The Band continues as active as ever and the decade will finish with the band celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a 7 piece line up (above). The decade will see 4 new Albums, one of which made the charts. The decade has however seen a few line up changes starting with Ken Nicol leaving, the band then becoming six again and later with long standing members Peter Knight and Rick Kemp leaving. However, Maddy has remained at the helm throughout.
No appearances, which has only happened before 3 times. In 2003, 1983 and 1979 .
Ken Nicol (Guitar) leaves the Band .
Since he joined in 2002, this line up became the longest serving unbroken line up in the bands history. A record for Steeleye that will not be broken, I assume! No specific reasons were given for his departure but in a statement (on FolkCast) he just felt it was time to explore his solo/due work before Steeleye 'became just a job'. It was prompted when the band were working on the dates for the two 2011 tours.
Julian Littman (Guitar, Keyboard) joins the band
Julian comes from a musical theatre/production/acting background as well as a musician. He appeared on the film Evita as well as a number of London Theatre productions and for a number of years has recorded and performed with Charlie Dore. See his profile page for more information. Liam knew Ken from working with Gerry Rafferty.
Pete Zorn (Guitar, Flute, Whistle, Saxophone) joins the Band Full Time
Pete was a popular session and touring multi-instrumentalist who performed frequently with Richard Thompson.
UK Spring Tour (24 dates)
This tour was recorded and released later in the year. They run through the Now We are Six album in the first half of the set. The initial tour flyer had no Pete Zorn on it and was not billed as 'Six Again' so I assume Pete was confirmed just after Julian and set list decided late on.
Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete Zorn on Flute); The Mooncoin Jig; Edwin; Long-A-Growing; Two Magicians; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; To Know Him is to Love Him (Pete Zorn on Sax); Second Half: Just As the Tide Was Flowing; Let Her Go Down; Edward; Creeping Jane; Long Lankin; Two Constant Lovers; Prince Charlie Stewart; Cam Ye O'er From France; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My Hat; Gaudete
16th March The Royal Theatre, Northampton
17th The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
18th Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter
19th Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
20th Cheltenham Town Hall
22nd The Swan Theatre, Worcester
23rd White Rock Theatre, Hastings
24th The Alban Arena, St Albans
26th The Palace Theatre, Mansfield
27th Assembly Room, Derby
28th Prince Of Wales Centre, Cannock
29th The Pavilion, Worthing
31st Theatre Royal, Winchester
1st April The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
2nd Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
3rd Orchard Theatre, Dartford
4th The Beck Theatre, Hayes
5th Ashcroft Theatre - Fairfield Halls, Croydon
6th Tivoli Theatre, Womborne ~(did this one take place?)
Chippenham Folk Festival
November / December
Recorded on the last tour . A run through the original album in the first half and then a 'normal' set in the 2nd set. A good quality recording with some interesting tracks and some good reworkings of the 'silly' tracks from Now We are Six. Link to buy CD on picture above
Now We are Six Again UK Autumn Tour.
26 dates. They ran through an almost identical set to the Spring tour as far as I can tell, with some small changes in the 2nd half order and also dropping Long Lankin (but that maybe only at some gigs for timing).
Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now
We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete on Flute); The Mooncoin Jig; Edwin; Long-A-Growing;
Two Magicians; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; To Know Him is to Love Him (Peter
on Sax); Second Half: Just As the Tide Was Flowing; Let Her Go Down; Edward; Two Constant Lovers; Prince Charlie Stewart; Cam Ye O'er
Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My
19th Theatre Royal, Margate
20th Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich
21st The Cresset, Peterborough
23rd Aberystwyth Arts Centre
24th Oakengates Theatre @ The Place
25th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
27th Buxton Opera House
28th Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
29th Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
30th St George's Bristol
2nd Hall For Cornwall,Truro
3rd Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
5th Reading Concert Hall
6th Birmingham Town Hall
7th Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
8th Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
9th Salisbury City Hall
11th Farnham Maltings
12th New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
14th Bedford Corn Exchange
17th Eastbourne College
18th Martletts Hall, Burgess Hill
19th The Barbican, London. Included The Accoustic Strawbs, with Martin Carthy and John Spiers as guests on Padstow/Boys of Bedlam/Lark in the Morning. This marks the return of Boys of Bedlam for the first time since it was recorded apart from an experimental version in 2008 by peter and Maddy.
Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now
We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete on Flute); The Mooncoin Jig; Edwin; Long-A-Growing;
Two Magicians; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; To Know Him is to Love Him (Peter
on Sax); [Interval; Accoustic Strawbs]; Edward; Two Constant Lovers; Bright Morning Star; Padstow; Boys of Bedlam; The Lark in the Morning; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My
20th St George's Concert Hall, Bradford
14th June The Forum, Barrow-In-Furness
15th June Beverley Festival, Beverley Leisure Centre. Video below, plus more on Youtube.
1st Sept Palace Theatre, Newark. Unsurprisingly nothing much different in the set
700 Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Thomas the Rhymer; Mooncoin Jig; Two Magicians; Betsy Bell and Mary Grey; To Know Him is to Love Him; Two Constant Lovers; Edward; Creeping Jane; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; ENCORES: All Around My Hat; Gaudete
2nd Sept Moseley Folk Festival . Video below - Bonny Black Hare
UK Spring Tour. (20 dates).
Quite a big refresh of the set after a year with no tour and 2011 focusing on the Now We are Six' Album. This tour introduced 4 songs from upcoming Wintersmith Album at the end of the first set. Long Lankin, The Blacksmith (Peter on Mandolin), Bachelor's Hall and a particularly good version of Tam Lin all return to the set whilst not a single song from 'Now We Are Six' album survives.
The King; The Blacksmith (Peter on Mandolin); Long Lankin; Let Her Go Down; Creeping Jane; [Wintersmith sometimes] ; I Shall Wear Midnight; Band of Teachers; Crown of Ice; The Dark Morris; Set Two: When I Was on Horseback; First House in Connaught / The Lady of the House; Bachelor's Hall; Hard Times of Old England; Betsy Bell and Mary Gray; Ranzo; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; Tam Lin; Bonny Black Hare. Encore: All Around My Hat; Gaudete.
8th Theatre Royal, Winchester
9th Hertford Theatre., Hertford
12th Roses Theatre, Tewskbury
13th The Haymarket, Basingstoke
14th Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole
16th Assembly Rooms, Derby
20th West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea
21st Town Hall, Loughborough
22nd The Castle, Wellingborough
23rd The Cromer Pier And Pavilion Theatre, Cromer
24th The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
25th Corn Exchange, Cambridge
29th New Theatre, Oxford
30th Beck Theatre, Hayes
31st Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
27th July: Cambridge Folk Festival.TV/Radio: This festival is covered by BBC and so there were interviews with Maddy and various highlight videos shown at the time. No longer available.
28th July: Village Pump Festival, Westbury. The Blacksmith (Youtube). Peter on Mandolin.24th August: FolkEast Festival (clips from a montage on YouTube)
October / November / December
28th: Twenty fourth ALBUM: The Wintersmith.
A concept album inspired by the Terry Pratchett book Wintersmith and related Tiffany Aching stories. All original compositions with two songs written by Bob Johnson. Reached No.77 in the UK Charts and received lots of BBC Radio airplay. The Album topped the Amazon Folk music chart.. The BBC2 show Jools Holland Show had an an interview with Maddy and Terry plus a video of the single 'The Dark Morris Song' Guests: Terry Pratchett; Karthryn Tickell ( Northumbrian pipes ) & John Spiers (Melodeon). For full Album details click on the album cover (external site)
11th Nov: 'The Dark Morris' - Single (written by Julian Littman)
November / December
UK 'Wintersmith' Tour. (29 dates)
A big 29 date tour celebrating both the new album and Peter's last appearances with the band. Nine songs in total from the Wintersmith Album. 'Saucy Sailor' and 'Seagull' also find their way back into the set after long absences, the former will stay for a few years the latter to disappear when Peter leaves. Fortunately the last date was recorded for a 2014 DVD release and is one of the best live films of the band to date. At this Salisbury gig Terry Pratchett came on stage for a quick chat and to watch the band play. Below the dates are two songs from the DVD put on Youtube by Park records.
Cold Haily Windy Night; The Weaver And The Factory Maid; The Making Of A Man (Julian on Keyboards); You (Julian on Keyboards); Ancient Eyes (Julian on Keyboards); The Dark Morris Tune (including Maddy on drum); The Dark Morris Song; (with Morris dancers); [Interval]; Thomas The Rhymer (Pete Zorn on flute); Blackleg Miner; Seagull (Pete Zorn on whistle); First Dance; Summer Lady; Crown Of Ice (Pete Zorn on Sax); We Shall Wear Midnight; Saucy Sailor; Edward; The Bonny Black Hare; Encore: All Around My Hat; Cam Ye O’er Frae France
15th Nov Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
16th Hall For Cornwall, Truro
17th Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
18th Forest Folk, Wickham
20th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
21st Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
22nd Electric Palace, Bridport
23rd Exmouth Pavilion, Exmouth
25th Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, Southport
26th St Georges Hall, Bradford
27th The Sage, Gateshead
28th Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
29th Royal & Derngate, Northampton
1st Dec Great British Folk Festival, Skegness. Included Wintersmith Medley: Ancient Eyes/Dark Morris tune/Song. Also here is a superb Peter Knight performing 'We Shall We Midnight'. A good chance as well to watch Pete Zorn on the Penny Whistle.
2nd The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
3rd Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick
4th Theatre Royal, Margate
6th Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin
7th St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
8th Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
9th Barbican Hall, London. With guests Spiers and Boden who played with the band on Saucy Sailor, The Dark Morris Tune, and probably others.
10th The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
11th The Concert Hall Reading
13th Theatr Hafren Newtown
14th The Platform Morecambe
16th Opera House Buxton
17th New Vic Theatre Newcastle – Under – Lyme
18th St Georges Hall Bristol
19th Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury- Recording of Wintersmith DVD (released 2014) feat. Terry Pratchett on stage
Peter Knight (Fiddle) Leaves the Band.
No Reasons given other than 'Enough is Enough'. Sad to see Peter go, his legacy is huge, including keeping the band going in 2001 when it looked like it would end. He joined in 1970 and was there throughout their 'classic' years. He was also the only member to have been in the band continuously since 1980 when they reformed. At the point of leaving he had served the most years of anyone in the band.
But his current project, 'Peter Knight's Gigspanner' are amazing, their website is HERE.
6th Jessie May Smart (Violin) Joins the Band
Jessie had to go through a 3 hour audition to join the band. The band liked Jessie because, Like Peter Knight, she also came from a classical background. Click on the picture below for her website.
19th Town Hall Theatre, Galway. Included: Weaver and the Factory Maid; Dark Morris Song; Summer Lady; Cam Ye O'er Frae france; Cold Haily Windy Night; Audience recording of what is Jessie's debut. Clips of the other tracks also on Youtube.
20th Sligo, The Hawk's Well Theatre. Included 'Dancing at Whitsun' (not often played. Last time in 2004) and 'Long Lankin'
21st Vicar Street, Dublin
22nd Albert Halls, Bolton
14th June. Stepping Stones Festival, Cumbria
Fri 4th July. National Forest folk, Moira Nr Ashby De La Zouch
Thu 14th Aug. Langdale Hall, Witney, Warm up gig.
Sat 16th Aug. Beautuful days Festival , Escot Park, Nr Fairmile Devon
Fri 29th Aug. Revelation St Mary’s, Ashford, Warm up gig.
Sat 30th Aug. New Forest festival, Plaitford near Romsey
October: 45th Anniversary UK Tour (19 dates)
A new line up and the first major tour after the Wintersmith/Peter farewell Tour meant major changes to the SetList. Introduction of a new medley of songs around 'Robbers' which includes a new song: 'Hark the Robbers', plus 'Jack Hall', sung by Rick, although within a year it morphs into a quite different version by Julian! These have yet to appear on any official recording. The single 'Granny Aching' and 'To be Human', both from the 'Deluxe' Wintersmith CD are also played. Boys of Bedlam, sung by Julian returns to the setlist after appearing briefly in 2008 and in 2011 sung by Martin Carthy in a one off Barbican concert. The Rick Kemp song 'Somewhere along the Road' which Maddy has recorded in the past is played by Steeleye for the first time. Order changed during tour with 'Hat' played at end of 1st half.
Blackleg Miner; The Blacksmith; Robbers Medley': [Cadgwith Anthem; ‘Hark the Robbers; Jack Hall];; Ancient Eyes; Granny Aching; The Lark In The Morning; King Henry; Wintersmith; All Around My Hat; Cam Ye O'er Frae France;Boys Of Bedlam; Edward; To Be Human;Black Jack Davy; Saucy Sailor; Crown Of Ice;The Summer Lady; Thomas The Rhymer; The Dark Morris; Somewhere Along The Road.
Wed 1st The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
Thu 2nd, Worcester Live @ Swan Theatre, Worcester
Fri 3rd, Derby Live @ Assembly Rooms. Folk Festival Derby. Concert moved to Market Place festival tent after fire. The Lark In The Morning; Blackleg Miner; Cadgwith Anthem; ‘Hark the Robbers ’Jack Hall; Boys Of Bedlam; Edward; Black Jack Davy; The Summer Lady; Crown Of Ice; The Dark Morris; Thomas The Rhymer; All Around My Hat; Somewhere Down The Road
Sun 5th Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
Mon 6th City Varaities, Leeds
Tue 7th York Barbican, York
Wed 8th The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Thu 9th Palace Theatre, Newark
Sat 11th The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
Sun 12th The Courtyard, Hereford
Tue 14th The Stables, Milton Keynes
Wed 15th Palace Theatre, Mansfield
Thu 16th G Live, Guildford
Sat 18th Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Sun 19th The Key Theatre, Peterborough
Mon 20th Fairfields Hall, Croyden
Tue 21st Alban Arena, St Albans
Thu 23rd Corn Exchange, Newbury
Fri 24th Theatre Royal, Winchester
17th November: DVD: Wintersmith Tour. (videos in 2013 above).
Included all the non-Wintersmith tracks from the tour so is a great chance to hear some classic Steeleye tracks live for the first time since 2011 'Now We are Six again'. The concert recorded was Peter's last show and there are some great performances from him. Terry Pratchett also appeared.
February / March : Winter Tour (21 dates).
Introduction of a new medley of songs about Hares, a subject Maddy has sung about in Solo albums. These have yet to make a recording. Broadly though the set list does not see many changes. The 'Robbers' Medley is still being played in some venues.
The Blackleg Miner; Long Lankin; The Lark In The Morning; The Blacksmith (or dropped); King Henry; 'Hares' Medley -[On Yonder Hill; Hunting The Hare; The Poacher's Run]; You; Wintersmith; All Around My Hat; When I Was On Horseback; The Boys Of Bedlam ; The Dark Morris Song (or on Encore); Saucy Sailor; Edward; 'Robbers Medley': [Cadgwith Anthem; Hark the Robbers; Jack Hall]; The Summer Lady; Crown Of Ice; Thomas The Rhymer; Encore: The Dark Morris Song; Somewhere Along The Road.
15th Feb The ForumBarrow-In-Furness
16th The Atkinson Southport
17th The Beck Hayes
18th Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke
20th De Roma, Antwerp, Belgium
21st Celtic & Balfolk Night Rotterdam Holland
24th Theatre Royal Margate
25th Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
26th Octagon Theatre Yeovil
27th Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe Hare
28th The Marina Theatre Lowestoft
8th Mch Harlequin Theatre Redhill W
10th Wyvern Theatre Swindon
11th The Playhouse Harlow When
12th Pavilion Theatre Worthing
14th The Gatehouse Stafford
15th Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham
16th Stratford Arts House Stratford-upon-Avon Edward
18th Costa Del Folk Festival Benalmadena Spain
20th Pyramid & Parr Hall Warrington
21st HRH Prog 3. Pwllheli Wales: Blackleg Miner ; The Dark Morris Song ; Long Lankin; King Henry; All Around My Hat; Boys of Bedlam; Wintersmith; Thomas the Rhymer
15th: Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley. Videos below.
25th: Haverfordwest Folk Rock
Festival, Haverfordwest. Pete Zorn's last concert?
25th June: Stapleton Public Hall,
Warm up Show for N. America tour. The line up was Maddy, Alex Kemp (Bass), Liam, Jessie and Julian as this was the line up that would tour US and Canada. Rick and Pete would not be on the tour. Alex Kemp is the son of Rick and Maddy.
Blackleg Miner ; Long Lankin; Robbers medley: [Cagwith Anthem; Hark the Robber; Jack Hall]; You; Edward; All Around My Hat; Boys of Bedlam; The Dark Morris Song; Saucy Sailor; Wintersmith; Thomas the Rhymer; Encore: Somewhere Along the Road
4-5 July Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso NS (Played 2 sets)
7th Midland Cultural Centre Midland ON
8th Hugh’s Room. Toronto ON. Included: Robbers Medley: Cadgwith Anthem rolling into Jack Hall (Alex Kemp). My Johnny was a shoemaker, Saucy Sailor, When I was on horseback, Somewhere along the road, Blackleg miner, Edward, Boys of Bedlam, Dark Morris Song
9-10th Winnipeg Folk festival. Winnipeg MB
11-12th Vancouver Island MusicFest Comox BC
USA: Alex Kemp could not get into US due to Visa Issue. Local Bassist Nils Peterson stepped in at the very last minute. (photos below). Apparently he first rehearsed with them at 4pm before the first show at 7.30pm!
Tue 14 The Triple DoorSeattle, WA
Thu 16 GAMHSan Francisco, CA
Sat 18 Space Evanston, IL, It was suggested that Pete Zorn flew in to replace Nils, but not confirmed and Nils was definitely at BB Kings so I assume he didn't in the end.
19th Music Haven Series Schenectady, NY: Blackleg Miner; Long Lankin; The Lark in the Morning; King Henry; I Live not where I Love; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; Hares Medley: On Yonder Hill/Hunting The Hare/The Poachers Run; The Dark Morris; Summer Lady; Saucy Sailor; All Around My Hat; When I was on Horseback; Thomas The Rhymer; Boys Of Bedlam; Somewhere along the Road. From Bootleg.
21st SiriusXM The Village session [daytime]
21st: The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
22nd Sellersville Theatre Sellersville, PA
23rd B.B. Kings NYC. Below is a pretty good audience recording of a great version of King Henry, the line features Nils Peterson. Blackleg Miner, Long Lankin; Lark in the Morning; King Henry; I live not where I love; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; 'Hares' Medley; Dark Morris Song; Summer Lady; Saucy Sailor; Dancing at Whitsun; 'Robbers Medley': Cadgwith Anthem-Hark the Robbers-Jack Hall; When I was on Horseback; Thomas The Rhymer; All Around My Hat; Somewhere Along the Road.
24th Johnny D’s Boston.
Photos below courtesy of Matt Condon taken at The Birchmere, Alexandria.
Pete Zorn leaves the band. No announcements made but clearly he was not well
`Andrew 'Spud' Sinclair (Lead Guitar) joins the band. Spud had worked with Rick Kemp on two of his solo albums
26th July: Holt Festival
Sat 8th Dranouter Festival Belgium. They definitely attended. (Thanks Johan!)
October /November: Tour of Holland/Belgium
30th Theater de Willem Papendrecht. First time I've seen 'Sovereign Prince' (audience video segment) appear in the set, a Maddy Prior solo track from 'Changing Winds' that has not been played by Steeleye before. Prince Charlie Stuart, Somewhere along the Road & Weary Cutters/New York Girls were also played here.
31st RABO Theater Hengelo
1st Iduna Drachten
3rd Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen
4th Goudse Schouwburg Gouda
5th Stadsschouwburg Brugge (B)
6th De Maaspoort Venlo
November / December
SINGLE: 'Somewhere along the Road' (Park promo video below). Rick Kemp composition, widely covered.
ALBUM Collection: 'Catch Up'. Includes tracks from 'Present' and more recent albums plus unreleased studio version of 'Somewhere along the road'
UK Autumn Tour (25 dates) 'Catch Up'
An evolving set list with fewer Wintersmith tracks (although a very heavy 'Wintersmith') and the introduction of two new tracks that will find their way onto Dodgy Bastards. Overall a set that has very few of the 'classic' Steeleye ballads, but as Maddy said on stage, 'We are not a Steeleye Span tribute band and are always looking forward'. It features 'The Sovereign Prince', Maddy's self penned song from an early solo album (with write up and lyrics printed in the programme). There is also a return for 'All Things are Quite silent having not been sung since 2009 when it made its live debut! The Weary Cutters/New York Girls combo stays in the set.
Order changed during tour a fair bit. Cold Haily Windy Night; Sir James the Rose; The Gardener; All Things Are Quite Silent; Blackleg Miner ; Crown of Ice; Ancient Eyes; You; All Around My Hat; [Interval]; The Summer Lady; Sovereign Prince; Weary Cutters; New York Girls; Cromwell's Skull; Prince Charlie Stuart; The Dark Morris Song; Wintersmith (dropped during tour); Boys of Bedlam; Encore: Somewhere Along the Road
17th Nov Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
18th Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, Oswaldtwistle
19th Town Hall, Birmingham
20th Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
22th Borough Theatre Abergavenny
23th The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Taunton
24th The Stables Milton Keynes
25th New Vic Theatre Newcastle Under Lyme
26th Prince of Wales Centre Cannock
27th Town Hall Cheltenham
29th Royal & Derngate Northampton
30th Epsom Playhouse Epsom
1st Dec The Winding Wheel Chesterfield
2nd Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield
4th Leeds Town Hall Leeds
6th Great British Folk Festival Skegness. Great recording of the band performing the 'Weary Cutters and New York Girls [below]
8th The ApexBury St Edmunds
9th Corn Exchange Ipswich
10th St Mary’s In The Castle Hastings
12th The Lighthouse Poole
13th Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
14th Cadogan Hall London
15th St George’s Bristol
16th Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth
17th City Hall Salisbury
20th Pete Zorn Dies, aged 65.
Terry Pratchett Memorial Service Concert Barbican. Steeleye play a set.
Sun 12th June Stepping Stones Festival, Cumbria
Sun 19th June Beverley Festival, Yorkshire. Bonny Black Hare on Youtube (good quality)
Thurs 28th July Sidmouth Festival, Devon
Sat 6th August New Day Festival, Kent.
Sun 7th Aug Wickham Festival, Hampshire. Clips of Steeleye here.
Fri 12th August Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire
Blackleg Miner; Sir James the Rose; The Gardener; The Dark Morris Song ; All thing are Quite Silent;Prince Charlie Stuart; Cromwell's Skull; New York Girls; Thomas the Rhymer; The Summer Lady; Crown of Ice; Boys of Bedlam; Bonny Black Hare; All Around My Hat; Encores: Somewhere Along the Road. .
October / November
18th Nov: Twenty Fifth ALBUM: Dodgy Bastards (Park Records)
After the Wintersmith Concept album this is a return to their roots with re-workings of various Child Ballads alongside three original compositions by Rick, Spud and Julian. There are guest appearances from John Spiers on the Melodeon and from Hattie Webb on the Harp. 'All Things are Quite Silent' and 'Bedlam Boys' both appear on an album again. Without doubt a 'Folk Rock' album with both in equal billing. Destined to be Rick Kemp's last Steeleye Span Album.
October: UK 'Dodgy Bastards Tour' (22 dates)
Only 6 of the 17 tracks are carried over from the previous years tour as new album dominates with up to 9 songs. Plus the welcome return of 'Peace on the Border' and 'Isobel' from Back In Line, which joining Edward makes 'Back In Line' from 1986 well represented. The Encore is another Rick Kemp solo track 'Deep in the Darkest Night' which I don't think has been sung by Steeleye before.
The King; Sir James the Rose or Bonny Black Hare; Lovely on the Water; Peace on the Border; Isabel; Bad Bones; Edward; Cruel Brother (or not at all) ; Johnnie Armstrong; All Around my Hat; Cromwell's Skull; All thing are Quite Silent; Brown Robyn's Confession; Bad Bones (sometimes) The Gardener; Wintersmith; Dodgy Bastards; The Dark Morris Song; Encores: Deep in the Darkest Night; Blackleg Miner (or not) .
6th Farnham Maltings
7th Hertford Theatre, Hertford
8th New Theatre Royal Portsmouth
9th Shanklin Theatre Isle Of Wight
11th Floral Pavilion Theatre New Brighton
12th The Victoria Theatre Halifax
14th Buxton Opera House Derbyshirer
15th Drill HallBury
16th Middlesbrough Theatre Middlebrough
17th The Platform Morecambe
18th The King’s Hall & Winter Garden Ilkley
20th Open Bank Plain Norwich
21st Chelmsford Civic Theatre Essex
22nd The Corn Exchange Newbury
23th Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne
24th The Orchard Theatre Dartford
26th Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa
27th The Alban Arena, St Albans
28th Maesteg Town Hall, Maesteg
29th Cheese And Grain Frome
30th The Capitol, Horsham
31st Key Theatre, Peterborough
RICK KEMP leaves the Band.
Rick retires from the band and touring. He had a total of 32 years with the band. A big influence to the bands sound and a superb song writer who will be sorely missed for his contributions, which become a staple of many of their later albums. Let's hope the band continue to use his songs.
Rick is still active and has an 'Evening with Rick Kemp' show that he is available to take bookings for, even in your home! Click on the picture above to go to his website for more details. He has recently released an excellent new album 'Perfect Blue' which can be bought 'HERE'. It includes a new version of his Steeleye track 'Where are they now?' from the Sails of Silver album.
Benji Kirkpatrik (Multi Instrumentalist) joins.
Benji is the son of John KirkPatrick, the famous British folk dance accordion player who was in Steeleye 1977/78. Benji had worked and toured previously with Maddy and was part of Bellowhead.
Roger Carey (Bass) joins.
Roger played with Peter Knight in the 80's and has worked with drummer Liam Genockey for a number of years, both are based in Hastings.
November / December: UK 'Hark The Village Wait' Tour. (25 dates planned, 1 cancelled)
17th Nov ST Georges Chruch Beckenham
18th Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury
19th Harlequin Theatre Redhill
20th Key Theatre Peterborough
22nd Corn Exchange Exeter
23rd ST Georges Church Bristol
25th Octagon Theatre Yeovil
26th Acapela Studios Pentrych
27th Brewhouse Theatre Tounton
28th Borough Theatre Abergavenny
30th Nova Arts Centre Aberystwyth
2nd Dec The Atkinson Southport
3rd Winding Wheel Chesterfield
4th The Kings Hall & Winter Garden
5th Newcastle City Hall Newcastle. With Jacqui Macshee's Pentangle & Accoustic Strawbs
6th ARC Arts Centre Stockton on Tees
8th Tivoli Theatre Winbourne
9th Cheese and Grain Frome
10th The Stables Milton Keynes. Cancelled due to snow. re-arranged for 2018
11th Roses Theatre Tewksbury
13th The Apex Bury St Edmonds
14th St Mary in the Castle Hastings
15th City Hall Salisbury
16th Haymarket Theatre Basingtoke
17th Wawick Arts Centre Coventry. With Jacqui Macshee's Pentangle
Steeleye feature in Mojo magazine in the 'How to Buy' section. Although basically they list the albums in virtual release order as the best ones to buy, but with Dodgy Bastards at number 10 which is good.
6th July St Edith Folk Club , SevenOaks
7th July New Forest Folk Festival
26th August Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Streamed Live on Youtube
Available to view the whole show in high quality (LINK) . Too large to show here but one of the best quality full sets from Steeleye available on Youtube, from any year. Also the best (and only for now) chance to see/hear Steeleye live since 2013 Wintersmith Deluxe CD and DVD - apart from a couple of sample songs from a 2019 potential DVD release.
Setlist at all Festivals: Blackleg Miner; The Gardener; Alison Gross; One Night as I lay On my Bed; Edward; Cruel Brother; Marrowbones; Little Sir Hugh; When I was on Horseback; London; The Dark Morris Song; Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.
Photos below are from Shrewsbury and reproduced by kind permission of Oss. Click for his full set of pictures and other acts on Flikr.
October: UK Autumn Tour (15 dates)
A relatively short tour which was filmed but only two YouTube videos published by Park Records have been seen so far (below). The set continues some early pieces played on the Hark! tour, only 2 tracks from 'Dodgy Bastards' and five new songs from the upcoming album - 'Roadways', 'Harvest', 'Reclaiming', 'January Man' and 'Domestic'. January Man is a Dave Goulder track which Maddy and Tim Hart have sung solo previously. Maddy has also sung 'My Husband has no Courage in Him' previously with June Tabor and it appears here as part of the 'Domestic' medley. Reclaiming is written by Rose Kemp and Roadways by Spud Sinclair. The second set climax has changed from recent closing song 'Dark Morris' back to 'Bonny Black Hare', which closed the set in Peter Knight's time.
Dark Morris; Edward; Marrowbones; Sir James the Rose; January Man; Harvest (or played 2nd); Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary ; Dodgy Bastards [Interval] ;Domestic ; Long Lankin; One Night as I lay on my Bed; Roadways; When I was on Horseback; Copshawholme Fair; Blackleg Miner; Alison Gross; Bonny Black Hare. Encore: Reclaiming; All Around My Hat.
Note: Edward/'Domestic' Medley/Copshawlholme Fair were dropped when playing with Jacqui.
1st Lyric Theatre Carmathen
2nd Subscription Rooms Stroud
3rd The Stables Milton Keynes (re-arranged from 2017)
4th Swan Theatre Worcester
6th Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne
7th Chelmsford Theatre Chelmsford
8th Corn Exchange Cambridge. w. Jacqui Mcshee's Pentangle
9th Opera House Buxton
10th Palace Theatre Mansfield
12th The Core at Corby Cube Corby
13th Holy Trinity Church Sudbury
14th Theatre Royal Margate
15th Hexagon Theatre Reading. w. Jacqui Mcshee's Pentangle
17th Royal Philharmonic Liverpool. w. Jacqui Mcshee's Pentangle
18th The Courtyard Hereford
w/c 19th Nov: Start recording new album in Broadoak Studios, Hastings, the same Studios that 'Dodgy Bastards' was recorded.
January: Irish Tour
Jessie May Smart was on Maternity leave and was replaced with 'Violeta Barreña'. The set list continues from 2018 with no new songs. Thanks Tim for the set list from the Black Box!
The Dark Morris Song - Harvest/The Gleaning - Edward - Sir James The Rose - The January Man - Marrowbones - Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary - Dodgy Bastards -/- interval -/- Domestic - One Night As I Lay On My Bed - Roadways - Blackleg Miner - When I Was On Horseback - Alison Gross - The Bonny Black Hare -[encore]- Reclaiming - All Around My Hat
23rd Black Box, Belfast. (sold out)
24th Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin
25th Theatre Royal, Waterford
"50th Anniversary" Spring Tour (24 dates)
The Spring 24 date tour sees 'Violeta Barreña' continuing on violin with Jessie May Smart on maternity leave. The new album, "Est. 1969" was available to buy on tour. A programme was available for the first time in 4 years with an interview with Maddy about the history of the band.
The set list features many classic Steeleye big ballads including King Henry, Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer (which did open but was moved to close the 1st set) and a welcome return of 'Seventeen Come Sunday', not heard live regularly since 1978 (appeared on the Journey concert in '95). Benji sang it as tribute to his Dad's time in the band when the song was introduced. 'The Elf Knight' returns for the first since 1997. One Misty Moisty Morning returns, surprisingly for the first time since 2004. Typical of the band, 10 songs are dropped from the 2018 tour including the Hark! songs left over from when they toured that album in 2017. All Dodgy Bastard album songs now dropped apart from the title tune which is in the encore. Bonny Black Hare also dropped, which along with Dark Morris had shared the closing 'big' song for nearly 10 years. In fact only two songs survive from the set the Band closed out their 40th Anniversary year tour, 10 years ago ('Hat' and 'Little Sir Hugh'). 5 songs from the new album are played including 'Old Matron' which was not heard on the last UK Tour. Maddy left the stage half way through each set for one song, presumably to give her voice a rest (Old Matron and 17 Come Sunday)
Harvest; One Misty Moisty Morning; The Elf Knight; January Man; Alison Gross; Old Matron;Thomas the Rhymer [Interval] Tam Lin; Black Jack Davy; Roadways; King Henry; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Little Sir Hugh; Seventeen Come Sunday; Domestic. Encore: Reclaimed; All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.
21st March Burnley Mechanics
22nd Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes
23rd Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
24th Grand Opera House, York.
25th Darlington Hippodrome
27th Playhouse, Whitley Bay
28th Theatre Royal, Wakefield
29th March, Palace Theatre, Newark.
30th Hertford Theatre, Hertford.
31st Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
2nd April Kings Hall, Ilkley
3rd De Montfort Hall, Leicester
5th Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne
6th The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
7th St David's Hall, Cardiff
8th Theatre Seven, Shrewsbury
10th New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
11th Regent Theatre, Ipswich
12th Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
13th Revelation St Mary Church, Ashford
14th Theatre Royal, Winchester
16th Epsom Playhouse, Epsom
17th Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
18th Capitol Theatre, Horsham
28th June: Twenty Sixth ALBUM: 'Est'd 1969' (Park Records)
Available on the Park Records Online shop.
The Bands 23rd studio album of original material and celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Recorded at Broadoak Studios in November and January and mixed in one week in order to be available for the Spring tour. Mix of mainly traditional ballads with original arrangements and a couple of original songs. 'The Boy and the Mantle' is Child No.29, Mackerel of the Sea (or Laily Worm) is Child No.36, which has a theme similar to Alison Gross. 'The Cruel Ship's Carpenter' is a Roud Broadside Ballad, also called 'the Ghost Ship' (a popular variant is 'Pretty Polly'). 'Domestic' is a medley of Trad songs: 'John Hobbs' and 'My Husband has no Courage in Him'. Roadways is a Spud Sinclair song and Reclaimed was written by Rose Kemp, Maddy and Rick's daughter.
The album includes Jessie May Smart who did not tour at the start of 2019. 'Old Matron' features Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on flute, 45 years on since he produced ''Now We are Six'. Harpsichordist Sophie Yates guests on 'The Boy and the Mantle'. 'Harvest' from the new album is heard on the 2018 video above 'live' from the 2018 tour (there appears to be overdubbing on the video)
24th July BBC Radio 'Folk On Two': 'Steeleye Span at 50, with Maddy Prior'.
Friday 29th June: Glastonbury Festival. Field of Avalon Stage.
Photo by Edwardx - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=80711182
Harvest; Seventeen Come Sunday; The Elf Knight; Thomas the Rhymer; Alison Gross; Domestic; All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.
7th July Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire. (Closing act. Click on picture to go to video of 'Harvest')
3rd Aug: Maddy Prior made a surprise appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival singing with Nancy Kerr. (Sheath and Knife)
Beautiful Days Festival
Sunday night headlining the 'Big Top' stage
7th Sept: Chasty Sveta Festival, St Petersburg, Russia
A small 'Wold Music' festival. Finally Steeleye make their first trip to Russia! (Tony Secunda had announced a Russian tour for June 1976 but in the end it fell through and never took place) . Violeta Barreña stood in once again for Jessie May Smart. Video below is concert from Alison Gross onwards.
Set List (in order): Harvest; Alison Gross ; Elf Knight; One Misty Moisty Morning Thomas the Rhymer; Seventeen Come Sunday; Domestic; All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.
Sept - New Archive LIVE CD - De Montfort Hall Feb 1978. Angel Air Records.
Recorded for a Radio Broadcast (not sure if it was ever broadcast as I have not seen any reference to it before) and now available as a Live CD, released by Angel Air Records in September 2019. An exciting release because apart from Live at Last, no other official live recordings of this line up exist. It means a chance to hear the line up's rousing versions of 'Cam Ye O'er Frae France', The Boar's Head and set closer 'Seventeen Come Sunday', as well as live versions of Awake Awake and Galtee Farmer. The only missing 'nice to have' would have been the second encore of 'Down in the Valley' but they may not have played it on the night. The recording also misses the traditional opening sing 'False Knight on the Road' and 'The Victory' both of which almost certainly would have featured on the night given what we know about the set list at the time.
1. Galtee Farmer; 2. Awake Awake; 3. The Saucy Sailor; 4. The Black Freighter; 5. Hunting The Wren; 6. Sweep, Chimney Sweep; 7. The Duke Of Athols Highlanders; 8. Walter Bulwer’s Polka; 9. Cam Ye O’er Frae France; 10. The Boar’s Head; 11. Seventeen Come Sunday; 12. Rave On
November / December
20th Nov - Theatre Royal, Margate
You have made it to the end! well done (or you just skipped to the latest dates!) Either way here is a bonus for getting this far :) an amusing short interview with the band from 1976. Look out for the awkward 'lost in translation' moment and Peter trolling Rick!