Latest News & Gigs

New 12 disc box set, a new Live CD and a May 2022 tour 
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New 12 disc Box Set from the Chrysalis years! 

on May 27th (official release date) the wait is finally over for a Steeleye box set from the 'classic' 70s Chrysalis years! Click on the image/link for all the details!

AVAILBLE NOW! from Park Records Click HERE to order....

Round up of new YouTube videos

1975 full TV concert!

I have recently 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!

NEW! Sails of Silver from the 1981 Vienna Folk Festival. I have recently uploaded this rare, never seen before clip of the 'Classic' Line up live on stage.

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

2022 Tour dates

May: Spring UK Tour

The second tour without Benji who officially left in January.  Violeta Vicci features once again on violin, this time for the whole tour.

The tour was initially billed as celebrating 50 years since the first three albums of Steeleye and they were expected to feature heavily. (The promo blurbs on the various venue websites were quite varied as this was a delayed tour from both 2020 and 2021). But in the end the band decided to change plans and per the final PR:

" Join Steeleye Span for an night of folk celebration! The evening will see them playing homage to one of their early albums, as they play 1972's Below the Salt album in full. A hugely influential landmark album in Span's vast catalogue, that brought the timeless classic Gaudete (reaching number 14 on the UK Singles Charts)."

So the first set is a complete run through of the 1972 (50 years ago!) album: 'Below the Salt'. (Although the order is different. As Maddy said, what is a good order on an 2 sided LP does not necessarily make a great gig). This means we get to hear rarely heard songs, a few not heard live for a long time and quite a few not played by this line up. I have noted in the set list below when they were last played. 'Spotted Cow' and 'Rosebud in June' were last heard in the 80s whilst the longest is the two jigs - 'The Bride's Favourite / Tansey's Fancy', not played since 1974! Spotted Cow here does not have the tune 'Sailor's Bonnet' attached to it that was used in the 80's. John Barleycorn is sung by Roger Carey, making his singing debut and at the start Tim Hart's spoken intro from the album was played through the PA system. Royal Forester was for a long time in the 70's the set opener or closer and here closes out the first set and was last played in 2009 by the 'Ken Nicol' line up. Here it is sung by Spud Sinclair with an emphasis on the 'Rock' in Folk Rock! Gaudete is again sung by Violeta and Maddy together. 

The second half is more typical of the recent tours by this line up with all songs carried over from 2021 except for one not played live previously  - Lofty Tall Ship/Shallow Brown (from Dodgy Bastards). Interestingly no songs from Est'd 1969 are now in the set for the first time since 2017 (Harvest & Domestic pre-dated the album in the live set).  
No programme available on the tour. Although there was a new Tea Towel - 'All Around My Sink'..!

Set List: 

1/Spotted cow (not played since 1986); 2. King Henry (2021); 3. Saucy Sailor (2015); 4. The Bride's Favourite / Tansey's Fancy (1974); 5. Rosebud in June (1982); 6. John Barleycorn (sung by Roger Carey) (2002); 7.Sheep Crook & Black Dog (2009); 8. Gaudete (2019) 9.The Royal Forester (2009) (sung by Spud Sinclair). Interval 10. Lofty Tall Ship/Shallow Brown; 11. Little Sir Hugh; 12. Misty Moisty Morning; 13.The Dark Morris; 14. When I was on Horse Back; 15. Weaver and the Factory Maid; 16. London; 17. Wintersmith; 18. Bonny Black Hare. Encore: All Around My Hat / Dodgy Bastards.

New T- Shirt for sale on tour
New Tea-Towel for sale!

3rd May Lowther Pavilion, Lytham. 450 capacity (85% sold)
4th Robert Bolt Theatre, Waterside, Sale, Trafford. 350 capacity (c98% sold)
5th May. Arts Centre Pocklington. 200 capacity (SOLD OUT)
6th May. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield 856 capacity (30-40% sold)
9th May Buxton Opera House 900 capacity (c85% sold)
10th City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds. 467 capacity (+90% sold)
12th May Palace Theatre, Newark. 626 capacity (c60% sold)
13th Royal Spa Leamington Spa 667 capacity (c50% sold)
14th Farnham Maltings. 410 capacity (SOLD OUT)
15th May Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. 622 capacity (<50% sold)
17th May St Georges Bristol. 560 capacity (95% sold)
18th Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton 350 capacity (96% sold)
19th Pavilion Theatre, Exmouth. 550 capacity (85% sold)
21st The Lighthouse Poole. 670 capacity (<40% sold)
22nd May Winchester Theatre Royal 400 capacity (SOLD OUT)
23rd Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 638 capacity (<50% sold)
24th May The Elgiva, Chesham 300 capacity (SOLD OUT)

May 27th-28th. Maddy Prior's 'Forgotten Lands' Festival

28th July - Sidmouth Folk Festival

October 2022 UK Autumn Tour

A mixture of dates carried over from 2021 and new bookings. There is a possibility that the run through of the 'Below the Salt' album from the Spring will be available on CD for this tour. 

4th Oct Wycombe Swan Theatre & Old Town Hall (Moved from 2021)
5th Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle  (new date)
7th Oct The Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow (moved from 2021)
9th Baths Hall, Scunthorpe (Moved from 2021) 
10th King George's Hall, Blackburn (moved from 2021)
12th Dudley Town Hall (new date)
13th Lavensham Church, Suffolk (new date)
14th St Nicholas' Chapel, Kings Lynn (new date)
16th Spinney Theatre, Northampton (new date)
17th The Stables, Milton Keynes (new date)
18th Cheese and Grain, Frome (new date)
21st Exeter Corn Exchange (new date) 
23rd YTheatre, Leicester (moved from 2021)
24th Trivoli Theatre, Wimbourne  (new date)
25th New Theatre Oxford. With 'The Acoustic Strawbs'
29th Hailsham Pavilion, Hailsham  (new date)
30th Town Hall, Cheltenham  (new date)
31st Wyvern Theatre, Swindon (Moved from 2021)

2023 News / gigs

After a busy 2022 it looks like 2023 will be a quiet year with no tours currently expected/planned. Hopefully there will be some festival appearances to go with the 'Prog 12' concert below. A new album is 'overdue' but I suspect they will wait for 2024, the 55th Anniversary. 

9-12th Nov 2023: HRH Prog 12 Festival. Great Yarmouth

New & Recent Releases

New 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".

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New CD- 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

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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.
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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.