2017 - present

Steeleye becomes a seven piece as Benji and Roger join to take the band through to the 50th Anniversary celebrations and beyond

2017

A fairly quiet year as the band re organises and recruits as a result of Rick Kemp leaving

Maddy Prior toured in March /April with Giles Lewis and Hannah James

Benji Kirkpatrick

Multi instrumentalist Benji is the son of John KirkPatrick, the well known British folk dance accordion player who was in Steeleye 1977/78. Benji had recorded and toured previously with Maddy and was part of Bellowhead. 

Roger Carey 

Jazz Bass player Roger played with Peter Knight in the 80's and has worked with drummer Liam Genockey for a number of years, both are based in Hastings. 

Steeleye Span today

Benji Kirkpatrick; Liam Genockey; Jessie May Smart; Roger Carey; Julian Littman; Maddy Prior; Spud Sinclair.

Nov/Dec: 'Hark! the Village Wait' UK Tour

The bands 1970 debut album was played in its entirety during the first set of all concerts on this 25 date tour. This of course meant some rarely sung songs were played live, if ever in the case of 'Copshawholme Fair' & 'Hills of Greenmore'.  Some were sung by Maddy for the first time (Dark Eyed Sailor & Lowlands of Holland). Alison Gross also makes a very welcome return to the set list after an absence since the mid 80's. Marrowbones, sung by Benji, I think is also heard live for the first time, 46 years after being recorded on Ten Man Mop. 'London' also returns after a long break with Julian singing it as a nod to the recent leaver Rick Kemp.

Set List: A Calling on Song; The Blacksmith; Fisherman's Wife; Blackleg Miner; Dark Eyed Sailor; Copshawholme Fair; All Things Are Quite Silent; The Hills of Greenmore; My Johnny Was a Shoemaker; Lowlands of Holland; Twa Corbies; One Night as I lay on My Bed; [Interval]; Cruel Brother; Alison Gross; Edward; Marrowbones; The Gardener; Little Sir Hugh; When I was on Horseback; London; Tam Lin; The Dark Morris Song; Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

17th Nov ST Georges Chruch Beckenham
18th Gulbenkian Theatre Canterbury
19th Harlequin Theatre Redhill
20th Key Theatre Peterborough
22nd Corn Exchange Exeter
23rd ST Georges Church Bristol
25th Octagon Theatre Yeovil
26th Acapela Studios Pentrych
27th Brewhouse Theatre Tounton
28th Borough Theatre Abergavenny
30th Nova Arts Centre Aberystwyth
2nd Dec The Atkinson Southport
3rd Winding Wheel Chesterfield
4th The Kings Hall & Winter Garden
5th Newcastle City Hall Newcastle. With Jacqui Macshee's Pentangle & Accoustic Strawbs
6th ARC Arts Centre Stockton on Tees
8th Tivoli Theatre Winbourne
9th Cheese and Grain Frome
10th The Stables Milton Keynes. Cancelled due to snow. re-arranged for 2018  
11th Roses Theatre Tewksbury
13th The Apex Bury St Edmonds
14th St Mary in the Castle Hastings
15th City Hall Salisbury
16th Haymarket Theatre Basingtoke
17th Wawick Arts Centre Coventry. With Jacqui Macshee's Pentangle

2018

A return to playing at festivals, including being streamed live at Shrewsbury, followed by another Autumn UK tour

April/May
Maddy Prior on a 17 date tour with Giles Lewin & Hannah James. Promoting their new 'Shortwinger' album

May
Steeleye feature in Mojo magazine in the 'How to Buy' section. Basically they list albums in almost release order but with latest album 'Dodgy Bastards' at No.10. 

Summer
6th July - St Edith Folk Club, SevenOaks. (festival warm up)

7th July - New Forest Folk Festival. 
Selected tracks made available to view at the FolksAtHome festival, set up for the benefit of Folk musicians during the Covid-19 epidemic.  

Setlist at all Festivals:
Blackleg Miner; The Gardener; Alison Gross; One Night as I lay On my Bed; Edward; Cruel Brother; Marrowbones; Little Sir Hugh; When I was on Horseback; London; The Dark Morris Song; Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

26th Aug - Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Available to view the whole show in high quality (LINK) . Too large to show here but one of the best quality full Festival sets from Steeleye available on Youtube, from any year.
Photos below are from Shrewsbury and reproduced by kind permission of Oss. Click here for his full set of pictures and other acts on Flikr.

October: UK Autumn Tour

A short 15 date tour which was filmed, selected tracks from which are on the 2019 50th Anniversary DVD box set, but not 'Dodgy Bastards' and 'Harvest' which were put up by Park Records separately (videos below). The set continues selected tracks from the Hark! album, only 2 tracks from 'Dodgy Bastards' and five new songs from the upcoming album - 'Roadways', 'Harvest', 'Reclaiming', 'January Man' and 'Domestic'. January Man is a Dave Goulder track which Maddy and Tim Hart have sung solo previously. Maddy has also sung 'My Husband has no Courage in Him' previously with June Tabor and it appears here as part of the 'Domestic' medley. The second set climax has changed from recent closing song 'Dark Morris' back to 'Bonny Black Hare', which closed the set in Peter Knight's time.

Set List: Dark Morris; Edward; Marrowbones; Sir James the Rose; January Man; Harvest (or played 2nd); Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary ; Dodgy Bastards [Interval] ;Domestic ; Long Lankin; One Night as I lay on my Bed; Roadways; When I was on Horseback; Copshawholme Fair; Blackleg Miner; Alison Gross; Bonny Black Hare. Encore: Reclaiming; All Around My Hat. Note: Edward/'Domestic' Medley/Copshawlholme Fair were dropped when playing with Jacqui.

1st Lyric Theatre Carmathen
2nd Subscription Rooms Stroud
3rd The Stables Milton Keynes (re-arranged from 2017)
4th Swan Theatre Worcester
6th Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne
7th Chelmsford Theatre Chelmsford
8th Corn Exchange Cambridge. w. Jacqui Mcshee's Pentangle
9th Opera House Buxton. Recorded for '50th Anniversary tour DVD' (2019)
10th Palace Theatre Mansfield
12th The Core at Corby Cube Corby
13th Holy Trinity Church Sudbury
14th Theatre Royal Margate
15th Hexagon Theatre Reading. w. Jacqui Mcshee's Pentangle
17th Royal Philharmonic Liverpool. w. Jacqui Mcshee's Pentangle
18th The Courtyard Hereford

w/c 19th Nov - Recording new Album in Broadoak Studios Hastings, the same studio where Dodgy Bastards was recorded.

Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band on tour in December

2019 

50th Anniversary year! 58 live gigs, tours to Ireland, Holland plus 2 major UK tours. Festival appearances included Glastonbury and Beautiful Days, plus a new studio album and a live 'Anniversary Tour' DVD/CD box set.

Jan: Irish Tour

Jessie May Smart was on maternity leave and was replaced with 'Violeta Barreña'. The set list continues from 2018 with no new songs. Thanks Tim for the set list from the Black Box!
The Dark Morris Song - Harvest/The Gleaning - Edward - Sir James The Rose - The January Man - Marrowbones - Gulliver Gentle and Rosemary - Dodgy Bastards -/- interval -/- Domestic - One Night As I Lay On My Bed - Roadways - Blackleg Miner - When I Was On Horseback - Alison Gross - The Bonny Black Hare -[encore]- Reclaiming - All Around My Hat

23rd  Black Box, Belfast. (sold out)
24th Temple Bar TradFest, Dublin
25th  Theatre Royal, Waterford

Mch/Apr - '50th Anniversary' UK Tour

Violeta Barreña continues on violin with Jessie May Smart on maternity leave. The new album, "Est. 1969" was available to buy on tour. A programme was available for the first time in 4 years, which included an interview with Maddy about the history of the band.

The set list features many classic Steeleye big ballads including King Henry, Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer and a welcome return of 'Seventeen Come Sunday', not heard live regularly since 1978 (played at the Journey concert in '95). Benji sang it as tribute to his Dad's time in the band. 'The Elf Knight' returns for the first since 1997, sung by Spud. 'One Misty Moisty Morning' returns, surprisingly for the first time since 2004. Typical of the band, 10 songs are dropped from the 2018 tour including all remaining Hark! songs from the 2017 tour.  'Bonny Black Hare' also dropped, which along with 'Dark Morris Song' had shared the closing 'big' song for nearly 10 years. In fact only 2 songs survive from the the 40th Anniversary year tour, 10 years ago ('Hat' and 'Little Sir Hugh'). 5 songs from the new album are played including 'Old Matron' which was not heard on the last UK Tour. Maddy left the stage half way through each set for one song, presumably to give her voice a rest (Old Matron and 17 Come Sunday)

Harvest; One Misty Moisty Morning; The Elf Knight; January Man; Alison Gross; Old Matron;Thomas the Rhymer [Interval] Tam Lin; Black Jack Davy; Roadways; King Henry; The Weaver and the Factory Maid; Little Sir Hugh; Seventeen Come Sunday; Domestic. Encore: Reclaimed; All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

21st March Burnley Mechanics
22nd Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes
23rd Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
24th Grand Opera House, York.
25th Darlington Hippodrome
27th Playhouse, Whitley Bay
28th Theatre Royal, Wakefield
29th, Palace Theatre, Newark.
30th Hertford Theatre, Hertford.
31st Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock
2nd April Kings Hall, Ilkley
3rd De Montfort Hall, Leicester
5th Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne
6th The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton
7th St David's Hall, Cardiff
8th Theatre Seven, Shrewsbury
10th New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme
11th Regent Theatre, Ipswich
12th Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
13th Revelation St Mary Church, Ashford
14th Theatre Royal, Winchester
16th Epsom Playhouse, Epsom. Recorded for '50th Anniversary tour DVD (see December below)
17th Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks
18th Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Click on image for website

Violeta Vicci (Nee Barreña)

Violeta has been acting as cover for Jessie May on tours since the start of 2019. As with Jessie, and Peter before them, Violeta comes from a classical background and has worked across many musical styles from performing with rock band Elbow, Classical orchestras and a Spanish music duo 'Duo Diez'. Click on the image for her website for more details.

 

New Album: 'Est'd 1969' (Park Records)

The Bands 26th studio album of original material and celebrating theor 50th Anniversary. Recorded at Broadoak Studios in November and January and mixed in one week in order to be available for the Spring tour. Click on image for full details on Discogs.com

Mix of mainly traditional ballads with original arrangements and a two original songs. 'The Boy and the Mantle' is Child No.29, Mackerel of the Sea (or Laily Worm) is Child No.36, which has a theme similar to Alison Gross. 'The Cruel Ship's Carpenter' is a Roud Broadside Ballad, also called 'the Ghost Ship' (a popular variant is 'Pretty Polly'). 'Domestic' is a medley of Trad songs: 'John Hobbs' and 'My Husband has no Courage in Him'. Roadways is a Spud Sinclair song and Reclaimed was written by Rose Kemp, Maddy and Rick's daughter. 

The album includes Jessie May Smart who did not tour at the start of 2019. 'Old Matron' features Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on flute, 45 years on since he produced ''Now We are Six'. Harpsichordist Sophie Yates guests on 'The Boy and the Mantle'. 

24th July: BBC Radio 'Folk on Two' - 'Steeleye Span at 50 with Maddy Prior'

'Folk Rock' pioneer Maddy Prior looks back at 50 years of Steeleye Span'. Songs played - The Blacksmith; Hard Times of Old England; The Dark Morris Song; Old Matron. 

29th July - Glastonbury Festival

The Band played on Friday evening at the Field Of Avalon stage. Jessie May back on violin for all festival appearances.

Harvest; Seventeen Come Sunday; The Elf Knight; Thomas the Rhymer; Alison Gross; Domestic; All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.  

7th July - Cornbury Festival

Closing Act of the Sunday night. Click on the picture to go to a video of 'Harvest'

3rd Aug: Maddy Prior made a surprise appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival singing with Nancy Kerr (Sheath and Knife)

18th Aug - Beautiful Days Festival

Sunday night headlining the 'Big Top' Stage

7th Sept: Chasty Sveta Festival, St Petersburg, Russia

A small 'Wold Music' festival. Finally Steeleye make their first trip to Russia! (Tony Secunda had announced a Russian tour for June 1976 but in the end it fell through and never took place) . Violeta Barreña stood in once again for Jessie May Smart. Video below is concert from Alison Gross onwards.

Set List (in order): Harvest; Alison Gross ; Elf Knight; One Misty Moisty Morning Thomas the Rhymer; Seventeen Come Sunday; Domestic; All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

Sept - New Archive LIVE CD - De Montfort Hall Feb 1978. Angel Air Records

Recorded for a Radio Broadcast (not sure if it was ever broadcast) and now available as a Live CD. An exciting release because apart from Live at Last, no other official live recordings of this line up exist. A chance to hear the line up's rousing versions of 'Cam Ye O'er Frae France', The Boar's Head and set closer 'Seventeen Come Sunday', plus live versions of Awake Awake and Galtee Farmer. The only missing 'nice to have' would be the encore of 'Down in the Valley' - but they may not have played it on the night. The recording also misses the traditional opening song 'False Knight on the Road' and 'The Victory'

Nov: Tour of Holland

Violeta Barreña continues on violin. Set evolved during tour (set list thanks to Jonathan Lee!) but main change from the spring is a great new interpretation of The Blacksmith, a pretty good video of which is shown below. Plus there was a reintroduction of the song 'Wintersmith' and couple of additional tracks from the new album.
Thomas the Rhymer; One Misty Moisty Morning; Alison Gross ; The Blacksmith; Reclaimed (dropped for Elf Knight); The Mackerel of the Sea; The Boy and the Mantle; Roadways (added for night 3&4); Seventeen Come Sunday; Set 2: Domestic (moved to end of set 2 for last 2 nights); King Henry ; Black Jack Davy; January Man; The Wintersmith; Harvest (dropped for last two); Old Matron; Tam Lin (moved to start of set 2 for last two); Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

14th Nov Hedon, Zwolle
 15th Nov Concertzaal, Tilburg
 16th Nov Podium Duycker, Postbus, Hoofddoorp
 17th Nov Paard, The Hague

UK 50th Anniversary Tour 

23 date tour with Violeta Barreña on violin as she continues to job share with Jessie May. Includes recent tradition of an occasional big London anniversary concert featuring special guests, this time they were Martin Carthy, Peter Knight & John Kirkpatrick. Most dates were sold out. The same flyer, programme and other memorabilia that featured in the Spring was also on sale on this tour. In addition there is a special limited edition (500 copies) Vinyl copy of the new album 'Est'd 1969' & the new Live CD/DVD was available on this tour.
A reworking of The Blacksmith (video above) and the re introductions of 'Wintersmith', 'Tam Lin', plus a couple more tracks from 'Est'd 1969' are the changes from the Spring. There is also a welcome return for Gaudete, not seen since 2013. The verses are sung as a Violeta/Maddy harmony.
With Maddy suffering from a sore throat/cold from around the 7th, there was a change in the set (for which she thanked the band during the Frome gig for adapting songs/set list). Brought in were 'BlackLeg Miner', 'Bonny Black Hare' & 'When I was on Horseback' whist Thomas The Rhymer'; 'Tam Lin' and 'Domestic' were dropped. Thomas the Rhymer came back from 12th.


Up to 6th/7th. Thomas the Rhymer; One Misty Moisty Morning; Elf Knight; Alison Gross ; The Blacksmith; The Boy and the Mantle (No Maddy on stage); Roadways; The Mackerel of the Sea; Seventeen Come Sunday; Set 2: Gaudete; Tam Lin; King Henry; Black Jack Davy; January Man; The Wintersmith; Old Matron; Domestic; Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.
From 8th (ish): Alison Gross; One Misty Moisty Morning; Elf Knight; The Blacksmith; The Boy and the Mantle (No Maddy on stage); Roadways; Blackleg Miner; Bonny Black Hare (dropped for Thomas the Rhymer from 12th) Set 2: Gaudete; King Henry; The Mackerel of the Sea; When I was on Horseback; Old Matron; January Man; Black Jack Davy; The Wintersmith; Seventeen Come Sunday; Encore: All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

20th Nov - Theatre Royal, Margate Sold out?
21st Nov - St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
22nd Nov - St Alban's Arena
23rd Nov - Harlequin Theatre, Redhill
24th Nov - Malvern Forum Theatre Sold out
26th Nov - New Brighton Floral Pavillion
27th Nov - Oran Mor, Glasgow. Sold Out    
28th Nov - The Atkinson, Southport. Sold Out
29th Nov - Bradford Cathedral. Sold Out
1st Dec - Great British Folk Festival, Skegness
2nd Dec - The Apex, Bury St Edmonds - Sold Out
3rd Dec - The Stables, Milton Keynes - virtual sell out
4th Dec - The Stables, Milton Keynes
6th Dec - Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, Wales. Sold out.
7th Dec - Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales. Sold Out
8th Dec - Cheese and Grain, Frome. Sold Out. Reworked set list
9th Dec - Corn Exchange, Exeter. Sold Out. Reworked set list
11th Dec - The Haymarket, Basingstoke - Sold Out.
12th Dec - The Dome, Brighton. Reintroduced Thomas the Rhymer and dropped Bonny Black Hare.
14th Dec - Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. As Brighton 
15th Dec - City Hall Salisbury. As Brighton
16th Dec - Birmingham Town Hall

17th Dec - The Barbican, London - 50th Anniversary Show

Special 50th Anniversary show with special guests Martin Carthy; Peter Knight; John Kirkpatick. Support from Acoustic Strawbs

Thomas the Rhymer; One Misty Moisty Morning; Alison Gross; Betsy Bell and Mary Gray (Maddy and Peter Knight duet); Marrowbones/The King (both sung by Martin Carthy and featuring John Kirkpatrick & Peter Knight) ; Seventeen Come Sunday (Sung by John and Benji Kirkpatrick featuring Peter Knight and Martin Carthy) [Interval]; Gaudete; Tam Lim; King Henry; Blackleg Miner; Black Jack Davy; Old Matron; January Man; When I was on Horseback; Wintersmith; Bonny Black Hare (Featuring Peter Knight); Encore: (Featuring everyone) All Around My Hat; Dodgy Bastards.

Live DVD/CD '50th Anniversary Tour'

A live DVD/CD 4 disk set celebrating the 50th Anniversary was launched during the Winter tour. DVD 1 was recorded at Epsom in April 2019 and DVD2 in Buxton in October 2018. The CD's are from the 2019 concert. Also included is an 11 minute short documentary about the history of the band involving interviews of current/ex band members plus managers/engineers etc. Notable for featuring an appearance of Bob Johnson, his first of any kind since 2001.
This release is a very welcome and comprehensive overview of the current line up's live set list. It has every song played across the Autumn '18 & Spring '19 tours apart from ' Copshawholme Fair'. Features both Jessie and Violeta.
Click on image for details & to purchase from Park Records
Bob on the documentary

Book. 'All Around My Hat' The Steeleye Span Story. John Van Der Kiste

9th Dec: Not an 'official' authorised Steeleye book, but does feature new interviews with some of the band members, mainly Martin Carthy and Maddy Prior. A comprehensive written history which draws mainly upon interviews and articles published over the years. It is unique that is it the only book 100% devoted to Steeleye, and it also covers the Steeleye story through to the 21st Century which the other books have not done so.

50th Anniversary Concert, Barbican 17th Dec

Photo with kind permission by Deborah Knight

2020

Continuing with 50th Anniversary celebrations

Record Collector

4 page feature in Jan's edition based on interviews with Maddy/Ashley Hutchings/Benji Kirkpatrick. Fairly standard article, no new insights. They definitely used this website for some of the information, which is nice.

A planned May 2020 tour was cancelled due to Coronavirus with most dates moved to May 2021. 


Planned summer appearances/festivals (Subject to Coronavirus)

22nd-24th May: Mello Festival, Henley Castle, Worcestershire.
30th July - The Ham, Sidmouth (Pre Festival concert)
28th-31st Aug: Towersey Folk Festival

  50th Anniversary 2020 UK Autumn Tour

Tour planned for October

30th Sept The Playhouse, Whitley Bay
 1st Oct: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Edinburgh Scotland
2nd Pavilion Theatre Glasgow
4th Baths Hall, Scunthorpe5th The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield
7th Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
9th Swan Theatre, High Wycombe
12th Theatre Royal, Northampton
15th YTheatre, Leicester
16th Marine Theatre, Fleetwood
18th Palace Theatre, Mansfield
19th Core Theatre, Solihull
20th Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke  

Nov 27th-30th Skegness - Maddy Prior is down to appear at the Great British Folk Festival Weekend

2021

UK Spring Tour

A tour mainly made up of re-arranged dates from May 2020 tour which was cancelled due to Coronavirus

1st May The Sage, Gateshead
2nd Music Hall, Leeds
6th Lowther Pavilion Lytham St Annes
7th Arts Centre Pocklington
8th Opera House Buxton
12th Royal Spa Lemmington Spa
13th Palace Theatre Newark
14th The Elgiva Chesham
15th Hertford Theatre
18th St George's Bristol
20th Exmouth Pavilion
21st The Lighthouse Poole
22nd Theatre Royal WInchester
23rd Theatre Royal, Winchester
25th Octagon Theatre Yeovil

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