2019 is the 50th Anniversary year of Steeleye Span!
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, presumably as she had a baby recently. 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", is available to buy on the tour and there was a programme available for the first time in 4 years with a big 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 and was moved to close the 1st set) and a welcome return of 'Seventeen Come Sunday', not heard live regularly since 1978, although did appear on the Journey concert in '95, Benji singing a song that was from his Dad's time in the band. '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. 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
Twenty Sixth ALBUM: 'Est'd 1969' (Park Records)
Currently only available on the Spring Tour, but from 18th April will be 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 version of Child Ballad 3 & 'Pretty Polly'). 'Domestic' are the 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 features 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, a two part song, the 2nd part about 'Gleaning', from the new album is heard below, "live" from the 2018 tour (there is overdubbing on the video)
28th-30th June Glastonbury Festival!
7th July Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire. (Sunday Night)
18th Aug: Sunday night on the 'Big Top' stage - Beautiful Days Festival
November Holland Tour
14th Nov Hedon, Zwolle, Holland
15th Nov Concertzaal, Tilburg
16th Nov Podium Duycker, Postbus, Hoofddoorp, Holland
17th Nov Paard, The Hague, Holland
UK - '50th Anniversary' Winter Tour
20th Theatre Royal, Margate
22nd Nov - St Alban's Arena.
30th Nov or 1st Dec. Great British Folk Festival, Skegness
11th Dec - The Haymarket, Basingstoke