Latest News & Gigs

2020 was hit by Covid-19 but tours are planned for Oct 2021 and May 2022 

Round up of new YouTube videos

NEW! Rare live performance

I have uploaded a never seen before video of a song Steeleye recorded for a short film about the 'Seven Ages of Man' in 1974. The song is based on the 'Gamble Gold' melody with original lyrics

NEW! Live on Swiss TV in 1974

I have uploaded a newly discovered performance from 1974 on Swiss TV. Alison Gross is above and the rest are on this Youtube Playlist. See 1974 section on timeline for full details.

1970 'Music Room'

NEW! For the first time the whole of the 1970 ATV 'Music Room' TV appearance of Steeleye is available to watch. This is widely believed to be the first ever public appearance of the band!

BONUS: new unlisted video - check  out 1981 on the timeline for an exclusive very rare video I have uploaded......

23rd April 2021 - BBC Four - 'St. Georges Day' at the BBC

The show featured the Maddy Prior Band singing 'Wake Up England'. It was recorded in 1980 and shown on the 1981 BBC Two series 'Jake Thakray and Songs'.  It is thought the band played 2 or 3 songs in total. 

The line up featured Rick Kemp and Nigel Pegrum. Plus I believe Richie Close (Keyboard) and Mick Dyche (Guitar) but I can't be certain. 

The BBC Four clip is available to view on BBC iPlayer until March 2022. Click HERE to view while still available

Festivals 2021

27th-30th Aug - Towersey Folk Festival - CANCELLED

Peter Knight's Gigspanner Big Band

Although not currently in Steeleye, the bands legendary Fiddle player is the most active 'classic line-up' member apart from Maddy. His current band is quite brilliant, producing great trad. based music, including some Steeleye material. They have various appearances and tours in the second half of 2021.  For all their dates go to their website Here

2021 UK Autumn Tour

"The early 1970s would prove to be the start of a vintage period for music and the

beginning of an era that would change the world. For Steeleye Span – as the previous
decade had drawn to a close - it would see them established as a major creative force.

By the end of 1971 they had not only released their classic debut Hark The Village
Wait but two follow ups – Please To See The King and Ten Man Mop - launching one
of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Five decades on and the
band, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and with a seven piece line-up
featuring some of the most skilled musicians on the UK folk scene, celebrate fifty
years of these famous albums, playing key tracks from all three as well as favourites
and gems from their long and glittering career."

This is an updated text for the 2021 tour and it now mentions Please to see The King and Ten Man Mop as well as Hark!, which the 2020 cancelled tour referenced. It will be interesting to see what new songs they revisit from these albums as the current line up had already been playing a few of them in 2018 - 'When I was On Horseback; Blackleg Miner; 'Marrowbones'; 'One Night as I lay on Bed' but only 'The Blacksmith' in 2019.  

30th Sept The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow (postponed)
1st Oct: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh Scotland
3rd The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
5th King George's Hall, Blackburn (postponed to 2022)
6th Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
7th The Marine Hall, Fleetwood
8th New Theatre, Peterborough
11th Queen's Theatre, Barsntable
12th Swan Theatre, Wrocester  
13th The Core, Solihull
14th YTheatre, Leicester
15th Wycombe Swan Theatre & Old Town Hall
17th Mansfield Palace Theatre
18th The Stables, Milton Keynes
19th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon  
21st The Haymarket, Basingstoke
23rd Pontardawe Arts Centre
24th Stratford Play House, Stratford-upon-Avon
25th New Theatre Royal, Lincoln

Dec 2021: Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band

Tour in December - for dates go to Park Records


March 17th-20th 2022  

HRH Prog Festival. Camp HRH. Great Yarmouth

April 2022: Maddy Prior Solo dates
Maddy will be appearing on some solo gigs for the 1st time since April 2018. These were first due in 2020, now delayed to 2022.  
" Her latest tour will see her revisit this incredible body of work, alongside highlights of her collaborations with musicians such as Giles Lewin, Benji Kirkpatrick, Hannah James and Tim Hart – rounding up both the traditional and contemporary aspects of her career.
Joined by Steeleye guitarist Spud Sinclair and Ian Matthews, a multi-instrumentalist from Maddy’s beloved Borders region, the show includes songs from her acclaimed Ravenchild, Arthur the King and Lionhearts albums as well as other favorites from across the decades"

?th April: Milton Rooms, Malton (Was due in 2021 like Reeth so I assume still on?)
8th April: Reeth Memorial Hall

2022 UK Spring Tour

Dates are starting to appear for May 2022, ones that have been moved from May 2021 (& 2020!)

3rd May Lowther Pavilion, Lytham
4th Robert Bolt Theatre, Waterside, Sale, Trafford.
5th May. Arts Centre Pocklington
6th May. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield 
9th May Buxton Opera House
10th City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds 
12th May Palace Theatre, Newark. 
13th Royal Spa Leamington Spa
14th Maltings, Fareham
15th May Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.   
17th May St Georges Bristol   
18th Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
19th Pavilion Theatre, Exmouth.
21st The Lighthouse Poole
22nd May  Winchester Theatre Royal    
24th May The Elgiva, Chesham

2022 Festivals

28th July - Sidmouth Folk Festival

Latest Releases

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50th Anniversary DVD/CD Box Set

A live DVD/CD 4 disk set celebrating the 50th Anniversary. DVD's recorded at Epsom in April 2019 and Buxton in October 2018. The CD's are from the 2019 concert. Also included is an 11 minute documentary about the history of the band involving interviews of current/ex band members plus managers/engineers etc. Notable for featuring a first public appearance of Bob Johnson since 2001.

New Archive Live CD

Recorded for a Radio Broadcast (not sure if it was ever broadcast ) 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 exists. 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.

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New Book: The Steeleye Span Story

Not an official authorised Steeleye book, although it does feature new interviews with some of the band members. It mainly pulls together much of what is already known from all the various interviews/press cuttings etc that have been written over the years. But it is well written and knits all those interviews/articles into a comprehensive history of the band. It is also unique is that it covers the Steeleye story into the 21st Century which the other books have not tended to do so.