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A new album, a re-release and an Autumn 2024 tour..all details below

 'Now We Are Six' 50th Anniversary re-issue

12th July (Chrysalis Records)
On CD and Vinyl and of course all the usual streaming platforms.  This Chrysalis reissue is a re-mastering from the original master tapes and has 4 bonus tracks from never before released BBC Sessions. It also has 'new words' from Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Nigel Pegrum and Ian Anderson in the liner notes.

The 4 bonus tracks are 'Live in the studio' versions and I've been lucky enough to hear these great versions of some classic tracks. (Two Magicians; Edwin; Long-A-Growing; Thomas The Rhymer). There are no bonus tracks on the Vinyl LP. Below is an accompanying new 'Lyric Video' from Chrysalis. Click on image above for more info.

Bonus tracks:
Thomas The Rhymer (UK Single Edit)
Two Magicians (Live on Bob Harris, 20th February, 1974)
Edwin (Live on Sounds Of The Seventies, 20th February, 1974)
Long-A-Growing (Live on Sounds Of The Seventies, 20th February, 1974)
Thomas The Rhymer (Live on Sounds Of The Seventies, 20th February, 1974)

New CD/Album - 'The Green Man Collection'

On 1st December '23 a new Steeleye Span collection was released. The album features 6 new studio recordings, tracks from recent albums and two live songs from 2018. Details of all the tracks featured on this collection are HERE.  All are available to listen on YouTube; Spotify; Apple Music etc. Click image below to purchase the CD from Park Records (They ship to US and Europe) or the button below for more information about the album and tracks featured. 

The title track is a new recording of a 'lost' Steeleye song written by Bob Johnson in the 80's. Both tracks appear on the new collection. 
Album review by Simon Jones can be read HERE.

2024 Live Dates

2024 Festivals

3-7th July New Forest Folk Festival  (Jessie May Smart on violin)

Set List: Green Man; New York Girls; King Henry; Dogs and Ferrets; Jack Hall; January Man; My Giiddy Aunt; Long Lankin; Shipbuilding; 'Low Flying'; 'Genocide': Bonny Black Hare; Thomas The Rhymer ; All Around My Hat (Quo version); Dodgy Bastards.

 
Fri 2nd Aug Sidmouth Folk Festival (Pre Festival Special concert). Jessie May Smart will be on Violin. 


Oct 2024: 55th Anniversary Tour

Steeleye return for their second tour of 2024, continuing to celebrate their 55th Anniversary. 
PR: " Together for fifty five years now, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever by taking it into the world of gold discs and international tours. New album the Green Man Collection brings together tracks from their recent releases with new versions of three classics (including a reworking of ‘Hard Times’ featuring Status Quo’s Francis Rossi), a cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘Shipbuilding’ and the title track, a previously lost Bob Johnson song from the 1980s"

All dates probably in now for 21 date tour. It is believed there will be a new Live CD/Album release for this tour (Possibly a DVD as well given the above video from the 2023 tour.) They have a great deal of live material to choose from from the last 3 years, with many new songs and rarely played older tracks. Ideally it would have been a new studio album (2019 was the last full studio album) but that is expected in 2025. Lets hope we get both in due course. 

So far the venues feature some more frequently visited Steeleye venues, returning to the Beck Theatre for first time since 2015, it is actually Steeleye's 2nd most played venue (17 gigs); The Roses Theatre, where they are also revisiting is not far behind at 15 visits. (Number 1 visited Steeleye venue is the New Theatre in Oxford as it happens) 


Wed 2nd Oct Queens Hall Art Centre, Hexham.
Thu 3rd Oct The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
Fri 4th Oct Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Sun 6th Oct Roses Theatre, Tewksbury
Mon 7th Oct The Playhouse, Nottingham
Wed 9th Oct The Elgiva, Chesham
Thu 10th Oct Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
Sat 12 Oct Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea Uni
Sun 13th Oct McMillan Theatre, Bridgewater
Mon 14th The Pavilion, Bounemouth 
Tue 15th Oct
The Beck Theatre, Hayes
Thu 17th Oct The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Fri 18th Oct Westlands Yeovil
Sat 19th Oct Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
Sun 20th Oct Corn Exchange Exeter.
Wed 23rd Oct Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
Thu 24th Oct The Beam, Hertford
Fri 25th Oct Palace Theatre, Southend
Sun 27th Oct White Rock Theatre, Hastings
Mon 28th Oct Worthing Pavillion, Worthing
Tue 29th Oct Fareham Live, Fareham


December: Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band 40th Anniversary & Farewell Tour
A 'farewell' tour for this collaboration that has been going since 1984
Click here for all the gig details

Recent solo activities
Recent releases/news/activity by current Steeleye band members

Athena Octavia - Iris and Steel

Athena is part of a Indie Folk band, click on the pic to read and hear more including a digital album that you can buy online.

Maddy Prior - Stones Barn

Maddy continues to run her singing, poetry and song writing courses at Stones Barn in Cumbria. Click on image for more details. As noted above Maddy will also be touring with her new solo band 'Forgotten Lands' 

Julian Littman

Julian's amazing new concept album featured all the current Steeleye members. Read more by clicking on the image


Julian Littman 'Paper Cuts' (2023)

Julian has also released a brilliant new solo album 'Paper Cuts'. It is available on all the usual music streaming sites and on CD on Steeleye tours. 


Peter Knight's Gigspanner

And of course not forgetting ex Steeleye legendary fiddle player Peter Knight who is still very active with his band Gigspanner and various offshoots (Big Band, Saltlines, Knight & Spears) all of which are amazing and currently touring the UK.

Click on image to go to their website

2025

Steeleye Spring 2025 Tour

Very early date has appeared for May 2025.

Sat 10th May: The Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

Recent & Must See videos


Cam Ye O'er Frae France - Live 1973

Newly posted on YouTube is Steeleye's performance on the 'Midnight Special' episode from 30th November 1973. It's in great quality but was a one off performance sadly. It was recorded on 15th October at the 'Rainbow Room Theatre' in London. Click on image to jump straight to Steeleye.
Click on image to view

All Around My Hat - Nana Mouskouri show 1976

Another video I have uploaded to YouTube is a recording of Steeleye playing (Miming) 'Hat' on the Nana Mouskouri show in Jan 1976. It has not been seen before on YouTube! 

Documentary on Dutch TV (2001)

Recorded in 1999 (broadcast 2001) this is from the Dutch TV series 'Single Luck' which features one hit wonders and the background to the songs etc. Features interviews with Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Bob Johnson, Rick Kemp, Peter Knight and (producer) Mike Batt.   

1975 full TV concert!

I  uploaded to YouTube The 1975 Rockpalast Concert -  a complete made-for-TV Steeleye Span concert recorded for the German TV show 'Rockpalast' in June 1975 . This is an amazing hour long video of the band a their absolute peak. 

1981 Live in Vienna!

Vienna Folk Festival. I have recently uploaded some rare, never seen before videos of the 'Classic' Line up live on stage. Click here for Playlist.

Rare video

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 & Recent Releases

For more releases and more information please see the dedicated page: Recent Releases

Album/CD - 'Steeleye Span Live at the Bottom Line 1974' (2024)

Released by Omnivore Recordings on the 16th Feb 2024 is a high quality live show from 4th July 1974 recorded at the Bottom Line club, New York. 
An important release as it has the only officially available recordings of a few tracks that were only played live at the time and were never recorded for a studio album: The song 'Beg Your Leave (Pace Egging Song)' which often opened the show at the time; The trio of 'Pastoral' songs - 'Summer is a Comin' In'; 'Staines Morris'; 'In Peasecod Time'.  Plus there are various additional tunes not recorded, plus the 'Nautical Medley' which was sung as an encore in 1974. And finally a live release for Alison Gross, the first from the 70's.
It is available on all the usual streaming services as well as on YouTube. CD not available yet in the UK but..
The CD (and a digital download) is now available from Omnivore Recordings in the US, click on the image below.

Simon Jones gives a good summary and review of this album and 'Traitors Wages' (below) on the Spiral Earth website. 

Available 2nd Feb 2024. Click on image to pre order
Click on image for details

12 disc Box Set from the Chrysalis years! (2022)

In 2022 the wait was finally over for a Steeleye box set from the 'classic' 70s Chrysalis years! Click on the image/link for all the details!

AVAILABLE from Park Records. Click HERE to order....

Live CD- Hark! The Village Wait Live

Now available from Park Records this brilliant new Live CD from the current line up was recorded in Autumn 2017. The band ran through Steeleye's debut album in the first half of the concert. The three bonus tracks were from the second set. 'London' does not feature on the 50th CD/DVD whilst 'Marrowbones' and 'When I was on Horseback' only feature on the bonus DVD. 

Maddy says in the liner notes: "50 years later ..we re-imagined the songs for a completely line up and time..we re appraised the songs and gave ourselves the freedom to develop them to match our experiences and choices today...this live version brings a different energy".

click on image to buy from Park Records

Concept Album- Goblin Market Music

This is a great new concept album based on 'The Goblin Market' poem. Led by Julian Littman but featuring ALL of the current Steeleye line up, who co-wrote much of the material, with lead vocal contributions from Maddy, Jessie May Smart and Spud Sinclair.  Click on button or image below for more details! 
Now available from Park Records