this concert was billed as 'The Journey Continues'. A video was recorded, but as you can see from the one song released by Park Records the quality was not really good enough for a DVD release. For full details of this concert and resulting CD, see Mainly Norfolk website, a link is HERE

September

 15th-17th Padbury Folk Weekend

September / October / November 

Autumn UK Tour (28 dates)  'The Journey Continues'. Support: The Palladinos

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 29th Oxford Apollo
 30th Penyrheol Theatre, Swansea
 1st Oct Brentwood Centre
 6th Harlequin, Redhill
 7th St George's Hall, Exeter
 8th The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
 9th Octagon, Yeovil
 11th Assembly Rooms, derby
 12th Charter Hall, Colchester
 13th The Orchard, Dartford
 14th Festival Hall, Corby
 15th De La Ware Pavillion, Bexhill
 21st The Swann, High Wycombe
 22nd Fairfield Hall, Croydon
 3rd  Palace Theatre, Newark
 4th Warwick Arts Centre
 5th Stafford Gatehouse
 6th Theatre Clwyd, Mold
 7th Civic Hall, Woverhampton
 9th Arts Centre, King's Lynn
 10th Leeds City Varieties
 12th Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool
 14th Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
 15th Southport Arts Centre
 16th The Anvil, Basingstoke
 17th Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
 18th Waterman's Arts Centre, Brentford
 19th Chichester Festival Theatre


1996

April

12th April SIXTEENTH ALBUM: TIME (Park Records).

Click on cover for details (ext. site)

The first Studio album for 7 years - the longest gap between any studio album in 50 years of Steeleye. Marking the return to a more full time' basis and a more modern polished sound having been reinvigorated by the 'Journey' concert and the return of Gay . It had mostly Traditional arrangements with a three Peter Knight originals. An outtake from the recording sessions - 'The Golden Vanity' has appeared on various collections. Along with Bonny Moorhen and General Taylor the only known studio album outtakes to be released. It sneaked Steeleye back into the charts at No.100, 1st since Rocket Cottage.

The Prickly Bush 2. The Old Maid in the Garrett. 3. Harvest of the Moon. 4.Underneath Her Apron 5. The Cutty Wren 6. Go from My Window 7.The Elf-Knight. 8. The Water Is Wide 9.You Will Burn 10.Corbies 11.The Song Will Remain

March / April

UK Spring 'An Evening With' Tour (21 Dates)

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7th March Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
 8th Corn Exchange, Ipswich
 9th Embassy Skegness
 10th Civic Theatre, Darlington
 11th Kendal Leisure Centre
 12th St Georges's Hall, Bradford
 15th Queens Theatre, Barstable
 16th Newport Centre
 17th Wimbledon Theatre
 18th Stables Theatre, Wavendon
 19th Corn Exchange, Cambridge
 20th Hexagon, Reading
 22nd The Alban Arena, St Albans
 23rd Peterborough Cressett
 24th Lyceum, Crewe
 26th Civic Hall, Stratford
 27th Civic Hall Guildford
 28th Guildhall, Soutampton 
 29th The Mean Fiddler, London
 30th Elgan Hall, Malvern
 31st Aylesbry Civic Centre

13th April Olympia, Dublin 


May/June

Short US Tour?  

Very odd this as these two dates are listed in US Newspapers on the day of the appearances so unlikely to have been cancelled dates. Also odd that the 1997 tour, for which there is plenty of info for, was billed as the long awaited reunion tour . If these concerts did happen maybe there were one-offs so not a 'tour' 

 31st May Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia  

 1st June Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland


July

 19th-21st 'Brampton Live', Carlisle.  


September / October

Australasian "The Time Tour" 

(7+ dates. Probably Dates Missing. 7th Tour of Australia).

The Cutty Wren; The prickly Bush; The Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a shoemaker; Twa Corbies; Seagull; The Water is Wide; The Lark in the Morning; Elf Knight; The Weaver; Padstow; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garrett;  Encore: Cagwith Anthem; All Around My hat; Jigs; Gaudete (on the 2nd and not 11th)

 25th Sept Sydney
 28th Adelaide, Norwood Town hall
 Sept. 'Regal theatre' Perth. Support: 'Fling'
 2nd Oct Sydney Town hall
 10th Sydney? 
 11th Sydney
 13th Oct Continental Cafe, Victoria
 New Zealand?

December

Winter Tour Supporting Status Quo (16 dates). 

The first major Stadium UK tour the band has done as a support act.  Status Quo released 'All Around My hat' as a single , featuring Maddy Prior. At the end of each concert Maddy would join Quo for the song, a video of which is below, which surprisingly is not too bad. Steeleye did not perform 'All Around my Hat' in their support act, but finished with a very upbeat 'Old Maid in the Garrett. One song was released on the 'Sails of Silver' Park records CD reissue which means a recording of the whole set must exist. Maddy even joined Quo on 'Noel's House Party' (video below). 

 3rd Oasis, Swindon
 5th Cardiff Arean
 6th Bridlington Spa
 7th SEC Glasgow
 8th Newcaslte Arena
 9th Sheffield Arena
 11th Plymouth Pavillion. Postponed until 22nd Dec as Francis Rossi had a bad throat
 12th Brighton Centre
 13th Brighton Centre
 14th Wembly Arena
 15th Wembly Arena
 17th Manchester Nynex
 18th Birmingham NEC
 19th Birmingham NEC
 20th Bournemouth Centre 
 21st Bournemouth Centre
 22nd Plymouth Pavillion, re arranged from 11th. 


1997

The busiest year of the decade but Maddy Prior and Liam Genockey leave the Bus at the end of the year.

February

13th Bruges, Stadschouwburg  Broadcast on Belgium Radio. Set list is what was broadcast, so not complete.

Gaudete; Thomas the Rhymer; Cadgwith Anthem; My Johnny Was a Shoemaker; The Lark in the Morning; Wee Weaver; Twa Corbies; Padstow; Old Maid in the Garrett; All Around My Hat; Jigs.

March 

UK Spring Tour (21 dates non stop!). 
Tour included never recorded songs 'Brigg Fair' & Room for Company. Hard to find even on Bootlegs. However, Thomas the Rhymer from this tour is on the 'Sails of Silver' CD reissue so there is a good chance the two are available in the Park Records Vaults.  Support: 'Rock Salt n Nails'. This tour also has the dubious honour of having Peter Knights Lightbulb joke told each night " How many folkies does it take to change a light bulb? Ten - One to change the bulb, four to sing about the old bulb, and five to walk out because it is electric."

 6th Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
 7th Corn Exchange, King's Lynn
 8th Grand Hotel, Scarborough
 9th Opeare House York
 10th Gatehouse, Stafford
 11th Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
 12th Decorum Pavillion, Hemel Hempstead
 13th HG Wells Suite, Woking
 14th The Hawth, Crawley
 15th Town Hall, Walthamstow
 16th Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
 17th The Octagon, Yeovil
 18th St Davids Hall, Cardiff
 19th Arts Centre, Swansea
 20th Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
 21st  Corn Exchange, Cambridge
 22nd Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
 23rd  Arts Centre, Poole
 24th  Anvil, Basingstoke
 25th  The Swan, High Wycombe
 26th  The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

June 

Maddy Newsletter - Working on new material for an album later in the year or early next year, but never happened of course as Maddy left. 


US Tour. 

1st for 10 years. Snappily billed as  "The long-awaited history-making North American concert tour of the reunion of Steeleye Span" 

??Theatre Arts Centre, Phili. Prickly Bush; Go From My Window; Underneath Her Apron; Seagull; The Elf Knight; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Lark in the Morning; The Water is Wide; Padstow; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garrett; Encores: All Around My Hat; Jigs; Cadgwith Anthem
1st Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburg. (Not 100% sure on these first three concerts, would be good to see a second source) 
 3rd Bottom Line, New York
 4th Bottom Line, New York
 8th Monterey, CA, World One Festival
 9th West Hollywood, CA, House Of Blues
 10th Portland, OR, Aladdin Theatre
 11th Seattle, WA, Backstage
 12th Ann Arbor, MI, Ark  
 13th Louisville, KY, Bomhard Theatre
 14th Chicago, IL, Old Town School
 16th Bottom Line, NY
 17th Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
 18th  Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
 19th Little Rock, AR, Arkansas Arts Center
 20th Austin, TX, The Cactus
 21st   Houston, TX, Garden In The Heights
 22nd Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre

July

19th: Maddy Prior announces she will leave the band at end of year. 

Apparently she had been planning it for a while and nearly left 2 years previously. She had just been waiting for the right time.  No specific reason was given. Her statement: 

" I have worked in, and enjoyed enormously, working with the band Steeleye Span for 28 years. People have often asked me how I manage to fit in all my various musical activities. I have juggled Steeleye, 'solo' work, assorted projects, the Carnival Band and a demanding home life for some time. With mixed success.

        Finally I feel a decision has to be made, and having been the only one to have never left the band, I've decided to view it all from the outside for a change. So from the end of the October Tour 1997 I shall cease to work with Steeleye.

        Whether this will ultimately result in a permanent separation, I don't know. Having done a massive 44-day Farewell Tour in 1978, I feel less confident about making dramatic and irrevocable gestures in these more mature years.

        Suffice it to say, I wish them all the best of luck, and am certain that they will continue to delight audiences for many years.  Cheers, Maddy Prior' 


August

 8th Olympia festival, National Hall, Real Ale Festival. Prickly Bush' Room for Company; Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a shoemaker; The Elf Knight; The Fox; Erin Groe; Padstow; [Interval] Cagwith Anthem; Lark in the Morning; Twa Corbies; Seagull; The Water is Wide; Cutty Wren; Thomas the Ryhmer; Old Maid in the Garrett; Encore: All Around My Hat; Jigs; Gaudete.

 9th Macclesfield, Gawsforth Hall. First proper concert after Maddy's announcement with reports that it created a strange atmosphere, with Gay coming more to the fore on vocals in anticipation of having to lead the line. In addition it seems to mark the start of Gay taking a more playful  approach to 'All Around my Hat' , which over the next few years often meant changing the lyrics, in this case apparently inserting the word 'baby' repeatedly. (thanks Simon Jones) 

 21st Nettlebed

 22nd Bolton Festival

 12th St Ives Festival, Guildhall

 13th  Birmingham, Red Lion

September 

 20th CC Deurre, Antwerp, Belgium. 

October 

Autumn 'TIME' UK Tour (19 shows).  Support: Rock Salt n Nails

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From the Tewsksbury concert, the last one:  1) Prickly Bush. 2) Room for Company. 3) Harvest of the Moon. 4) Ireland Love of My Heart. 5) Elf Knight. 6) My Johnny was a Shoemaker. 7) The Weaver and the Factory Maid (just on last night). 8) Padstow. 9) Go From My Window. 10) Cam Ye'. 11) Twa Corbies. 12) Seagull. 13)Water is Wide. 14) Cutty Wren. 15) Thomas. 16) Old Maid. 17) Hat. 18) Jigs. 19) Gaudete.

 1st  Civic Centre, Aylesbury
 2nd Corn Exchange, Ipswich
 3rd Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
 4th Arts Centre, Warwick
 5th De La Ware Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea
 7th Guildhall, Southampton
 8th Central Theatre, Chatham
 9th Alban Arena, St Albans
 10th Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
 11th Civic Hall, Guildford
 12th Theatre Royal, Bath
 13th Derngate, Northampton
 14th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
 15th The Beck Theatre, Hayes
 16th Dome, Brighton
 17th Fairfield Halls, Croydon
 18th Princess Theatre, Torquay
19th Roses Theatre, Tewksbury.  2 shows. 5pm, 8pm.  Last Maddy Gigs


Liam Genockey (Drums) leaves the band. 
No reaons given for his departure, but he did return when Maddy did. No replacement joined the band but rather Gerry Conway and Dave Mattacks were used in tours.

Maddy Prior leaves the band and goes straight into Solo Tours in October. 


1998

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Dates Unknown.

  ? Bergen. Bootleg exists

  ? Castelnuovo nei Monti, Italy. Uncertainty about the year.


July

 18th: Maddy Prior presents 'In Good Voice' a series on BBC World Service about signing.


September / October

SEVENTEENTH ALBUM: Horkstow Grange. (Park Records) .

Click on cover for details (wiki)

The first Steeleye Span album not to feature Maddy Prior which turns out to be probably the most acoustic album since Ashley and Martin left. Bob Johnson plays the acoustic guitar on a number of tracks. Although as usual the arrangement are very much Steeleye Span, the songs are all traditional songs apart from track one which was 1920's and written by Johnny Patterson. The song 'Horkstow Grange' is where the name John 'Steeleye' Span originates from.

1. The Old Turf Fire; 2.The Tricks of London. 3. Horkstow Grange. 4. Lord Randall 5. Erin. 6. Queen Mary/Hunsden House. 7 Bonny Birdy. 8. Bonny Irish Boy. 9. I Wish That I Never Was Wed. 10. Australia. 11. One True Love .12. The Parting Glass.



Autumn 'Horkstow Grange' Uk Tour 

(19 Dates). 1st UK tour since Maddy Left, Dave Mattacks on Drums but not full time member. Long Lankin returns to the set after a long absence but the rest of the set is predictably drawn from the new album and songs from previous tours.  

Long Lankin; The Prickly Bush; Erin Grá Mo Chroí (Bob on acoustic) The Tricks of London (Bob on acoustic); One True Love (Bob on acoustic); The Dark-Eyed Sailor (Bob on acoustic); Horkstow Grange;  [Interval] The Old Turf Fire; Seagull; Black Jack Davy; Bonny Birdy; The Water Is Wide; Lord Randall; I Wish That I Never Was Wed; Thomas the Rhymer; The Old Maid in the Garrett; All Around My Hat; Jigs; Gaudete

 2nd Oct Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells
 3rd Strode Theatre, Street
 5th Millfield Theatre, Edmonston
 6th Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
 7th Assembly Rooms, Derby
 8th Municiple Hall, Colne
 9th Parr Hall, Warrington
 10th Corn Exchange, King's Lynn
 11th  Grand Opera House, York
 14th The stables, Milton Keynes
 15th  Ferenham Hall, Fareham
 16th Roses Theatre, Tewksbury
 17th Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
 19th Salisbury City Hall
 21st Customs House, South Shields
 22nd Beverley Picture House, Burton Pidsea
 25th  Corn Exchange, Cambridge
 27th Woodville Halls, Gravesend
 28th The Harlequin, Redhill


1999

April

 3rd: 'Jig and Swig Festival', Leeds Exhibition Centre, Morley. Feat. Lindisfarne/Oysterband. Steeleye headlined Saturday [over Easter] but due to time constraints had no time for encore, therefore no time for 'Hat', which is their usual festival encore. Dave Mattacks was on drums. [Thanks Jonathan Lee for info!]   

August

 2nd Nettlebed "One of a 'handful' of warm up dates before 30th Anniv tour"

 ?  Ebbw Vale. I was there but cannot remember the date.  

 5th Dranouter, Belgium.

 29th Bridgenorth festival

October / November

Autumn 30th Anniversary UK Tour (24 dates).  

Gerry Conway was on drums, virtually 30 years after he appeared on Hark! as a guest drummer. I think this was the tour that "Paul Clarvis also worked with us on a few gigs" per Peter Knight, talking when Gerry joined on a tour that Dave couldn’t make.  This tour was recorded and filmed  (Croydon), and according to Peter, to a good enough quality to release. However, due probably due to major line up changes in 2000/01 it never made it as a release.  Another one for the box set.

The Set list introduces Well Done Liar from the next album as well as 'Stuttering Lovers' which did not make it to the next album so remains unreleased and is only available on poor quality bootlegs. 

THE PRICKLY BUSH; HARVEST OF THE MOON; ERIN; ONE TRUE LOVE; DARK EYED SAILOR; LONGBONE; HORKSTOW GRANGE; THE CONNEMARA CRADLE SONG; [interval] OLD TURF FIRE; BLACK JACK DAVY; THE STUTTERING LOVERS; BONNY BIRDY; THE WATER IS WIDE; I WISH THAT I NEVER WAS WED; WELL DONE LIAR; THOMAS THE RHYMER; OLD MAID IN THE GARRETT; encore - ALL AROUND MY HAT; MASONS APRON

 16th Rosehill Theatre Whitehaven
 17th  Town Hall Accrington 
 18th  City Varieties Music Hall Leeds
 21st  Farnham Maltings Farnham
 22nd Woodville Halls Gravesend
 23rd  The Stables Milton Keynes
 24th Palace Theatre Newark
 26th  Civic Hall Guildford Pentangle 
 27th  Civic Hall Stratford-Upon-Avon
 28th  Pavilion Theatre Rhyl
 29th  De Montfort Hall LeicesterPentangle
 30th Sundial Theatre Cirencester
 31st  Octagon Theatre Yeovil 
  1st   St Georges Hall Exeter
 2nd  Huntingdon Hall Worcester
 6th   Roses Theatre Tewkesbury
 7th  Concert Hall, Fairfield Halls Croydon with Pentangle - This concert was filmed but has yet to see the light of day. Audience of about 600 (capacity 1,800) 
 8th   The Playhouse Harlow Pentangle
 9th   Dacorum Pavilion Hemel Hempstead
 11th  The Beck Theatre Hayes
 12th Castlemilk Folk Festival, Glasgow 
 15th Maddermarket Theatre Norwich
 16th The Town Hall High Wycombe
 17th  Cambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge


Nov: LIVE ALBUM: THE JOURNEY (Double CD)

Finally a recording of the 1995 concert made is way onto a double CD. Gay Woods commented later that rework was needed on many of the tracks to make it good enough for release. Gay mentioned Maddy's vocals needed some overdubbing, which of course would have been understandable given the vocal problems she was having at the time.

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