Wintersmith

2013
Park Records


PETER KNIGHT - MADDY PRIOR - JULIAN LITTMAN - RICK KEMP - PETE ZORN - LIAM GENOCKEY
+ JESSIE MAY SMART (on the deluxe album studio tracks)

Guests:
Kathryn Tickell - Northumbrian Pipes
John Spiers - Melodian
Bob Johnson - Vocals (plus guitar on the 'Deluxe' CD)
Terry Pratchett - Vocals


Produced by Chris Tsangarides & Steeleye Span
Recorded at The Ecology Room, Kent; Park Media Studio, Oxford; Draycott Studios, London; Stones Barn, Cumbria; Bread Oven Studio, France (Peter's home studio)
Engineered  by Chris Tsangarides; Bob Prowse; Julian Littman; Peter Knight.
Mixed by Chris Tsangarides;

















Album reached 77 in the official UK Charts

Steeleye release a concept album with a set of original songs centred around the Terry Pratchett Discord Novels. Principally about  the teenage trainee witch, Tiffany Aching. After an album of completely traditional songs this was an album full of original compositions. The only traditional element is the 'Flower of Edinburgh' tune used in the Wee Free Men. Guests Kathryn Tickell and John Spiers feature along with the backing vocals of ex member Bob Johnson who contributed two songs (The band knew he was a big Terry Pratchett fan). Terry Pratchett himself was a big fan of the band and after Steeleye played at his 60th birthday party the idea started for an album set around his novels. Terry thought Wintersmith would be perfect to be put to music. 

New member Julian Littman (who replaced Ken Nicol in 2010) has a background in musical theatre and contributed three songs, as did Peter and Maddy. Rick contributed four. The 6th member of the band is Pete Zorn who joined in 2009 initially to replace Rick Kemp on tour.
Maddy and Terry did a number of Tv and Radio interviews to support the album, including The Jools Holland Show where they played a video clip of The Dark Morris Song.

The album also marked the return of an external Producer, in this case Chris Tsangarides, a very well known producer of Rock/Hard Rock, including Judas Priest among many others. The led to the album having a much heavier feel than its predecessor. 

The success of the album led to a 'Deluxe' CD release in 2014. 4 new songs were recorded for this CD (see below) and included Jessie May Smart on Fiddle, replacing Peter Knight who left after the Wintersmith UK Tour in December 2013. There were also the superb Bob Johnson demo versions of Ancient Eyes and The Wee Free Men, along with liver versions of most of the original album.

Only 'Dark Morris Song' and 'Wintersmith' have survived in the live set since the new line up formed in 2017

1. Overture

(2.10 Ancient Eyes and The Dark Morris Tune)



2. The Dark Morris Song

(4.01 Written by Julian Littman)
'The Beginning of the Trouble'

Single (Download single only) 

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Spring Tour; UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)
[2014] Irish Spring tour; Festivals; UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' Tour
[2015] UK Winter Tour; Festivals; North American Tour; UK Autumn 'Catch Up' Tour
[2016] Festivals; UK Autumn 'Dodgy Bastards' tour
[2017] UK Autumn Hark! The Village Wait tour
[2018] Festivals - including Shrewsbury, on Youtube in high quality; UK Autumn Tour. Features on '50th Anniversary Tour Live DVD (not on the CD)
[2019] Jan Irish tour


3. Wintersmith

(4.38 Written by Rick Kemp)
'The Legend of the Cold Entity'

LIVE/RELEASES: 
[2014] UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' Tour[
[2015] UK Winter Tour; Festivals (sang by Alex Kemp at Shepley); UK Autumn 'Catch Up' Tour
[2016] UK Autumn 'Dodgy Bastards' tour
[2019] Tour of Holland; UK Autumn 50th Anniversary tour. Now being sung by Spud Sinclair


4. You

(3.24 Written by Julian Littman)
'The Wintersmith's declaration of love for Tiffany'

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013]  UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)
[2014] Festivals
[2015] UK Winter Tour; N. American Tour (probably); UK Autumn 'Catch Up' tour


5. The Good Witch

(3.50 Written by Maddy Prior)
'Theories and beliefs of witchcraft as held in this strange place'
   Included a spoken section by Terry

LIVE/RELEASES:
Not played live


6. Band of Teachers

(3.46 Written by Maddy Prior)
'Nomadic educators met along the journey'  

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Spring Tour


7. The Wee Free Men

(2.18 Written by Bob Johnson)  
'Tiffany's feisty and chaotic minders'

LIVE/RELEASES:
Not played live


8. Hiver

(3.25 written by Maddy Prior )
'How it feels to be 'not human'

LIVE/RELEASES:
Not played live

9. Fire and Ice

(5.14 Written by Rick Kemp)
'An anthem of the balance of elements'

LIVE/RELEASES:
Not played live

10. The Making of a Man

(4.04 Written by Peter Knight)
'The truth that lies at the heart of this rhyme is the Wintersmith's undoing'
Noted by Terry Pratchett as his favourite track on the album.


LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)


11. Crown of Ice

(4.05 Written by Rick Kemp)
'The Wintersmith's hopeful offer of icy royalty for Tiffany'

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Spring Tour; UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)

[2014] Festivals; UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' tour; 
[2015] UK Winter tour; UK Autumn 'Catch Up' Tour
[2016] Festivals; 


12. First Dance

(4.44 Written by Rick Kemp)
'The beginning and end of the relationship between witch and entity'

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour.


13. The Dark Morris Tune 

(5.30 Written by Peter Knight)
'The dance that started it all!'

When played live it was played before Dark Morris Song with Maddy playing a drum.

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)
[2014] Festivals

14. The Summer Lady

(3.54 Written by Julian Littman)
'A clarion call to summon the one being who can end the Wintersmith's seasonal reign'

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)

[2014] Irish Spring tour; Festivals; UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' Tour
[2015] UK Winter Tour; N. American Tour; UK Autumn 'Catch Up' tour
[2016] Festivals 



15. Ancient Eyes 

(4.38 Written by Bob Johnson/Steeleye Span)
'A reprise as this world continues to hurtle through space'

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)

[2014] Festivals; UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' Tour
[2015] UK Autumn 'Catch Up' tour


16. We Shall Wear Midnight

(4.09 Written by Peter Knight)
'Tiffany's plea to Terry Pratchett for a life after life'

LIVE/RELEASES:
[2013] UK Winter 'Wintersmith' tour. Features on 'The Wintersmith Tour' Live DVD (2014) and on Wintersmith 'Deluxe' CD (2014)

Wintersmith 'Deluxe' (2014)



1. To Be Human 

(4.11 Written by Julian Littman )
'The final showdown between the Wintersmith and Tiffany'


LIVE/RELEASES:
[2014] UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' tour

2. Be Careful What You Wish For

(5.48 Written by Rick Kemp)
'A Warning to us all. The wish to satisfy our curiosity could lead to dark consequences'


LIVE/RELEASES:
Not Played Live

3. Granny Aching

(2.53 Written by Maddy Prior)
'Tiffany's grandmother. Stoic, kind and forthright'

Single (Download only)


LIVE/RELEASES:
[2014] UK Autumn '45th Anniversary' tour


4. Just One Heart

(4.25 Written by Rick Kemp)

'Roland and Tiffany have feelings for each other but will they ever be realised as true love?'



LIVE/RELEASES: 

Not Played Live

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