Space Oddity, Suspicious Minds, Pinball Wizard, Whole Lotta Love, Come Together means that 1969 could easily be said to be a vintage year for music, the end of a decade that changed the world and the introduction to one that would prove equally inspirational. It would also see the birth of a band that would start as an idea to electrify traditional music and would go on to become one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Over the past fifty years, Steeleye Span have come to define the concept of English folk rock; taking it from the world of small clubs into the charts, concert halls and festivals around the globe.

Featuring some of the most famous names in folk music from down the years, (Martin Carthy, Tim Hart, Bob Johnson, John Kirkpatrick, Peter Knight, Ken Nicol, Liam Genockey), the band has perhaps been most identified with Maddy Prior, one of the most distinctive voices in British music. Having found the band with her musical partner Tim Hart, she has steered Steeleye through their various incarnations, as well as a successful solo career and a number of regular collaborations with the likes of June Tabor and The Carnival Band. Steeped in the mythology and history of the British Isles and beyond, her lyrics have retold some of the most notable stories in the tradition. Tales of love, tragedy, injustice, murder, revenge and redemption – all have come to personify the band’s musical sound, a marrying of folk tunes with the finest in rock instrumentation.

As they celebrate their milestone anniversary, Steeleye Span show no signs of slowing down. Releasing seven studio and four live albums since the turn of the century, their current seven piece line-up ranks as one of the strongest of their long history and features John Kirkpatrick’s son Benji amongst others.



Date Venue
Sat 28th Towersey Festival Buckinghamshire


Date Venue
Thu 30th Pavilion Theatre Glasgow


Date Venue
Fri 1st The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh
Sun 3rd The Playhouse Whitley Bay
Tue 5th Kings Hall Blackburn
Wed 6th The baths Hall Scunthorpe
Thu 7th The Marine Hall Fleetwood
Fri 8th New Theatre Peterborough
Mon 11th Queens Theatre Barnstaple
Tue 12th Swan Theatre Worcester
Wed 13th The Core Solihull
Thu 14th Y Theatre Leicester
Fri 15th Wycombe Swan High Wycombe
Sun 17th The Palace Theatre Mansfield
Mon 18th The Stables Milton Keynes
Tue 19th Wyvern Theatre Swindon
Thu 21st The Haymarket Basingstoke
Sat 23rd Arts Centre Pontardawe
Sun 24th The Playhouse Stratford Upon Avon
Mon 25th New Theatre Royal Lincoln

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