The current 7 piece line-up, the first in the bands history, started in 2017 with the additions of Benji Kirkpatrick 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 Guitar role that Pete Zorn filled. Benji also adds vocals as well as bringing a more 'contemporary' folk sound to the band (Bouzouki & Banjo) and frees up Julian to add in more keyboards/mandolin, and even an accordion.
Jessie-May Smart was the replacement for another 'Classic' band member -Peter Knight on fiddle. Julian Littman replaced Ken Nicol on guitar/vocals. 'Spud' Sinclair replaced Pete Zorn becoming the bands first upfront 'lead' guitarist, leaving Julian to often fill the 'Rhythm guitar role until Benji joined. Liam Genockey joined in 1989 replacing the bands only previous regular drummer Nigel Pegrum. With 26 years in the band Liam is the 5th longest serving member.
The legendary English folk singer has been with Steeleye since the start, apart from 5 years off in 1997. For more information about Maddy's current activities see her bio
Steeleye's second long term drummer has performed with many famous musician over the years. See Liam's Bio page for more details.
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 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.
Benji is the son of ex Steeleye and accordion legend John Kirkpatrick and was a founding member of Bellowhead. Benji has a new band 'The Excess' and all details/gigs/recordings etc are on his website linked below.
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'.
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 has been sitting in for Jessie on maternity leave and has released two solo albums. For more details please see Violeta's website below.