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Steeleye Span Tour

With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span is not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Contemporaries of the likes of Led Zeppelin and Fairport Convention, they have gone on to change the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs and festivals into the world of chart topping albums and international tours.

Part of that incredible story has been the individuals that have contributed to the band’s history. Steeleye Span has provided a home for a long list of some of the world’s finest musicians. The current line up of Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Liam Genockey, Julian Littman, Jessie May Smart and Andrew Sinclair  along with old names such as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Harries, Bob Johnson and most recently Peter Knight.

2015 saw the release of ‘The Essential Steeleye Span’, drawn from their 20 years on the Park Records label, The Essential Steeleye Span: Catch Up looks back at the recent history of one of the most prolific bands of their age. From 1996’s Time up to their Wintersmith collaboration with the late Sir Terry Pratchett, the album features some of the most memorable moments in Steeleye’s long and distinguished career; whether it be from their string of acclaimed Park releases or a number of new recordings of their most famous songs. Including rare and unreleased material, this is the perfect release for those new to the group or returning fans – a snapshot of a band still at the peak of their creative powers.

In 2016, the band played, Ramblin Man Festival and Copredy, to huge acclaim.  The rest of this year has been dedicated to writing and recording songs for the new album with the rather cryptic name, “Up Until Now………Dodgy Bastards”.  You may well ask “What”?   Any lover of original folk music, will immediately smile and understand the connotations.   For those new to the genre, all the characters in the songs are about crooks and unsavoury people……these are the typical folk tales and this is the ethos of the band since their formation in 1969 with the vision of playing folk music in a contemporary, electric band format.

Steeleye Span tour dates:

Thurs 6th October Farnham Maltings Farnham 01252 745444 Buy Tickets
Fri 7th October Hertford Theatre Hertford 01992 531500 Buy Tickets
Sat 8th October New Theatre Royal Portsmouth 02392 649000 Buy Tickets
Sun 9th October Shanklin Theatre Isle Of Wight 01983 868000 Buy Tickets
Tues 11th October Floral Pavilion Theatre New Brighton 01516 660000 Buy Tickets
Wed 12th October The Victoria Theatre Halifax 01422 351158 Buy Tickets
Fri 14th October Buxton Opera House Derbyshire 01298 72190 Buy Tickets
Sat 15th October Drill Hall Bury 01617 612216 Buy Tickets
Sun 16th October Middlesbrough Theatre Middlebrough 01642 815181 Buy Tickets
Mon 17th October The Platform Morecambe 01524 582803 Buy Tickets
Tues 18th October The King’s Hall & Winter Garden Ilkley 01274 432000 Buy Tickets
Thurs 20th October Open Bank Plain Norwich 01603 763111 Buy Tickets
Fri 21st October Chelmsford Civic Theatre Essex 01245 606505 Buy Tickets
Sat 22nd October The Corn Exchange Newbury 08455 218218 Buy Tickets
Sun 23th October Royal Hippodrome Theatre Eastbourne 01323 802020 Buy Tickets
Mon 24th October The Orchard Theatre Dartford 01322 220000 Buy Tickets
Wed 26th October Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa 01926 334418 Buy Tickets
Thurs 27th October The Alban Arena St Albans 01727 844488 Buy Tickets
Fri 28th October Maesteg Town Hall Maesteg 01656 815995 Buy Tickets
Sat 29th October Cheese And Grain Frome 01373 455420 Buy Tickets
Sun 30th October The Capitol Horsham 01403 750220 Buy Tickets
Mon 31st October Key Theatre Peterborough 01733 207239 Buy Tickets