The 2010's

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.


Now we are Six Again and back on the road for two tours in the year


Pete Zorn (Guitar, Flute, Whistle, Saxophone)  joins the Band Full Time

 Julian Littman (Guitar, Keyboard)  joins the band

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UK Spring Tour 'Now we Are Six again' . 

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.

Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete  Zornon 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 

14th Nov: LIVE ALBUM: Now We are Six Again

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. 

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 From France;  Creeping Jane; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My Hat; Gaudete 

 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. 

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 Hat; Gaudete

 20th St George's Concert Hall, Bradford



 14th June    The Forum, Barrow-In-Furness 

 15th June      Beverley Festival, Beverley Leisure Centre. Video below


 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 


(46 dates) A collaboration with Terry Pratchett, a return the charts and Peter Knight leaves the band at the end of the year


 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, 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

 BBC Radio 6 played the 1970 Full House Session. The first appearance of the Mk2 Band. Was much better sound quality than the tracks that appear on the Please to see the King 2003 CD reissue.  This show gets repeated frequently.

 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.

 24th August: FolkEast Festival (clips from a montage on YouTube)

October / November / December

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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 Dark Morris song' Guests: Terry Pratchett; Karthryn Tickell ( Northumbrian pipes ) & John Spiers (Melodeon).  For full Album details click on the album cover (external site)

Park Records produced a promo video for the project which is below.

November / December

 UK 'Wintersmith' Tour. (29 dates)

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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.  

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 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 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

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.

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 Ireland Tour

 19th   Town Hall Theatre, Galway

 20th  Sligo, The Hawk's Well Theatre

 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: Autumn UK Tour (19 dates)

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 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. 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


27th Oct:ALBUM: Wintersmith Deluxe double CD .

Included the original album on DC1. CD2 had 4 new studio songs (With Jessie) on the same Wintersmith
theme, live versions of Wintersmith songs from the last tour, plus 2 demo's of the Bob Johnston tracks, both featuring Bob  (Ancient Eyes; Wee Free Men). 

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 also some great performances from him. Terry Pratchett also appeared.


With over 70 dates, North American and European tours, the busiest year of the decade. 

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, Roweltown.  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 

North American Tour.
As well as playing the 'Hares Medley' and occasionally the 'Robbers Medley' on this tour they also played the version of 'King Henry' that had a nice improv/solo from Jessie in the middle. 

 4-5 July Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso NS

 7th Midland Cultural Centre Midland ON

 8th Hugh’s Room. Toronto ONIncluded: 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. (far right below)


 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.


Pete Zorn leaves the band.  No announcements made but clearly he was not well 

`Andrew 'Spud' Sinclair (Lead Guitar) joins the band. Spud has worked with Rick Kemp on most 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' appear in the set, a Maddy Prior solo track from 'Changing Winds' that has not been played by Steeleye before. Prince Charlie Stuart and 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' 

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UK Autumn Tour (25 dates) 'Catch Up'   

An evolving set list with fewer Wintersmith tracks and the introduction of two new tracks that will find their way onto Dodgy Bastards. Plus '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 the Weary Cutters/New York Girls combo.

  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. Plus the welcome return of 'Peace on the Border' and 'Isobel' from Back In Line, joining Edward make the album 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.

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Now we are Seven!!  A fairly quiet year as the band re-organises and recruits as a result of Rick leaving 

Benji Kirkpatrik (Multi Instrumentalist) joins.  Benji is the son of John KirkPatrick, the famous British folk dance accordian player who was in Steeleye 1977/78. Benji had worked and toured previously with Maddy.

Roger Carey (Bass) joins. Roger has worked with drummer Liam Genockey for years, both based in Hastings.

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November / December: UK 'Hark The Village Wait' Tour.

The bands 1st album was played in its entirety as the first set of all the concerts on this 25 date tour. This of course meant some rarely sung songs, if ever ('Copshawholme Fair'  & 'Hills of Greenmore' almost certainly heard for the first time live having not appeared in the 'Journey' concert in '95). Some were sung by Maddy for the first time (Dark Eyed Sailor & Lowlands of Holland). Alison Gross also makes a very welcome return to the set list after an absence of many years (mid 80's). Marrowbones, sung by Benji, also appears which again does not appear on any previous setlist. It first appeared on Ten Man Mop, after which that line up broke up so it is possibly making a live debut after 46 years, much like the 2 Hark! songs above. 'London' also returns after a long break with Julian singing it as a nod to the recently departed Rick Kemp.  
A Calling on Song; The Blacksmith; Fisherman's Wife; Blackleg Miner; Dark Eyed Sailor; Copshawholme Fair; All Things Are Quite Silent; The Hills of Greenmore; My Johnny Was a Shoemaker; Lowlands of Holland; Twa Corbies; One Night as I lay on My Bed; [Interval]; Cruel Brother; Alison Gross; Edward; Marrowbones; The Gardener; Little Sir Hugh; When I was on Horseback; London; Tam Lin; The Dark Morris Song; Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

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 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 and now available to view the whole show in high quality(LINK) . Too large to show here. 

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

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 Medley ; Long Lankin; One Night as I lay on my Bed; Roadways (new album, new tune put to a John Masefield Poem about the sea); 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. Pentantagle's Jacqui Mcshee
 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. Pentangle's Jacqui Mcshee
 17th Royal Philharmonic Liverpool. w.Pentangle's Jacqui Mcshee.
 18th The Courtyard Hereford


 w/c 19th Nov: Start recording new album in Broadoak Studios, Hastings, the same Studios that 'Dodgy Bastards' was recorded.


50th Anniversary year!

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 ' Medley- 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

   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 with 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.

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

Twenty Sixth ALBUM:  'Est'd 1969' (Park Records)

Available on the Park Records Online shop. Official release date is 17th June.

The Bands 23rd studio album of original material and celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Recorded at Broadoak Studios in November and January. It had to be mixed in one week in order to be available for the Spring tour. Once again a mixture leaning more towards the traditional with some original songs. 'The Boy and the Mantle' is Child Ballad number 29, Mackerel of the Sea (or Laily Worm) is Child 36, which has a theme similar to Alison Gross, and '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 does include 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 is overdubbing on the video)

Summer Festivals

Friday 29th June Glastonbury Festival 

7th July Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire. (Sunday Night)

 18th Aug: Sunday night on the 'Big Top' stage - Beautiful Days Festival

November / December

Holland Tour

 14th  Hedon, Zwolle, Holland
 16th  Podium Duycker, Postbus, Hoofddoorp, Holland
 17th  Paard, The Hague, Holland
UK - '50th Anniversary' Winter Tour

 20th Nov - Theatre Royal, Margate
 21st Nov - St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
 22nd Nov - St Alban's Arena
 23rd Nov -  Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
 24th Nov - Malvern Forum Theatre
 25th Nov - New Brighton Floral Pavillion    
 28th Nov - The Atkinson, Southport.
 1st Dec - Great British Folk Festival, Skegness
 2nd Dec - The Apex, Bury St Edmonds
 3rd Dec - The Stables, Milton Keynes
 4th Dec - The Stables, Milton Keynes
 6th Dec - Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
 7th Dec - Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales.

 8th Dec - Cheese and Grain, Frome
 9th Dec - Corn Exchange, Exeter
 11th Dec - The Haymarket, Basingstoke
 12th Dec - The Dome, Brighton
 14th Dec - Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe
 15th Dec - City Hall Salisbury
 16th Dec - Birmingham Town Hall
 17th Dec - The Barbican, London (special 50th Anniversary show??)

You have made it to the end! well done (or you just skipped to the latest dates!) Either way here is a bonus extra 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!