20th Anniversary year. New album, two singles, 2 tours, live Video, and all this with a new permanent Drummer and Bass player!
Joined "2 weeks before a tour". Tim was from a classical/Jazz background and was playing with 'Bill Bruford's Earthworks'. He was 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. Per Tim on joining "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."
Included Nettlebed Folk Club (Coachouse Barn at The Bull). One article said they were celebrating a new album called 'Going'. No album called this was released but 'Happy Families was released in 1990. It said they would be singing 'Traditional songs, spirituals and rock n Roll'.
Rock Group Steeleye have axed major concerts in Europe and the Far East - because they are afraid to fly. Members of the band were rocked by the plane disasters at Lockerby and Kegworth and immediately ditched tour dates. Promotors were stunned by the decision - because they have made flights all around the world in their 19 year career. .. Adrian Hopkins said: "Two of the band have decided never to fly again after the two plane crashes. We will have to look at alternative means of transport for any future shows the group may play abroad"
I have not seen this mentioned apart from this article. To be fair it was a few years (1994) before the band did travel abroad and it could explain the short tour in April. I don't know which band members it was but based on other interviews Bob and Rick are the most likely culprits!
Included Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford 15th.
April 9th: 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.
The band were promoting the new Chrysalis Greatest Hits Colection 'Portfolio' for the tour and the cover image of the CD was used for a Tour T-Shirt.
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.Set included 'The Lark in the Morning'
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
May: Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp tour
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.
Released on Dover Records. Written by Peter Knight. b Side: 'Two Butchers'. Released to accompany new album.
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; Alison Gross (not on DVD), Gaudete; All Around My Hat. White Man & Let Her Her Go Down were also played on the tour but not included on DVD/Radio.
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.]. Filmed by Central TV where it first appeared. The 6pm dress rehearsal was also filmed and there were adverts for fans to get in free for the dress rehearsal
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
11th Oct: BBC Radio 2 'Folk on Two' Steeleye Span in concert
from the Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
This concert adds Searching for Lambs & Two Butchers to the 20th Anniversary CD track list.
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.
28th Oct: Maddy Prior & Rick Kemp. Stoke
Dec: Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band Tour
3rd year in a row
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."
Sunday 19th August: Performed a concert on BSB (BritishSkyBroadcasting).
On 'BSB Power Station, 8pm. I don't know any details about this concert and whether it is the same concert shown on ITV above and released on video.
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'
Maddy and Rick started to tour together in the late 80's. This year they toured in July and in October after the Steeleye dates 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.The album included contributions from Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds, from Fairground Attraction
Support by 'Rogues in Resin' on all dates
We don't know a full set list but the songs below have been noted as being played in reviews.
Simon Jones in his review for Folk Roots said 'Peter was on vicious form throughout, fair saws his violin in half.... Liam's drumming was delicate and precise and justified his selection with a remarkable extended solo... And Maddy danced, Danced as she has done down all their days and was quite wonderful, souring through out.... For all their ups and downs, some considerable, Steeleye still get to me in a way few others can.
Blackleg Miner; Cam Ye Oer Frae France; Fighting for Strangers;/the Gentleman Soldier, 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; All Around My Hat.
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 Leisure Centre, Gillingham
19th Ipswich Corn Exchange
21st Norwich Uni
22nd Derby Assembly Rooms (Nigel Pegrum in the audience)
23rd Cambridge Corn Exhange
24th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Oct/Nov: Rick and Maddy on Tour supporting 'Happy Families' album
There was a reasonable amount of local newspaper coverage for this tour which played at some decent size venues. One preview says that Simon Edwards and Roy Dodds (both part of 'Fairground Attraction') and Mick Holland (Keyboards) were also on the tour (That might be a typos and should be Nick Holland).
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.
March 17th: Repeat of Steeleye concert on Power Station (BSB)
May/June: More touring by Rick and Maddy as a duo. Received publicity in local press again. Included Nettlebed Folk Club (5th May). I think they also played at the Sidmouth Folk Festival (1st week of Aug)
August: 25th Greenbelt Arts Festival
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. It was a pre meditated decision to record live tracks for an album as one local newspaper noted before the tour that Steeleye had chosen Guildford to record tracks for their new album, 'they found the audience so good on their last visit they decided to incorporate the response on the live tracks.
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 (Bootleg)
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
Still very much in part time mode with a short summer tour and a bigger Autumn UK tour supported by the new (Live) Album. Maddy very active, with her new band, the duo with Rick and the Carnival Band
5th Feb: BBC Radio 2: 'In concert' Folk on Two. (Repeat of above Shrewsbury concert)
June: Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band 'Singing in the Bath' tour.
July. Short Steeleye tour
18th. Hereford Leisure Centre. Listed as a 'Warm up' for Sept tour
22nd. King's Lynn Corn Exchange (part of ongoing festival)
725 people, including the local Major 'had a ball' and the band came out to rapturous applause. The acoustics in the hall were noted as being awful/
23rd July Half Moon Putney
24th Dover Town Hall
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?
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 !"
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.
Support: The Rankin Family
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 Sept. 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 (£7.00. typical tour price)
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 (Att. 429)
30th City Varieties, Leeds
1st Oct Exchange, Ipswich
?? Shrewsbury Bootleg exists
25th Oct: Maddy Prior solo at the 'Eurofolkus' festival in Newcastle
Dec: Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band 'Carols and Capers' Tour
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.
April/May: Maddy Prior and Friends - UK Tour.
Sept/Oct : Maddy Prior (and Nick Holland) - 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.
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'
One review said: 'Songs about murder, death and hangings may not sound like much of a fun evening, But, Steeleye have perfected the art of entertaining their fans regardless of their subject matter. After 24 years, and with Maddy's voice as beautiful as ever, Steeleye remain firmly at the top of the folk-rock tree.'
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. [Interval]. Seagull; 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. Peterlee College.
13th The Northwick, Worcester
14th Guilford Civic Hall.
15th Lees Cliff Hall, Folkstone
16th White Rock Theatre, Hastings
18th Beck Theatre, Hayes. £9 (With Tim)
19th The Swan, High Wycombe
21st The Hexagon, Reading
22nd Corn Exchange, Cambridge (including Tim)
23rd Corn Exchange, Ipswich
24th Civic Hall, Stratford U Avon
25th Town Hall, Birmingham
26th Penyrheol Theatre, Swansea
1st Dec The Hawth, Crawley
3rd Dec Fairfield Halls, Croydon (Bootleg) With Tim
4th Melton Mowbray
6th Hull, Spring Street Theatre
7th Southport Arts Centre. (With Tim)
8th Burnley Mechanics
10th Poynton Folk Centre
Return of Gay Woods and the beginning of increasing activity including flying again!
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
Gay was brought in to help out sharing the work load with Maddy who was having some 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 !"
Gay in a later (1999) interview with Nick Clark said " they asked me to join because Maddy was having some voice problems. When I came in...I didn't follow the band so I came in doing what I was asked to do - staying pretty much in the background and that was what was required but then.... Can you keep somebody like me down? I kept coming out as my voice got stronger, because I had given up singing when I had my daughter in 1986 ... So for me it was just (enough) going onto big stages with a band with a high profile so I was very cautious but then I gradually got stronger and stronger and really started to love it all again. Then, of course, I brought some Irishy stuff - my own stuff into the band and the band really started to get off on it and they realised 'God, she can sing as well' - so it happened as if by nature.
Tim Harries; Maddy Prior; Peter Knight; Gay Woods; Liam Genockey; Bob Johnson.
The bands first proper Park Records release is a live album taken from shows in 1986 (see 1986 for details, tracks 1-5) and a later year, not specified (neither the source or year is specifcied). The 2nd set is likely to be anywhere between 1989-1991 given the song choices. The arrangements are so similar to the 1989 20th anniversary songs I think its even possible it was an alternative date on the 1989 20th anniversary tour, or from the Spring '89 tour (which was possibly recorded and played on the Radio in Feb 1990 - see above), or finally, and most likley given the line up pictured in the CD, it could be from 1990 - for which we don't have any bootlegs to verify. Frustratingly no more recordings from either show have appeared since.
Searching For Lambs; 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;
The Lowlands of Holland (sung by Gay, was a very haunting version with mainly Violin and Keyboard) ; Padstow; Picnic; Jack Hall; All Around my Hat; The Masons Apron; Let her Go Down.
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 (bootleg)
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
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.
With support from Barry Dransfield or the Palladinos. [Thanks to David Tomlinson for these tour dates!]. Track list is assuming the Yeovil Radio broadcast below was from this tour. The collection 'Spanning the Years' was released for this tour.
Additional songs played on the radio here over and above those on the 25th Anniversary concert above are: The Fox, Black Jack Davy; Thomas The Rhymer & the trio of new songs Harvest of the Moon; Corbies and The Water is Wide that would appear on 'Time' next year.
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
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.
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!
Big 28 date tour off the back of the reunion concert. Overall the set list does not have many changes. It includes all the songs played by this line up at the Journey Concert plus various tracks that will appear on the upcoming Time album, including the Prickly Bush, which gets its first run out and at this point is called 'The Maid Freed from the Gallows' , its more traditional name. The version is faithfull to the recorded one but with a slightly longer and 'funky' intro. Old Maid the Garret also gets its debut and interestingly the Golden Vanity was played live here, and was recorded but not included on the Time album and later was available as a 'studio outtake'. In total 8 songs from the upcoming Time album recording sessions are played.
'The Singing Bird' is an Irish song introduced and sung by Gay. It does not appear on any Steeleye recordings and only appears to have been sung on this tour. It is a gentle song about love. See below for an audio clip to hear some of it!
The Fox; Seagull; The Golden Vanity; Black Jack Davy; My Singing Bird; Prickly Bush; The Water is Wide; Twa Corbies; Harvest of the Moon; Dark Eyed Sailor; Jack Hall (or) The Elf Knight; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garrett; All Around My Hat/Masons Apron; The Song Will Remain
29th Sept Oxford Apollo
30th Penyrheol Theatre, Swansea
1st Oct Brentwood Centre
6th Harlequin, Redhill (Bootleg)
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
Extract of Gay's song 'My Singing Bird'
Finally a new studio album, 3 tours and supporting Status Quo
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.
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 and the previous tour where a lot of Time tracks were introduced. The set list was not changing much around '94-97. We do know Lady Isobel was being played around this time. Any information gratefully received!
The video 'Time..The Making of' was recorded on this tour. (Not an actual live album but rather the band miming to the album onstage plus the band chatting about each track)
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
September / October. 7+ dates. Probably Dates Missing, not as easy tour to find information for. It may have been recorded for Radio (see below) but nothing has surfaced.
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
13th Oct Continental Cafe, Victoria. 'Dinner and Show' (poster)
22nd Dec: Radio National 576 (Australia) 'Sunday Concert - Steeleye Span' (1 hour)
No more is known of this. I assume it was from the above tour but sadly it has not been heard since. If anyone does know anything, please say!
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."
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.
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. 2000 capacity which a reviewer said was completely full.
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.
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' (A hiring Fair song related to the annual Barthomolew fair). The latter was Maddy leading (with the band providing harmonies) just to Liam's drum before the band came in with a jig. (Hunsden House - later used on the Horkstow Grange album). This song has not been released. Thomas the Rhymer from this tour however, 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."..!
Thomas The Rhymer; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Harvest of the Moon; Erin Grá Mo Croí ; Padstow; 'Room for Company/Hunsden House' ; '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)
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
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.
Peter Knight commented soon after, when asked it had been a surprise: "We had been expecting it for some time. The band wasn't the mainstay of her work and occasionally she couldn't give Steeleye the time we needed and she may have felt that she was holding the band back."
21st July Brampton Live, Carlisle
Cadgwith Anthem; Seagull; Go From My Window; Prickly Bush; Underneath Her Apron; Cutty Wren; My Johnny Was a Shoemaker; The Water is Wide; Corbies; Lark in the Morning; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Padstow; Thomas the Rhymer; Old Maid in the Garrett; Encores: Dark Eyed Sailor; All Around My Hat/Mason's Apron;
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.
Maddy's 'final' tour. During the concerts Maddy acknowledges briefly that it is her last tour, remarking what a great band it is and how much she enjoyed her 28 years. At this point in the concert Maddy says that the band is 'indulging' her and she is singing some stripped down versions of her favourite songs. On the recording I heard this was leading into Betsy Bell and Mary Grey but other songs were sung at this point during the tour (including My Johnny was a Shoemaker)
Set List: Prickly Bush; Room for Company/Hunsden House; Harvest of the Moon; Erin Grá Mo Chroí; Elf Knight; My Johnny was a Shoemaker or Betsy Bell and Mary Grey or The Weaver and the Factory Maid (last night) or others; Padstow; Go From My Window; Cam Ye Oer Frae France; 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 (Bootleg)
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
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!
There is an interview with Maddy in a magazine called 'Tradition' (Oct/Nov '97 edition). It would be interesting to read this given the timing but I have not seen it.