Ken joined Steeleye Span for the winter 2002 tour to replace Bob Johnson who had left the band due to ill health. This 'reunion' tour went well and Ken joined on a full time basis. He went on to be a key member of the band recording four studio albums and contributing many original songs for these albums, including the title track of 'They Called Her Babylon' and a number of the songs on the seasonal album 'Winter' and 'Bloody Men'
The line-up Ken was a part of has proved to be the longest serving of all the 50 years so far. Ken's final album with Steeleye was the 'traditional' song based 'Cogs Wheels and Lovers' and this change in direction may have been part of Ken's decision to leave the band.
Ken has been a successful musician since the early 70's when he came to fame with his band 'Easy Street'. He went on to join the 'The Albion Band' and has released a number of solo albums. In recent years he has also worked with the band 'Magna Carta', comedian 'Phil Cool', Steeleye founder Ashley Hutchings and a live trio with Rick Kemp and Paul Burgess.
Ken formed 'Easy Street' with his brother-in-law Pete Marsh in 1974. After a very successful debut album they recorded 3 further albums in the late 70's with CBS and Polydor, including two in America where Ken lived for a number of years. However, with popular musical tastes moving to Post Punk Rock it meant that the 'AOR' music of Easy Street was not commercially successful and the band wound up in the early 80's.
They featured on the 1976 series of UK talent show 'New Faces'. (on 24th Jan they appeared as finalists)
Ken joined The Albion Band in 1997, mainly to continue to work creatively with Ashley Hutchins with whom he had been performing with. Ken was in the band for 5 years recording four studio albums. Ken was lead guitarist, singer, one of the main songwriters and had a lot of creative input into the overall direction of the band. According to Ken in his blog by the end he felt a little under appreciated for the various roles he was having to fulfil and left in 2001.
After moving back to the UK in 1988 when 'Easy Street' disbanded Ken returned to the club circuit for a number of years and worked on solo material.
Ken has released a number of solo albums over the years and still tours regularly as a solo artist and with various collaborations. His latest album is the excellent 'Days of Reason' (link below)
Full details of all his current projects and how to buy his albums are on his website: https://kennicol.com/