So far the year has seen a short trip to Ireland in January and a Spring tour of the UK. There are festival appearances planned in the Summer, including Glastonbury, a trip to Holland in November followed by another UK Anniversary Tour in November/December, incorporating an appearance at the Great British Folk Festival in Skegness.
There has also been a brand new Studio Album release, "EST'd 1969" details for which are below.
Jessie May Smart did not join the tour as she was on Maternity leave. She was replaced with 'Violeta Barreña'.
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 Jan Black Box, Belfast. (sold out)
24th Jan Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin
25th Jan Theatre Royal, Waterford
50th Anniversary Spring Tour
The Spring tour sees 'Violeta Barreña' continuing on violin with Jessie May Smart on maternity leave. The new album, "Est. 1969", was available to buy on the tour along with a programme, for the first time in 4 years, which featured an interview with Maddy about the history of the band. A couple of dates were filmed.
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 played. 'The Elf Knight' returns for the first since 1997, Maddy's last tour before she left. 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. 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
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 and mixed mainly at Broadoak Studios in November and January. It is a mixture of traditional re-arrangements and 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 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 below, "live" from the 2018 tour (there is overdubbing on the video)
Summer Festivals. (Jessie back playing)
Friday 28th June Glastonbury Festival! Avalon Stage
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')
18th Aug: Sunday night on the 'Big Top' stage - Beautiful Days Festival
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.
Set list: 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 not seen any reference to it before) and available as 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 it may not have been played 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
22nd-24th May: Mello Festival, Henley Castle, Worcestershire.
28th-31st Aug: Towersey Folk Festival