Current Line Up (2017- )

Albums: 'EST'd 1969'




The current line-up actually started in 2017 as a 7 piece line up with the additions of Benji Kirkpatrick (who last played Dec 2019) and Roger Carey. Roger was a straight replacement for Rick Kemp, the 'Classic Line-up' Bass player. Benji was an additional member, mainly to add back in the rhythmic role that Pete Zorn filled (He mainly played Bouzouki & Banjo) . Benji also added vocals and contributed to song writing. Benji officially left in Jan 2022 but his last tour was December 2019.

Jessie-May Smart was the replacement for another 'Classic' band member, Peter Knight, on fiddle. Since Jan 2019 when Jessie started a family, Violeta Vicci joined and job shares with Jessie. Violeta usually undertakes the longer tours.  

Julian Littman had replaced Ken Nicol on guitar/vocals back in 2011. 'Spud' Sinclair replaced Pete Zorn in 2015 becoming the bands first upfront 'lead' guitarist, leaving Julian to often fill the 'Rhythm guitar role. Liam Genockey joined in 1989 replacing the bands only previous regular drummer Nigel Pegrum. With 28 years in the band Liam is the 5th longest serving member in the bands history.

Maddy Prior (MBE)
Vocals
1969-1997; 2002-present

The legendary English folk singer has been with Steeleye since the start, apart from 5 years off in 1997. For more information about Maddy and her current activities see her bio.

Liam Genockey
1989-97; 2002-

Steeleye's second long term drummer has performed with many famous musician over the years. See Liam's Bio page for more details. 

Julian Littman
Guitar, Mandolin. 2011-

Multi talented Juilan has had a long career as a musician, actor and musical theatre performer. See Julian's Bio page for more details. 

Jessie May-Smart
Violin, 2014-

Jessie took over violin duties from Peter Knight and like Peter was a student of the Royal Academy of Music. To see Jessie's other musical collaborations please go to her website linked below. 

Andrew 'Spud' Sinclair
Lead Guitar, 2015-

Spud played with Rick on his Solo albums in the 90's, plays in various Borders based local bands and as well as performing solo he runs the Carlisle office of a music teaching company called 'The Rock Project'.

Roger Carey
Bass, 2017-

Jazz and Rock influenced Bassist Roger played with Liam and Peter in various Jazz groups and now regularly teams up with his wife Liane Carroll, a well known English jazz vocalist and pianist.     

Violeta Vicci
Violin, 2019-

Violeta has been sitting in for Jessie on maternity leave and has released two solo albums. For more details please see Violeta's website below.