Back on the road for 2 tours and a double Live CD
Julian comes from a musical theatre/production/acting background as well as a musician. He appeared in the film Evita plus a number of London Theatre productions and regularly performs with Charlie Dore. See his profile page for more information. Liam knew Julian from working with Gerry Rafferty and recommended him. Julian auditioned by sending in videos and practising with Peter Knight.
Pete was a popular session and touring multi-instrumentalist who performed frequently with Richard Thompson and many others across a wide range of musical styles. He was even meant to be the original Saxophone player on Baker Street! Pete had initially been bought in to cover Rick but now becomes a full time member.
Image: Bryan Ledgard / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)
Peter Knight; Liam Genockey; Julian Littman; Pete Zorn; Maddy Prior; Rick Kemp.
March/April. This tour was recorded and released later in the year. They ran through the Now We are Six album in the first half of the set. The initial tour flyer had no Pete Zorn on it and was not billed as 'Six Again' so I assume Pete was confirmed after Julian and the actual set list decided late on. Long Lankin was played on some dates but then dropped and did not appear on the subsequent live CD. The tour was also filmed in St Alban's but no DVD or any videos have emerged since.
Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete Zorn on Flute); The Mooncoin Jig; Edwin; Long-A-Growing; Two Magicians; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; To Know Him is to Love Him (Pete Zorn on Sax); Second Half: Just As the Tide Was Flowing; Let Her Go Down; Edward; Creeping Jane; Long Lankin (Not every night); Two Constant Lovers; Prince Charlie Stewart; Cam Ye O'er From France; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My Hat; Gaudete (Not every night)
16th March The Royal Theatre, Northampton
17th The Queens Theatre, Barnstaple
18th Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter
19th Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
20th Cheltenham Town Hall
22nd The Swan Theatre, Worcester
23rd White Rock Theatre, Hastings
24th The Alban Arena, St Albans
26th The Palace Theatre, Mansfield
27th Assembly Room, Derby
28th Prince Of Wales Centre, Cannock
29th The Pavilion, Worthing
31st Theatre Royal, Winchester
1st April The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
2nd Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
3rd Orchard Theatre, Dartford
4th The Beck Theatre, Hayes
5th Ashcroft Theatre - Fairfield Halls, Croydon
6th Tivoli Theatre, Womborne ~(did this one take place?)
May: Chippenham Folk Festival
26 dates across Nov/Dec. They ran through Now We are Six again in the 1st half but then tweaked the second half by including songs from the 'Winter' Album. Long Lankin was dropped along with 'Just as the Tide'; Let Her Go Down (replaced with Who Told the Butcher); Cam Ye and Prince Charlie Stuart.
Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete on Flute); The Mooncoin Jig; Edwin; Long-A-Growing; Two Magicians; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; To Know Him is to Love Him (Peter on Sax); [Interval] Today in Bethlehem; Sing We the Virgin Mary'; Bright Morning Star; Two Constant Lovers; Edward; Who Told the Butcher; Creeping Jane; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My Hat; Gaudete
19th Nov. Theatre Royal, Margate
20th Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich
21st The Cresset, Peterborough
23rd Aberystwyth Arts Centre
24th Oakengates Theatre @ The Place
25th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
27th Buxton Opera House
28th Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
29th Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
30th St George's Bristol
2nd Dec. Hall For Cornwall,Truro
3rd Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
5th Reading Concert Hall
6th Birmingham Town Hall
7th Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
8th Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury
9th Salisbury City Hall
11th Farnham Maltings
12th New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
14th Bedford Corn Exchange
16th The Apex Bury St Edmonds
17th Eastbourne College
18th Martletts Hall, Burgess Hil
20th St George's Concert Hall, Bradford
19th The Barbican, London.
Included The Accoustic Strawbs, with Martin Carthy and John Spiers as guests on Padstow/Boys of Bedlam/Lark in the Morning. This marks the return of Boys of Bedlam for the first time since it was recorded. (Apart from an experimental duo version in 2008 by Peter and Maddy).
Seven Hundred Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Now We are Six; Thomas the Rhymer (Pete on Flute); The Mooncoin Jig; Edwin; Long-A-Growing; Two Magicians; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; To Know Him is to Love Him (Peter on Sax); [Interval; Accoustic Strawbs]; Edward; Two Constant Lovers; Bright Morning Star; Padstow; Boys of Bedlam; The Lark in the Morning; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; Encore; All Around My Hat; Gaudete
A year off touring
14th June The Forum, Barrow-In-Furness
15th June Beverley Festival, Beverley Leisure Centre. 1st Video below - Creeping Jane, plus more on Youtube. Set list almost certainly as Newark below.
1st Sept Palace Theatre, Newark.
700 Elves; Drink Down the Moon/Cuckoo's Nest; Thomas the Rhymer; Mooncoin Jig; Two Magicians; Betsy Bell and Mary Grey; To Know Him is to Love Him; Two Constant Lovers; Edward; Creeping Jane; Cold Haily Windy Night; Bonny Black Hare; ENCORES: All Around My Hat; Gaudete
2nd Sept Moseley Folk Festival . 2nd video below - Bonny Black Hare
Sept/Oct (17 dates): Maddy Prior tours with Giles Lewis and Hannah James supporting their new album '3 for Joy'. Was meant to be with Benji Kirkpatrick but was replaced with Hannah when he was unable to make the dates
A collaboration with Terry Pratchett, a return to the charts and Peter Knight leaves the band
March. Quite a big refresh of the set after a year with no tour and 2011 focusing on the 'Now We are Six' album. This tour introduced 4 songs from upcoming Wintersmith Album at the end of the first set. Long Lankin, Betsy Bell; The Blacksmith (In the style of Hark. Peter on Mandolin), Ranzo; When I was on Horseback; Bachelor's Hall and a particularly good version of Tam Lin all return to the set whilst not a single song from 'Now We Are Six' album survives. As this tour fell between Now We Are Six Again and Wintersmith tours it means these 7 songs also miss out on a live CD/DVD appearance unfortunately. Rick had to miss the Clacton concert (maybe more and I assume he was ill)
The King; The Blacksmith (Peter on Mandolin); Long Lankin; Let Her Go Down; Creeping Jane; [Wintersmith sometimes] ; I Shall Wear Midnight; Band of Teachers; Crown of Ice; The Dark Morris; Set Two: When I Was on Horseback; First House in Connaught / The Lady of the House; Bachelor's Hall; Hard Times of Old England; Betsy Bell and Mary Gray; Ranzo; Cam Ye O'er Frae France; Tam Lin; Bonny Black Hare. Encore: All Around My Hat; Gaudete.
8th Mch Theatre Royal, Winchester
9th Hertford Theatre., Hertford
12th Roses Theatre, Tewskbury
13th The Haymarket, Basingstoke
14th Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole
16th Assembly Rooms, Derby
20th West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-On-Sea
21st Town Hall, Loughborough
22nd The Castle, Wellingborough
23rd The Cromer Pier And Pavilion Theatre, Cromer
24th The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
25th Corn Exchange, Cambridge
29th New Theatre, Oxford
30th Beck Theatre, Hayes
31st Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
April: BBC Radio 6 played the 1970 Full House Session. The first appearance of the Mk2 Band. Was much better sound quality than the tracks that appear on the Please to see the King 2003 CD reissue. This show gets repeated frequently.
27th July: Cambridge Folk Festival
TV/Radio: This festival was covered by BBC and so there were interviews with Maddy and various highlight videos shown at the time. No longer available. Included Long Lankin; Tam Lin; We Shall Wear Midnight; All Around My Hat
28th July: Village Pump Festival, Westbury. The Blacksmith (Youtube). Peter on Mandolin.
24th August: FolkEast Festival. The King (Youtube)
Sept/Oct: Maddy Prior tours with Giles Lewin and Hannah James still promoting their '3 For Joy' 2012 album.
Released on the 28th October. A concept album inspired by the Terry Pratchett book Wintersmith and related Tiffany Aching stories. All original compositions, including two songs written by Bob Johnson who also contributed backing vocals to them. Reached No.77 in the UK Charts and received lots of BBC Radio airplay. The Album topped the Amazon Folk music chart. The BBC2 show Jools Holland Show had an an interview with Maddy and Terry plus a video of the single 'The Dark Morris Song' Guests: Terry Pratchett; Karthryn Tickell ( Northumbrian pipes ) & John Spiers (Melodeon). For full Album details click on the album cover (external site). Promo video below
A big 29 date tour celebrating both the new album and Peter's last appearances with the band. Nine songs in total from the Wintersmith Album. 'Saucy Sailor' and 'Seagull' also find their way back into the set after long absences. Fortunately the last date was recorded for a 2014 DVD release and is one of the best live films (1st 2 videos below) of the band to date. It also turned out to be Peter Knight's last gig. At this Salisbury gig Terry Pratchett came on stage for a chat and to watch the band play.
Cold Haily Windy Night; The Weaver And The Factory Maid; The Making Of A Man (Julian on Keyboards); You (Julian on Keyboards); Ancient Eyes (Julian on Keyboards); The Dark Morris Tune (including Maddy on drum); The Dark Morris Song; (with Morris dancers); [Interval]; Thomas The Rhymer (Pete Zorn on flute); Blackleg Miner; Seagull (Pete Zorn on whistle); First Dance; Summer Lady; Crown Of Ice (Pete Zorn on Sax); We Shall Wear Midnight; Saucy Sailor; Edward; The Bonny Black Hare; Encore: All Around My Hat; Cam Ye O’er Frae France
15th Nov Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay
16th Hall For Cornwall, Truro
17th Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
18th Forest Folk, Wickham
20th Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
21st Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple
22nd Electric Palace, Bridport
23rd Exmouth Pavilion, Exmouth
25th Southport Theatre & Convention Centre, Southport
26th St Georges Hall, Bradford
27th The Sage, Gateshead
28th Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
29th Royal & Derngate, Northampton
1st Dec Great British Folk Festival, Skegness. 3rd video below is a superb Peter Knight performing 'We Shall Wear Midnight' and the 4th Seagull (Pete Zorn on the Penny Whistle)
2nd The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
3rd Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick
4th Theatre Royal, Margate
6th Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin
7th St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
8th Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
9th Barbican Hall, London. With guests Spiers and Boden who played with the band on Saucy Sailor, The Dark Morris Tune, and probably others.
10th The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
11th The Concert Hall Reading
13th Theatr Hafren Newtown
14th The Platform Morecambe
16th Opera House Buxton
17th New Vic Theatre Newcastle – Under – Lyme
18th St Georges Hall Bristol
19th Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury- Recording of Wintersmith DVD (released 2014) feat. Terry Pratchett on stage
A replacement for Peter and a new tour
Joined in Feb. Jessie had to go through a 3 hour audition to join the band. The band liked Jessie because, Like Peter Knight, she also came from a classical background. Click on the picture for her website and find out more about her background and other activities.
Liam Genockey; Pete Zorn; Maddy Prior; Rick Kemp; Jessie May Smart; Julian Littman.
With 73 dates, North American, UK and European tours, the busiest year of the decade.
21 dates across Feb/Mch. Included the introduction of a new medley of songs about Hares, a subject Maddy has sung about in Solo albums. (Yet to make a recording). Broadly though the set list does not see many changes. The 'Robbers' Medley is still being played in some venues. When I was on Horseback starts with a 'prelude' played by Jessie .
The Blackleg Miner; Long Lankin; The Lark In The Morning; The Blacksmith (or dropped); King Henry; 'Hares' Medley -[On Yonder Hill; Hunting The Hare; The Poacher's Run]; You; Wintersmith; All Around My Hat; When I Was On Horseback; The Boys Of Bedlam ; The Dark Morris Song (or on Encore); Saucy Sailor; Edward; 'Robbers Medley': [Cadgwith Anthem; Hark the Robbers; Jack Hall]; The Summer Lady; Crown Of Ice; Thomas The Rhymer; Encore: The Dark Morris Song; Somewhere Along The Road.
15th Feb The ForumBarrow-In-Furness
16th The Atkinson Southport
17th The Beck Hayes
18th Haymarket Theatre Basingstoke
20th De Roma, Antwerp, Belgium
21st Celtic & Balfolk Night Rotterdam Holland
24th Theatre Royal Margate
25th Tivoli Theatre Wimborne
26th Octagon Theatre Yeovil
27th Wycombe Swan Theatre High Wycombe
28th The Marina Theatre Lowestoft
8th Mch Harlequin Theatre Redhill
10th Wyvern Theatre Swindon
11th The Playhouse Harlow When
12th Pavilion Theatre Worthing
14th The Gatehouse Stafford
15th Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham
16th Stratford Arts House Stratford-upon-Avon
18th Costa Del Folk Festival Benalmadena Spain
20th Pyramid & Parr Hall Warrington
21st HRH Prog 3. Pwllheli Wales:
Blackleg Miner ; The Dark Morris Song ; Long Lankin; King Henry; All Around My Hat; Boys of Bedlam; Wintersmith; Thomas the Rhymer
5th June BBC TV Look North. Maddy Prior on Hadrian's Wall of Sound.
Local BBC TV had a 'music relay' featuring various musicians singing along Hadrian's Wall. This clip, still available, features Maddy; Jessie May Samrt; Julian Littman and soon to be Steeleye member Spud Sinclair. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-33022942/maddy-prior-on-hadrian-s-wall-of-sound
25th June: Stapleton Public Hall, Roweltown.
Warm up Show for North American tour. The line up was Maddy, Alex Kemp (Bass), Liam, Jessie and Julian as this was the line up that would tour US and Canada. Rick and Pete would not be on the tour. Alex Kemp is the son of Rick and Maddy.
Blackleg Miner ; Long Lankin; Robbers medley: [Cagwith Anthem; Hark the Robber; Jack Hall]; You; Edward; All Around My Hat; Boys of Bedlam; The Dark Morris Song; Saucy Sailor; Wintersmith; Thomas the Rhymer; Encore: Somewhere Along the Road
Canada leg: Julian Littman; Jessie May Smart; Liam Genockey; Maddy Prior; Alex Kemp.
As well as playing the 'Hares Medley' and occasionally the 'Robbers Medley' on this tour they also played the version of 'King Henry' that had a nice improv/solo from Jessie in the middle. (Video Below)
4-5 July Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso NS (Played 2 sets)
7th Midland Cultural Centre Midland ON
8th Hugh’s Room. Toronto ON.
Included: Robbers Medley: Cadgwith Anthem rolling into Jack Hall (Alex Kemp). My Johnny was a shoemaker, Saucy Sailor, When I was on horseback, Somewhere along the road, Blackleg miner, Edward, Boys of Bedlam, Dark Morris Song
9-10th Winnipeg Folk festival. Winnipeg MB
11-12th Vancouver Island MusicFest Comox BC
USA Leg: Julian Littman; Jessie May Smart; Liam Genockey; Maddy Prior; Nils Peterson
Alex Kemp could not get into US due to Visa Issue. Local Bassist Nils Peterson stepped in at the very last minute. (photos below). Apparently he first rehearsed with them at 4pm before the first show at 7.30pm!
Images below courtesy of Matt Condon
Tue 14 July The Triple DoorSeattle, WA
Thu 16 GAMHSan Francisco, CA
Sat 18 Space Evanston, IL,
It was suggested that Pete Zorn flew in to replace Nils, but not confirmed and Nils was definitely at BB Kings so I assume he didn't in the end.
19th Music Haven Series Schenectady, NY
Blackleg Miner; Long Lankin; The Lark in the Morning; King Henry; I Live not where I Love; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; Hares Medley: On Yonder Hill/Hunting The Hare/The Poachers Run; The Dark Morris; Summer Lady; Saucy Sailor; All Around My Hat; When I was on Horseback; Thomas The Rhymer; Boys Of Bedlam; Somewhere along the Road. From Bootleg.
21st SiriusXM Internet Radio. 'The Village session' [daytime]. Please let me know if anyone has a recording of this! Photos below
21st: The Birchmere Alexandria, VA
22nd Sellersville Theatre Sellersville, PA
23rd B.B. Kings NYC.
Below is a pretty good audience recording of a great version of King Henry, the line up features Nils Peterson.
Blackleg Miner, Long Lankin; Lark in the Morning; King Henry; I live not where I love; My Johnny was a Shoemaker; 'Hares' Medley; Dark Morris Song; Summer Lady; Saucy Sailor; Dancing at Whitsun; 'Robbers Medley': Cadgwith Anthem-Hark the Robbers-Jack Hall; When I was on Horseback; Thomas The Rhymer; All Around My Hat; Somewhere Along the Road.
24th Johnny D’s Boston.
Photos below are from the SiriusXM session. Does anyone have a copy??! Surprisingly I have not seen one appear yet
Spud had worked with Rick Kemp on two of his solo albums and living locally to Rick and Maddy had made various one off appearances with them both. Spud joined on lead guitar meaning Steeleye had two lead guitars on many songs for the first time although Julian also took on a more multi - instrumentalist/Rhythm guitar role.
Spud Sinclair has kindly confirmed that he joined the band for this tour.
30th October: Theater de Willem Papendrecht.
First time I've seen 'Sovereign Prince' appear in the set, a Maddy Prior solo track from 'Changing Winds' that has not been played by Steeleye before. Prince Charlie Stuart, Somewhere along the Road & Weary Cutters/New York Girls were also played here.
31st RABO Theater Hengelo
1st Nov Iduna Drachten
3rd Parkstad Limburg Theaters Heerlen
4th Goudse Schouwburg Gouda
5th Stadsschouwburg Brugge
6th De Maaspoort Venlo
SINGLE: 'Somewhere along the Road' (Park promo video below). Rick Kemp composition, widely covered by other artists and sung by Maddy for years. Never recorded by Steeleye previously. See Programme exert below for Rick discussing the songs background
Broadly speaking a 'best of' from the Park Record years and includes tracks from 'Present', plus more recent albums and the new single 'Somewhere along the road'. The only place to get a recording of this track. It also has 'The Golden Vanity' a studio recording from the 'Time' Sessions that was only available on a couple of Park Records collections.
25 dates. An evolving set list with fewer Wintersmith tracks and the introduction of two new tracks that will find their way onto Dodgy Bastards. Overall a set that has very few of the 'classic' Steeleye ballads, but as Maddy said on stage, 'We are not a Steeleye Span tribute band and are always looking forward'. It features 'The Sovereign Prince', Maddy's self penned song from an early solo album (with write up and lyrics printed in the programme). There is also a return for 'All Things are Quite silent having not been sung since 2009 when it made its live debut! The Weary Cutters/New York Girls combo stays in the set. The Set order changed during the tour a fair bit.
Cold Haily Windy Night; Sir James the Rose; The Gardener; All Things Are Quite Silent; Blackleg Miner ; Crown of Ice; Ancient Eyes; You; All Around My Hat; [Interval]; The Summer Lady; Sovereign Prince; Weary Cutters; New York Girls; Cromwell's Skull; Prince Charlie Stuart; The Dark Morris Song; Wintersmith (dropped during tour); Boys of Bedlam; Encore: Somewhere Along the Road
17th Nov Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
18th Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, Oswaldtwistle
19th Town Hall, Birmingham
20th Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
22th Borough Theatre Abergavenny
23th The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre Taunton
24th The Stables Milton Keynes
25th New Vic Theatre Newcastle Under Lyme
26th Prince of Wales Centre Cannock
27th Town Hall Cheltenham
29th Royal & Derngate Northampton
30th Epsom Playhouse Epsom
1st Dec The Winding Wheel Chesterfield
2nd Huddersfield Town Hall Huddersfield
4th Leeds Town Hall Leeds
6th Great British Folk Festival Skegness. Great recording of the band performing the 'Weary Cutters and New York Girls [below]
Cold Haily Windy Night; Sir James the Rose; Weary Cutters/New York Girls; Dark Morris Song; Summer Lady; Crown Of Ice; All Things are Quite Silent; Blackleg Miner; All Around My Hat; Boys Of Bedlam; Somewhere Along the Road.
8th The ApexBury St Edmunds
9th Corn Exchange Ipswich
10th St Mary’s In The Castle Hastings
12th The Lighthouse Poole
13th Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
14th Cadogan Hall London
15th St George’s Bristol
16th Portsmouth Guildhall Portsmouth
17th City Hall Salisbury
New Album and Tour but Rick Kemp retires
14th April: Barbican, London. Terry Pratchett Memorial Service
Steeleye played a set at this memorial which was recorded for a BBC4 documentary about Terry.
Fri 12th August: Cropredy Festival, Oxfordshire
Blackleg Miner; Sir James the Rose; The Gardener; The Dark Morris Song ; All thing are Quite Silent;Prince Charlie Stuart; Cromwell's Skull; New York Girls; Thomas the Rhymer; The Summer Lady; Crown of Ice; Boys of Bedlam; Bonny Black Hare; All Around My Hat; Encores: Somewhere Along the Road.
After the Wintersmith Concept album this is a return to their roots with re-workings of various Child Ballads alongside three original compositions by Rick, Spud and Julian, whilst still maintaining the new heavier Rock feel that Wintersmith introduced. There are guest appearances from John Spiers on the Melodeon and from Hattie Webb on the Harp. 'All Things are Quite Silent' and 'Bedlam Boys' both appear on an album again, the latter having been reworked recently in the live sets. Without doubt a 'Folk Rock' album with both in equal billing. Destined to be Rick Kemp's last Steeleye Span Album.