Latest News & Gigs

2020 has been hit by Covid-19 but but two tours in 2021 are planned for May and Oct. 

Round up of recent YouTube videos

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 as the first ever public appearance of the band!

1971 Ainsdale beach

I have uploaded a new copy of the 1971 Aisndale Beach (Southport) performance which is the full set and in much better quality than previously available on Youtube.

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. 

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

10th July:  Mellow Festival, Henley Castle, Worcestershire.
31st July - Worcester Festival   
27th-30th Aug - Towersey Folk Festival

2021 UK Autumn Tour

Dates originally planned for October 2020 have been moved here.

30th Sept The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow
1st Oct: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh Scotland
3rd The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
5th King George's Hall, Blackburn
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 Oct YTheatre, Leicester
15th Oct Wycombe Swan Theatre & Old Town Hall
17th Oct Mansfield Palace Theatre
18th Oct The Stables, Milton Keynes
19th Oct 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 

1st Dec. The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

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 to 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 House10th 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

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.

Click on image to buy from Amazon

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.