A new settled line up with 2 new members and the return of Gay Woods, but mostly a period of part time activity


20th Anniversary year. New album, two singles, 2 tours, live Video, and all this with a new permanent Drummer and Bass player! 

Tim Harries (Bass) Joins

Joined "2 weeks before a tour". Tim was from a classical/Jazz background and was playing with 'Bill Bruford's Earthworks'. Tim had also been doing some work at Nigel Pegrum's studio as a session musician. He became the second longest serving Bass player for Steeleye and was in the band until 2001 by which time he had started singing and songwriting on albums. How Tim became to be in the band: "I remember hearing that Rick Kemp had left and they’d replaced him. Looking back, I really wanted to be in it but Nigel kept telling me no – they wanted someone who could sing and I had enough to do, what with ‘Earthworks’ and other things but it was on my mind. Next thing they’d said goodbye to yet another bass player and Nigel asked me if I’d play on their new single ‘Padstow’ (the dream of having a hit was still glowing in the grate in those days!). There was a tour imminent and they were stuck and needed someone so my untried vocal abilities didn’t seem to be an issue anymore, I was in.

Single: Padstow

Arranged by Maddy Prior and based on the traditional song sung at the Padstow May Day celebration every year. Tim Harries debuted on the recording of the single. Initially released by Flutterby before getting re-released on the Chrysalis label 'Dover' a matter of weeks later, probably as a result of the band getting a new contract with Chrysalis for the next album. There is some debate whether it was re recorded with Tim playing Bass instead of Chris Staines. 

April: 20th Anniversary Tour

Special Guests 'Better Days'. Many thanks to Paul Dengate, guitarist from Better Days who kindly sent the dates/flyer for this tour as well as a review of the concert at the time and a photo (below) of Folk Rock band 'Better Days' in action. The band had fiddler Garry Blakeley who supported Steeleye on other occasions and currently plays with the Feast of Fiddles Tour. This was the last tour for drummer Nigel Pegrum.

Better Days

9th April Hexagon Theatre, Reading (Tim's first gig)
10th White Rock Theatre, Hastings
11th Birmingham Town Hall
12th Spinnery Hill Hall, Northampton
13th Mwldan Theatre, Wmldan
16th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
17th Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
18th Palace Theatre, Redditch
19th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
20th Bal Tabarin Ballroom, Bromley
21st Brentford, Watermans Arts Centre - Nigel's last gig

Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp tour

Nigel Pegrum (Drums) leaves the Band

Leaves after recording the album Tempted and Tried (see below) and does not tour. He had been planning for a while to emigrate to Australia with his Australian wife. Nigel had been in the band 15 years having been their only full time drummer.

Liam Genockey joins

Becomes the band only 2nd full time drummer having previously worked with Peter Knight and they both lived in Hastings at the time. Had a Rock and Jazz background and played for a number of years with Gerry Rafferty. 

Steeleye Span 1989-1994
Peter Knight; Liam Genockey; Maddy Prior; Time Harries; Bob Johnson. 

11th Aug Cropedy Festival

Now confirmed as Liam's first gig with Steeleye. 
Set List: Lady Diamond; Black Jack Davy; Shaking of the sheets; Two Butchers; Searching for Lambs; Seagul; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Let Her Go Down; A Canon by Teleman; Betsy Bell and Mary Gray; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; Thomas the Rhymer; All Around My Hat; The Masons Apron; Gaudete. 

Tim Harries describing Steeleye in the late 80's:  "It was the end of the 80’s, Nigel left, Pete was moving to the States, Bob went to university, Maddy had her own career. I don’t think I expected much, people would laugh when I told them I was in Steeleye Span and when we played the Cropredy festival in 89 with Liam (Genockey) on drums a local journalist described our set as ‘two hours of musical offal’. I knew I was in a great band!"

Band Signs to Dover Records, an arm of Chrysalis. 

Single: Following Me

Released on Dover Records. Written by Peter Knight. b Side: 'Two Butchers'. Released to accompany new album.

Click on image for details & song by song review

14th Album: Tempted and Tried

Sept. A new Album made to celebrate the band 20th Anniversary. Dover were an arm of Chrysalis. A return to more traditional tracks alongside 3 original tracks written by Peter. Indeed, a return to a more 'Steeleye' sounding album with less 80's production, no keyboards and more acoustic guitar from Bob. It sounded much 'brighter' and was well received. Recorded just before he left, it was Nigel Pegrum's last album. It guested Martin Ditchum on 'extra percussion', maybe because Nigel left before the album was 100% finished. 

Sept: "Tempted and Tried", a 20th Anniversary Celebration" Tour

Whilst not a long tour it was significant for being the 20th anniversary tour, new members in the band and being filmed (released on video and shown on TV at the time) and currently available as a re-issued CD and DVD called "Access all Areas" available on Amazon. Additional tracks were played form the Croydon concert on BBC Folk on Two
Sailor's Bonnet; Black Jack Davy, The Fox; Shaking of the Sheets; Two Butchers (not on DVD); Following Me; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Thomas the Rhymer; When I was on Horseback (not on DVD); Seagull (Not on DVD); Searching for Lambs (not on DVD); Padstow; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; Jack Hall; Gaudete; All Around My Hat;

15th Sept. Croydon - Fairfield halls.Tracks from this played on BBC Radio 2.
16th Hayes - Beck Theatre. Recorded for 20th Anniversary concert.CD/Video/DVD. [Video Below.]
17th Stafford - Gatehouse Theatre
18th Colne - Municpal Hall
20th Exeter - St Georges Hall
21st Cheltenham - Town Hall
22nd Bruton - Kings School
23rd Cambridge - Corn Exchange
24th Wilfrun Hall, Wolverhampton
26th Leeds - Irish Centre
27th High Wycombe - Town Hall

Click on image to go to full video on Youtube

11th Oct: BBC Radio 2 'Folk on Two' Steeleye Span in concert
from the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. 

Black Jack Davy; Shaking of the Sheets; Two Butchers; Searching For Lambs (Not on Live video); Sailor's Bonnet; Thomas the Rhymer; Padstow; Cam Ye O'er Frae France;


The start of a slower period of activity. Per Tim Harries : "From ‘90 - 97 was a long, slow crawl. Funny how years can slip by with nothing much happening; no leader figure to say "this is what we’re going to do now." We just drifted along, no pressure to record, no one expecting any surprises from us."

7th February: 'In Concert' on BBC Radio Folk on Two'. 
Listings give no details so initially I thought a repeat of 1989 Fairfield Hall concert. However, someone got in touch to say they recall a Folk On Two Steeleye concert from the Marlow Theatre in Canterbury around 1990, which started with Edward and included Padstow. They performed there in early 1989 so it fits in, although it is odd that Radio 2 played the Sept Fairfield concert in Oct '89 (it was listed in Radio Times as being from Farfield), before playing this concert which was 6 moths older than that. 

1st May & 9th June: Regional ITV: 'Bedrock' Steeleye Span concert.
Later released in various guises on Video/CD/DVD as the 20th Anniversary concert from Sept 1989. Youtube link above.

BBC session- Rick Kemp/Maddy Prior & Tim Hart

25th April BBC Radio 2. Maddy Prior and Rick Kemp 'In Concert'. Interesting session that also featured Tim Hart. Thanks to Nick Clarke this is available on MixCloud. Set: Rose; Mother and Child; I Live not Where I love (with Tim Hart); 'Dancing at Whitsun' (Sung by Tim Hart); Sorry the Day I was Married' (Tim and Maddy); 'Fire on the Line' (Rick singing); 'Somewhere Along the Road'; 'The King'

Click on image for more details

Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp: Happy Families

Maddy and Rick had started to tour together in the late 80's and were continuing to do gigs during early 1990. They also toured in October after the Steeleye September tour to support their new album 'Happy Families' , released in September on the newly launched Park Records, set up by John Dagnell to support Maddy's non Steeleye recording activities.

Single: The Fox

Released 3rd (or 10th) Sept to support the upcoming Anniversary Tour. Written by Peter Knight

The Fox single promo photo

21st Anniversary Tour

We don't know a full set list but the following songs have been noted as being played:

The Weaver and the Factory Maid; The Shaking of the Sheets; All Around My Hat; Canon by Telemann; Jack Hall; Searching for Lambs; The Fox.

7th Sept. Assembly Roon, Tunbridge Wells
8th Civic Hall, Guildford
9th Oxford Apollo
10th St Davids Hall, Cardiff
11th Town Hall, Cheltenham
12th Reading Hexagon
14th Dominion, London. special guest Jake Thackray
15th Malvern Festival Theatre
16th Hayes Beck Theatre
17th The Orchard, Dartford
18th Black Lion, Gillingham
19th Ipswich Corn Exchange
21st Norwich Uni
22nd Derby Assembly Rooms
23rd Cambridge Corn Exhange
24th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon



One tour and no recordings after a busy couple of years

24th January: BBC Radio One: 'Maddy Prior Band' In Session. Much more likely to be Maddy and Rick plus 'friends' given they were touring this year, and quite possibly a repeat of the 1990 Radio 2 session above, rather than the early 80's Maddy Prior Band' But no other details known. Seems to be repeated on the 26th March.

 June: More touring by Rick and Maddy as a duo.

 August: 25th Greenbelt Festival

Autumn UK Tour 

23 Dates in September. It was from this tour that the Live Album 'Tonight's the Night' was recorded. The Set list was as per Live CD plus Shaking of the Sheets; Seagull and the Reels at the end, but order not known (we know that Shannachie messed around with the bands preferred track list order) and even this may not be the complete set. 

Tonight's the Night; Ca' the Ewes; Gentleman Soldier/Fighting for Strangers; Tam Lin; Padstow; Seagull (not on Live album); Shaking of the Sheets (Not on live album); White Man; The Weaver; Ten Long Years; Dawn of the Day; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; All Around My Hat; Reels: The 1st House In Connaught/Sailors Bonnet (Not on live album)

5th Sept Poole Arts Centre
6th Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
7th Beck Theatre, Hayes
8th Hexagon, Reading
9th Wulfrun hall, Wolverhampton
10th Colston Hall, Bristol
11th Queens Hall, Barnstaple
13th Fairfield Hall, Croydon
14th Festival Theatre, Malvern
15th Civic Hall, Middleton
16th Forum 28, Barrow-in-Furness
17th Leadmill, Sheffield
18th City Varieties, Leeds
19th Arts Centre, Southport
20th Municiple Hall, Colne
22nd Civic Hall, Guildford - Live Album 'Tonight's the Night' Recorded
23rd Wyvern Theatre, Swindon - Live Album 'Tonight's the Night' Recorded
24th White Rock Theatre, Hastings - Live Album 'Tonight's the Night' Recorded
25th Buttermarket, Shrewsbury - Recorded for BBC Radio 2 'In Concert' for 'Folk On Two' (14th Oct / 5th Feb '92)
26th Town Hall, Middlesbrough
27th Ipswich Corn Exchange
28th Waterfront, Norwich
29th Cambridge Corn Exchange

9th Oct: BBC Radio 2 'Folk on Two . Listed as featuring but no details


10pm-11pm. Taken from the Buttermarket, Shrewsbury concert above. Includes songs found on Tonight's the Night Live CD recorded the night before, but adds Shaking of the Sheets; Seagull and the Reels not found on the Live Album


Still very much in part time mode with one UK tour supported by the new (Live) Album. 

5th Feb: BBC Radio 2: Recorded In concert for Folk on Two.  (Repeat of above Shrewsbury concert)

18th July - 1st Aug. Henley Festival. Included Steeleye at some point.

8th July: BBC Radio 2 'In Good Voice'.  
The first of a six-part series in which Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span explores the world of unaccompanied a cappella singing. Ep. 1 What is A Cappella?

Click on image for details & song by song review

15th Album: Tonight's The Night

With the Dover (Chrysalis) deal only lasting one album this was released on Shannachie - a small US record label with whom Steeleye had signed with back in '87 for US distribution of albums. A live album but contains so many new songs (6 out of 12) that it sits in the discography as a main release. With so much new material you get the sense that a studio album was planned, but for whatever reason never happened. Peter Knight was not happy with Shannachie as Fighting for Strangers and Gentlemen Soldier were linked with a Tim/Peter instrumental and were meant to played as a medley but got split on the album. They played them as a medley on the 25th Anniversary Video.

Per Tim Harries: "‘Tonight’s the Night’ was where we were at. Music business maxim No43b; Sometimes you just have to put something out or people forget you exist! Not to say that the album doesn’t have its moments, there’s an epic ‘Tam Lin’ and there’s Liam Genockey who brought a whole new edge to things as well as being my best mate and co-lunatic on the road. There’s even a BASS SOLO !"

Oct/Nov: Autumn UK Tour

Described as a 'disappointing' tour in a 'Record Collector' magazine article. Songs that possibly make a first appearance since the 80's are Royal Forester (~85) and King Henry (~87) and Saucy Sailor (1982).  The 'The Ups and Downs' I don't think has been seen since the mid 70's whilst for 'Hares on a Mountain' you have to go back to early 70's BBC Sessions and Electric Folk series to hear a 'live' version - but we don't have the full set list of the Parcel of Rogues tour.

Set list (Barnstable): The Ups and Downs; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Gentleman Soldier/Fighting for Strangers; King Henry; Ca the Ewes; White Man; Seagull; Saucy Sailor; Hares on the Mountain; Shaking of the Sheets; Tam Lin; Padstow; Royal Forester. Encores: All Around My Hat; Dawn of the Day and/or 4 Nights Drunk

12th Cambridge Corn Exchange. (One song: 4 nights drunk is on a bootleg)
13th Arts Centre, Poole
14th Assembly Rooms, Tunbridge Wells
16th Queens Hall, Barnstaple (Bootleg available)
17th Symphony Hall, Birmingham
18th Winter Gardens, Malvern
19th Civic Centre, Guildford
20th Beck Theatre, Hayes
21st Assembly rooms, worthing
22nd White Rock Theatre, Hastings
24th Derngate Centre, Northampton
25th Fairfield Hall, Croydon
26th Riviera Centre, Torquay
28th Colston Hall, Bristol
29th Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
30th City Varieties, Leeds
1st Corn Exchange, Ipswich
?? Shrewsbury Bootleg exists


Another year of an annual UK tour. The year that Maddy's voice problems started with changes in her register per Record Collector. 

March: Maddy Prior and Nick Holland - Toured USA/CAN. 15 dates 12th-29th. Maddy noted it was her first solo tour in the US. 
Maddy Prior and Friends - UK Tour.

12th April BBC 1 : "Wildlife on One: Easter Special- Shadow of the Hare"  Maddy Prior wrote and sung the songs for this programme which feature throughout. It inspired her to devote a section of her next solo album ('Year') to a set of songs about Hares, mostly taken from the songs she provided for this programme. The programme is not currently available on Youtube although has been in the past. 

July 10th: UK GOLD TV: Steeleye Span 'In Concert' No details but likely to be the 20th Anniversary concert, again.

In an interview Maddy note that the band is doing less at the moment because Bob Johnson is doing a lot of studying for his Psychology degree and is now starting a Masters. She did also note that she felt the band lost their way a little in the 80's because the move to more original songs meant they felt 'less secure' about the line they were treading between these new songs and the traditional songs that they had previously been rooted to. Maddy felt that the current band had moved back to the traditional and was in a good place because of it, but that it had taken a long time to get back to this point after the breakup of the band in the late 70's.

UK 'Chasing Rainbows' Tour

Long 26 date Tour with 'special guest' Tim Hart. This ties in I think with Maddy Prior and Tim Hart doing a tour together around this time. Tim did his set and then came back on stage later to join Maddy and play guitar for 'I Live not where I love' with Peter playing Violin. Tim and Maddy then sang 'Sorry the Day I was Married'

Tim Hart: Raining in my Heart; Cornla; My Love; Dancing at Whitsun; The January Man; New York Two Step; Seamus the Showman.
Steeleye: Jack Hall; The Weaver; Black Jack Davy; Gone to America; Long Lankin; Eb English; I live not Where I love (Maddy , Peter & Tim); Sorry the Day I was Married (Maddy and Tim); Tam Lin; Picnic; Padstow; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; All Around My Hat; Mason's Apron; Gaudete.

Nov: 11th Easington Music Festival, Durham. Petedee College.
12th Northampton
13th Kidderminster
14th Guilford
15th Folkstone
16th Hastings
18th Beck Theatre, Hayes. £9 
19th High Wycombe
21st Reading
22nd Cambridge
23rd Ipswich
24th Stratford U Avon
25th Birmingham
26th Swansea
27th Stroud
28th Ryl
1st Dec Crawley
2nd Southampton
3rd Dec Fairfield Halls, Croydon (Bootleg)
4th Melton Mowbray
5th York
6th Hull
7th Southport Arts Centre.
8th Burnley
9th Telford
10th Poynton


Return of Gay Woods and the beginning of increasing activity

Band Signs to Park Records.

They have been with them ever since. At this time Adrian Hopkins was still the bands manager and continued to be so until the end of '97 when John Dagnell (Park Records) took over. Park Records/John had been looking after Maddy's solo releases for a few years. 

February 19th . ITV 'Cue the Music' Steeleye Span. In Concert. No details but likely to the 20th Anniversary concert again.

May: Australia/New Zealand 25th Anniversary Tour

The bands 6th tour of Australia, the first for 8 years and now at smaller venues.

Set List (not in order): Black Jack Davy; Jack Hall; Wee Weaver; Padstow; 'E flat English'; Seagull; Tam Lin; Long Lankin; Lady Diamond; Gone To America; Picnic; Cam Ye O'er Frae france; All Around My Hat; Tunes; Gaudete

10th May Melbourne Dallas Brooks Hall
12th Canberra Labor Club
13th Newcastle Workers Club
14th State Theatre, Sydney
16th Wellington Town Hall
17th Auckland Town Hall
18th Chirstchurch Theatre Royal
20th Lismore Workers Club
21st Yandina Club Big Top
22nd Brisbane Rialto Theatre
25th Geelong Performing Arts Centre
27th Norwood Concert Hall
28th Perth Concert Hall

31st July: Cambridge folk festival.

Broadcast on radio:

3rd Aug & 14th Sept: BBC Radio 2: 'Cambridge '94.

Steeleye Span in concert at Cambridge Folk Festival. Hosted by Ralph McTell.
Seagull; Black Jack Davy; The Weaver; Jack Hall; Padstow; Cam Ye O'er Frae France.

7th Aug Dranouter Folk Festival
Headlining. Played, amongst others: Jack Hall; Weaver and the Factory Maid; Black Jack Davy; Gone to America; Long Lankin.

Maddy Prior 'Year' Tour. Sept 20th - Oct 23rd

9th Nov BBC Radio 'Folk On Two.
Interview with Bob Johnson (who stepped in for Maddy Prior) discussing the first 25 years of Steeleye Span. Talks about Gay joining the band, possibly when it was 'announced' and mentions the upcoming tour. Tracks Played: All Around My Hat; Blacksmith; Female Drummer; Gaudete; Thomas the Rhymer; Black Jack Davy; Gone to America; Padstow; Tam Lin (Info thanks to Chris Kellet's archive site. See Links).

Gay Woods joins

Gay was brought in to help out sharing the work load with Maddy who had vocal problems (from 1993). Rick Kemp said it was his idea to ask Gay back, for the Winter Tour initially, and then after that went well, Gay became part of the band full time. It was the bands manager at the time Adrian Hopkins who made the call to Gay to invite her back. Gay had just started a return to music with a few local gigs in Ireland when the call came. Gay made an instant impact per Tim:  "She fired the kiln from the start, I’d never heard singing like it - and she was holding back !"

Steeleye Span 1994-1997

Tim Harries; Maddy Prior; Peter Knight; Gay Woods; Liam Genockey; Bob Johnson. 

Click on image for details

Live CD: 'In Concert'

The bands first proper Park Records release is a live album taken from shows in 1986 (see 1986 for details) and 1994, no more recordings from either show have appeared since. The source of the 1994 recordings is not known. The Australian tour seems the most likely.

25th Anniversary Tour

The 25th Anniversary video recorded on this tour. Support from The Blind Fiddler/Barry Dransfield. Available to view on Youtube (below) but never released as a DVD. Not as vibrant as the 1989 20th Anniv. video/tour, and dare I say there appears a lot of 'going through the motions'. But this can be explained by it being the end of a few years of being very much a part time band with little new material. It also Gay's first tour and so took more of a background role.  

Gentleman Soldier/Fighting for Strangers; We Poor Labouring Men; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; Seagull; Eb English; Tam Lin; The Dark Eyed-Sailor; The Elf Knight; Lowlands of Holland; Padstow; Picnic; Jack Hall; All Around my Hat; The Masons Apron; Let her Go Down. The Lowlands of Holland, sung by Gay, was a very haunting version with mainly Violin and Keyboard.

13th Pavillion Theatre, Rhyl
14th Playhouse, Whitley Bay
15th Symphony Hall, Birmingham
16th Victoria hall, Stoke
17th Bottom Line, London
18th Swan theatre, Wycombe
19th Leisure Centre, Stevenage
20th Festival Theatre, Chichester
22nd Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
24th Concert Ahll, Motherwell
25th Music Hall, Aberdeen
26th Rothes Hall, Glenrothes
29th St Georges Hall, Bradford
30th Carnegie Hall, Workingham
1st Uni of Warwick, Coventry
2nd Fairfield Hall, Croydon
3rd The Anvil, Basingstoke
4th Arts Centre, Abersytwyth
5th Grand Theatre, Swansea
6th St Davids Hall Cardiff - Recording 25th Anniv Video
7th Palace Theatre, Newark
8th Roses Theatre, Tewksbury
9th The Orchard, Dartford
11th Grand Opera House, York
12th Mechanics, Burnley

25th Video Part 1. Click on image to go to Youtube
25th Video Part 2. Click on image to go to Youtube


The band returns to 'Full Time'

Live Video: '25 Live' released, Recorded 1994, video above.

Interview: Band back 'full time'. Bob gives up counselling job (He had obtained a Masters in Occupational Psychology and a Diploma in Counselling in the early 90's) and decided to become a 'full time musician (again)". Peter Knight moves back to the UK.

Mch/Apr: UK Tour.

With support from Barry Dransfield.  [Thanks to David Tomlinson for these tour dates!]. Track list assuming the Radio broadcast below was from this tour.  Support from the Palladinos.
The Fox; We Poor Labouring Men; Black Jack Davy; Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; Seagull, Twa Corbies; The Water is Wide; The Elf Knight; Thomas the Rhymer; All Around My Hat.  

10th March, Reading, Hexagon
11th, St Albans, Alban Arena
12th, Cantebury, Marlow Theatre
13th, Hayes, Beck Theatre
15th, Stratford, Civic Theatre
16th, Harlow, The Playhouse
17th, Cambridge, Corn Exchange
18th, Crawley, The Hawth
19th, Southend, Cliffe Pavillion
20th, Northampton, Derngate
21st, Swindon, Wyvern Theatre
22nd, Southampton, Guildhall
24th, Yeovil, Octagon Theatre
25th, Plymouth, Pavillion
26th, Tewksbury, Roses Theatre
28th, Bletchley, Leisure Centre
29th, Tunbridge Wells, Assesmbly Hall
30th, Worthing, Assembly Hall
31st, Worcester, Northwick Theatre
1st April, Newtown, Theatre Hafren 

5th April. BBC Radio 2 'Folk on Two'
Interview and Live performance from Peter Knight and Bob Johnson. If anyone has any details/recollections of this show please let me know. Nothing more is known currently.

6th May BBC Radio 2 Concert: Octagon Theatre, Yeovil.
Broadcast on this date, presumably from the above tour (Includes Gay) as they didn't go to Yeovil in '94. A Bootleg dated 1994 exists but must be incorrect unless a one off concert recorded for the radio, which seems unlikely. The track listing, with Harvest of the Moon also points more to 1995 than 1994.
The Fox; We Poor Labouring Men; Black Jack Davy; Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a shoemaker; Seagull, Twa Corbies; The Water is Wide; The Elf Knight; Thomas the Rhymer; All Around My Hat.
27th-29th June: Glastonbury Festival,
Avalon Stage. Billed as '25th Anniversary celebration'

24th-27th Aug.  Tonder (Denmark) Festival
27th Aug. Guildford Festival
15th-17th Sept. Padbury Folk Weekend

'The Journey' - 25 Year Reunion Concert 

2nd Sept. 3pm. 'The Journey Concert' The Forum Highgate, London. In aid of the 'War Child' Charity.

Maddy Prior, Gay Woods, Martin Carthy, Liam Genockey, Michael Gregory, Tim Hart, Tim Harries, Ashley Hutchings, Bob Johnson, Rick Kemp, John Kirkpatrick, Peter Knight, Nigel Pegrum

Also included The Albion Band; and Waterson:Carthy.
The big reunion concert celebrating 25 years of Steeleye Span. Billed as a 'War Child' Charity concert, it featured every significant ex member apart from Terry Woods. It was the idea of actor Dave Hill (who had appeared alongside the band in their 70's plays), who asked them all to do it individually (he suspected they only agreed individually assuming that enough of the others would refuse so that it wouldn't actually happen!) Each line up ran through 5 or 6 songs and the concert signalled the live debut of the original band - or at least the closest we would get to seeing the original line up live.

Not released as a CD until 1999. A video was recorded, but as you can see from the three songs now released by Park Records (below) the quality was not really good enough for a DVD release. 

Click on image for details of who played on every track.

The following were performed at the concert but not included in the 1999 CD Release:

My Johnny Was a Showmaker (Mk1). 
It included the daughters of Gay and Maddy, (why it was excluded)
The King (Mk2). 
There was quite a bit of feedback during the song
Black Jack Davy (Mk3). 
A nice, slightly slower tempo version.
Seventeen Come Sunday (Mk4); Black Freighter (Mk4); False Knight on the Road (Mk4) 
 No obvious reason why not included
Gaudete (encore, everyone). 
Probably a bit 'too much' going on to be included!

From 'Journey Continues' programme

'The Journey Continues' UK Tour

Big 28 date tour off the back of the reunion concert. We have no information about set lists etc so please let me know if you were there!

29th Sept Oxford Apollo
30th Penyrheol Theatre, Swansea
1st Oct Brentwood Centre
6th Harlequin, Redhill
7th St George's Hall, Exeter
8th The Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
9th Octagon, Yeovil
11th Assembly Rooms, derby
12th Charter Hall, Colchester
13th The Orchard, Dartford
14th Festival Hall, Corby
15th De La Ware Pavillion, Bexhill
21st The Swann, High Wycombe
22nd Fairfield Hall, Croydon
3rd Nov Palace Theatre, Newark
4th Warwick Arts Centre
5th Stafford Gatehouse
6th Theatre Clwyd, Mold
7th Civic Hall, Woverhampton
9th Arts Centre, King's Lynn
10th Leeds City Varieties
12th Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool
14th Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
15th Southport Arts Centre
16th The Anvil, Basingstoke
17th Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
18th Waterman's Arts Centre, Brentford
19th Chichester Festival Theatre


Finally a new studio album, 3 tours and supporting Status Quo 

Click on image for details & song by song review

16th Album: 'Time'

12th April. First Studio album for 7 years - the longest gap between any studio album in 50 years of Steeleye. A more modern, fuller and polished sound having been reinvigorated by the 'Journey' concert and the return of Gay. Considered a 'revival' album. Mostly traditional arrangements with 3 Peter Knight originals. An outtake from the recording sessions - 'The Golden Vanity' has appeared on various collections. It sneaked Steeleye back into the charts at No.100 for the first time since Rocket Cottage.

UK Spring 'An Evening With...' Tour

21 dates across March and April. Little known about this tour with regards set list but we can assume it is very close to the Australian one below. Any information gratefully received!
Set lists are not available for 1995/96 unfortunately, but I do know that 'Lady Isobel' was played around this time. We can assume 'Time' featured heavily. The video 'Time..The Making of' was recorded on this tour.  

Tour T-Shirt

7th March Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
8th Corn Exchange, Ipswich
9th Embassy Skegness
10th Civic Theatre, Darlington
11th Kendal Leisure Centre
12th St Georges's Hall, Bradford
15th Queens Theatre, Barstable
16th Newport Centre
17th Wimbledon Theatre
18th Stables Theatre, Wavendon
19th Corn Exchange, Cambridge
20th Hexagon, Reading
22nd The Alban Arena, St Albans. 99% sure this is where Time Video 'making of' was recorded
23rd Peterborough Cressett
24th Lyceum, Crewe
26th Civic Hall, Stratford
27th Civic Hall Guildford
28th Guildhall, Soutampton 
29th The Mean Fiddler, London
30th Elgan Hall, Malvern
31st Aylesbry Civic Centre

13th April Olympia, Dublin

May/June: Short US Tour??
Very odd, two dates are listed in US Newspapers on the day of the appearances so unlikely to have been cancelled dates. But the 1997 tour, for which there is plenty of info for, was billed as the long awaited reunion tour . If these concerts did happen maybe there were one-offs so not a 'tour' ??
 31st May Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia  
 1st June Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland

July 19th-21st 'Brampton Live', Carlisle.

Australia 'The Time Tour'

September / October. 7+ dates. Probably Dates Missing, not as easy tour to find information for

The Cutty Wren; The Prickly Bush; The Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; Twa Corbies; Seagull; The Water is Wide;  The Weaver and the Factory Maid (not every show) ;The Lark in the Morning; Elf Knight; The Weaver; Padstow; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garrett; Encore: Cagwith Anthem; All Around My hat; Jigs; Gaudete (on 2nd & not 11th)

25th Sept Sydney
28th Adelaide, Norwood Town hall
Sept. 'Regal theatre' Perth. Support: 'Fling'
?date. Geelong, Victoria
?date Melbourne (2 dates)
1st Oct TV appearance of Steeleye singing 'Cadgwith Anthem'. No other details known.
2nd Oct Sydney Town hall
10th Sydney?
11th Sydney
13th Oct Continental Cafe, Victoria. 'Dinner and Show' (poster)
New Zealand?

November: Article in 'Dirty Linen' Fairly detailed history of the band, and the first mention (?) of Maddy's analogy of Steeleye Span as a bus. The full unpublished article, which is an excellent history of the band, written by Stephen D. Winick's, can be found on his site still.

  "Steeleye Span is like a bus" said Maddy. "It goes along, and people get on and get off it. Sometimes the bus goes along the route you want to go, and sometimes it turns off, so you get off. The only problem is that nobody's driving, and the bus tends to get lost."

Status Quo Single: All Around My Hat

Featuring Maddy Prior. From the 'Don't Stop' album of covers it was the 3rd single off the album. Didn't get into the top 30 and at the time Quo were not happy about being dropped from teh Radio 1 playlist. Promo video below.  

Supporting Status Quo

16 dates in December Supporting Status Quo on their 'Don't Stop' World Tour.
The first major Stadium UK tour the band has done as a support act since Tull in '72. Off the back of the 'Hat' single above featuring Maddy Prior. At the end of each concert Maddy would join Quo for the song, a video of which is below, which surprisingly is not too bad. Steeleye did not perform 'All Around my Hat' in their support act, but finished with a very upbeat 'Old Maid in the Garrett. Two song were released on the 'Sails of Silver' Park records CD reissue which means a recording of the whole set must exist. Maddy even joined Quo on 'Noel's House Party' ! (video below).
40 minute set: 'Thomas the Rhymer'; 'The Prickly Bush'; 'My Johnnie Was a Shoemaker (On CD Reissue)'; 'Lark in the Morning' (On CD Reissue); 'Water is Wide'; 'Twa Corbies'; 'Padstow'; 'Old Maid and the Garrett'; 'Tunes'

3rd Oasis, Swindon
5th Cardiff Arean
6th Bridlington Spa
7th SEC Glasgow
8th Newcaslte Arena
9th Sheffield Arena
11th Plymouth Pavillion. Postponed until 22nd Dec as Francis Rossi had a bad throat
12th Brighton Centre
13th Brighton Centre
14th Wembly Arena
15th Wembly Arena
17th Manchester Nynex
18th Birmingham NEC
19th Birmingham NEC
20th Bournemouth Centre
21st Bournemouth Centre
22nd Plymouth Pavillion, re arranged from 11th.

Promo video for single

Appearance on 'Noel's House Party' BBC One


The busiest year of the decade with 64 gigs but Maddy Prior and Liam Genockey leave the Bus at the end of the year.

February 13th: Bruges, Stadschouwburg Broadcast on Belgium Radio. Set list is what was broadcast, so not complete.
Gaudete; Thomas the Rhymer; Cadgwith Anthem; My Johnny Was a Shoemaker; The Lark in the Morning; The Weaver; Twa Corbies; Padstow; Old Maid in the Garrett; All Around My Hat; Jigs.

March: UK Spring Tour. 'The Time Tour'

Billed as the 'Time Tour 1997'. 21 dates non stop! with support from 'Rock Salt n Nails'. Tour included 2 never recorded songs 'Brigg Fair' & 'Room for Company' (Hiring Fair songs). The latter was Maddy singing just to Liam's drum before the band came in with a jig. (Hunsden House). Hard to find these songs even on Bootlegs. However, Thomas the Rhymer from this tour is on the 'Sails of Silver' CD reissue so there is a good chance the two are available in the Park Records Vaults. This tour also has the dubious honour of having Peter Knights Lightbulb joke told each night "How many folkies does it take to change a light bulb? Ten - One to change the bulb, four to sing about the old bulb, and five to walk out because it is electric."..!
No flyers/images found for this tour - let me know if you have any!
Thomas The Rhymer; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Harvest of the Moon; Erin Grá Mo Croí ; Padstow; 'Room for Company' ; 'Cruel Mother' (Bob taking lead); 'My Johnny Was A Shoemaker'; 'Seagull'; 'Brigg Fair'; 'Cutty Wren' (Sung by Tim), Prickly Bush; 'Old Maid in the Garret' ; Encore: All Around My Hat/Tunes; 'Gaudete'

 6th Mch Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
 7th Corn Exchange, King's Lynn
 8th Grand Hotel, Scarborough
 9th Opeare House York
 10th Gatehouse, Stafford
 11th Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
 12th Decorum Pavillion, Hemel Hempstead
 13th HG Wells Suite, Woking
 14th The Hawth, Crawley
 15th Town Hall, Walthamstow
 16th Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
 17th The Octagon, Yeovil
 18th St Davids Hall, Cardiff
 19th Arts Centre, Swansea
 20th Playhouse, Weston Super Mare
 21st Corn Exchange, Cambridge
 22nd Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
 23rd Arts Centre, Poole
 24th Anvil, Basingstoke
 25th The Swan, High Wycombe
 26th The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

April/May Maddy Prior and Friends 'Flesh and Blood' UK Tour (16 dates)

June: Maddy Newsletter - Working on new material for an album later in the year or early next year. Sadly never happened of course as Maddy left. It is possible that the new material Maddy worked on appeared on solo albums at the time. (Possibly 'Flesh and Blood' in '97 which is a more Steeleye sounding solo album than many of Maddy's) 

June: US Tour

1st for 10 years. Snappily billed as "The long-awaited history-making North American concert tour of the reunion of Steeleye Span"

 ??Theatre of Living Arts, South St. Phili. Prickly Bush; Go From My Window; Underneath Her Apron; Seagull; The Elf Knight; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Lark in the Morning; The Water is Wide; Padstow; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garrett; Encores: All Around My Hat; Jigs; Cadgwith Anthem. Plus: My Johnny Was a Shoemaker (other shows)
 1st June Carnegie Lecture Hall, Pittsburg.
 3rd Bottom Line, New York
 4th Bottom Line, New York
 8th Monterey, CA, World One Festival
 9th West Hollywood, CA, House Of Blues
 10th Portland, OR, Aladdin Theatre
 11th Seattle, WA, Backstage
 12th Ann Arbor, MI, Ark
 13th Louisville, KY, Bomhard Theatre
 14th & 15th Chicago, IL, Old Town School
 16th Bottom Line, NY
 17th Alexandria, VA, Birchmere
 18th Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
 19th Little Rock, AR, Arkansas Arts Center
 20th Austin, TX, The Cactus (2 shows)
 21st Houston, TX, Garden In The Heights
 22nd Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre

Maddy Prior Leaves Steeleye

19th July: Maddy Prior announces she will leave the band at end of year.
Apparently she had been planning it for a while and nearly left 2 years previously. She had just been waiting for the right time. No specific reason was given. Her statement is below:

" I have worked in, and enjoyed enormously, working with the band Steeleye Span for 28 years. People have often asked me how I manage to fit in all my various musical activities. I have juggled Steeleye, 'solo' work, assorted projects, the Carnival Band and a demanding home life for some time. With mixed success.
        Finally I feel a decision has to be made, and having been the only one to have never left the band, I've decided to view it all from the outside for a change. So from the end of the October Tour 1997 I shall cease to work with Steeleye.
        Whether this will ultimately result in a permanent separation, I don't know. Having done a massive 44-day Farewell Tour in 1978, I feel less confident about making dramatic and irrevocable gestures in these more mature years.
        Suffice it to say, I wish them all the best of luck, and am certain that they will continue to delight audiences for many years. Cheers, Maddy Prior'

In addition, in a fans circular letter Maddy also says: 

"I have had a solo career running concurrently with Steeleye, whilst also trying to fit in work with the Carnival Band. When my voice decided not to come out and play a couple of years ago, it gave me pause for thought. It was finally bourne in upon me that maybe I was trying too hard. Maybe something had to go" 

Whilst various theories have been suggested about why Maddy left, and inevitably a seemingly strained relationship with Gay Woods has been sited as a reason by those around the band at the time. One possible example of this is that it was noted by Maddy that Gay took offence at a turn of phrase Maddy used in one her 'letters' to fans in July. Maddy said 'Gay was gaining confidence' which Gay saw as patronising, which of course Maddy apologised for. Ultimately, as is often the case with band members leaving, there probably was no one specific reason and Maddy's statement above is as much explanation as is needed. Maddy's time away from Steeleye was very prolific and included 4 solo albums and numerous tours.

8th Aug: Great British Beer Festival

Olympia festival, National Hall, Great British Beer Festival. (CAMRA)
set list:
Prickly Bush' Room for Company; Harvest of the Moon; My Johnny was a shoemaker; The Elf Knight; The Fox; Erin Grá Mo Chroí ; Padstow; [Interval] Cagwith Anthem; Lark in the Morning; Twa Corbies; Seagull; The Water is Wide; Cutty Wren; Thomas the Ryhmer; Old Maid in the Garrett; Encore: All Around My Hat; Jigs; Gaudete.

Thanks to John Robinson ("Johnr") and reproduced with his kind permission, we have some great images from the concert. It is rare to get photos of the band live from these years and these photos give a unique perspective of this festival appearance. 

1st-8th Aug Maddy Prior performed at Sidmouth Folk Festival plus a two more smaller summer festivals

Aug 9th Macclesfield, Gawsforth Hall. 
As only the second concert after Maddy's announcement there reports that it created a strange atmosphere, with Gay coming more to the fore on vocals in anticipation of having to lead the line. In addition it seems to mark the start of Gay taking a more playful approach to 'All Around my Hat' , which over the next few years often meant changing the lyrics, in this case apparently inserting the word 'baby' repeatedly. (thanks Simon Jones)
13th Aug BBC Radio 2 'Folk On Two' Live session 'Maddy Prior and Friends'. No other details known
21st Aug. Nettlebed Folk Club
22nd Aug. Bolton Festival
12th Sept. St Ives Festival, Guildhall
13th Sept. Birmingham, Red Lion 
Sept 20th CC Deurre, Antwerp, Belgium

UK 'Time Tour 1997'

October. 19 dates. Support from Rock Salt n Nails

Set List: Prickly Bush; Room for Company; Harvest of the Moon; Erin Grá Mo Chroí; Elf Knight; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; The Weaver and the Factory Maid (just on last night); Padstow; Go From My Window; Cam Ye; Twa Corbies; Seagull; Water is Wide; Cutty Wren; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garret; Hat; Jigs; Gaudete.

1st Oct. Civic Centre, Aylesbury
2nd Corn Exchange, Ipswich
3rd Cliffs Pavillion, Southend
4th Arts Centre, Warwick
5th De La Ware Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea
7th Guildhall, Southampton
8th Central Theatre, Chatham
9th Alban Arena, St Albans
10th Assembly Hall, Tunbridge Wells
11th Civic Hall, Guildford
12th Theatre Royal, Bath
13th Derngate, Northampton
14th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
15th The Beck Theatre, Hayes
16th Dome, Brighton
17th Fairfield Halls, Croydon
18th Princess Theatre, Torquay
19th Roses Theatre, Tewksbury. 2 shows. 5pm, 8pm. Last Maddy Gigs

Maddy Prior leaves and tours with Carnival Band

During 1997 Maddy amassed an impressive 64 gigs with Steeleye, 16 dates on a Solo Spring tour supporting her new solo album 'Flesh and Blood' ; 3 solo festival dates and 19 dates in December with the Carnival Band! 

Adrian Hopkins, manager & promoter, leaves the band.
Adrian had been involved with Steeleye for 20 years, starting as an in-house Chrysalis promoter working with Steeleye from around 1976. He slowly took on more work promoting the band , working with them on tour before becoming full time Manager/Promoter after Tony Secunda left. He was officially the 6th member of the band and kept the band going through the 80's and early 90's.
He was replaced by Park Records owner John Dagnell

Liam Genockey Leaves

No official reasons given for his departure, but he did eventually return with Maddy in 2002. No replacement joined the band but rather Gerry Conway and Dave Mattacks were used in tours/recordings. In his book, John Van Der Kiste suggests that Liam left as a result of not getting on with Gay Woods, and that after they had an argument it resulted in a "it's him or me' ultimatum from Gay which Liam accepted as Gay was the only singer left.  We are not sure exactly when this happened as intriguingly there are a couple of promo photos available of this line up with no Maddy but including Liam. One is dated 1988 and was an early poster to the next tour. All we know is that by the time they played live again (in May) Liam had left. 

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