Steeleye Span established themselves as a major creative force in that vintage period for music, the early 1970s, becoming one of the most enduring stories in the world of folk and beyond.
As pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever. Now, there were gold discs and international tours, in a world beyond the small clubs which were known as the home of folk. And after half a century, it’s tie to celebrate the band’s famous albums. Maddy Prior and her iconic vocals will lead some of the most skilled musicians in the UK, playing key tracks and favourites from over the years.
A special live concert recording of the band’s debut album, Hark The Village Wait, will be released and available digitally on 2 May.
The present Steeleye line-up is: The Legendary Maddy Prior (vocals), with long term member Liam Genockey (drums), Julian Littman, guitar/keyboards and vocals) Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Violeta Vicci (violin and backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar and backing vocals) and Roger Carey (bass), but how hard it is to think of the band without Maddy, when she hangs up that hat all around which she wears a green willow. Maddy still dances, still happy and in her element.
Sitting at the back with his long beard looking every inch the hippy figure is Liam Genockey on drums. Liam uses his kit to create sounds and atmospheres which are far more than hitting a stick against a skin. He utilises the metallic edges, the case – any part of the drum kit he thinks can add a particular moment to a song. His playing is very subtle and always beautiful
Julian Littman has been a part of the band since 2011 and has a huge pedigree of playing with some top-rated artists including David Bowie. He is a bit of a jack of all trades being an actor, singer, musician, song writer – you name it he does it. Julian plays guitars, keyboards and vocals.
Another relative newcomer to the bus is Andrew ‘Spud’ Sinclair. Playing superb guitar and impressive on vocals too, he clearly is an excellent fit.
The newest members bassist Roger Carey and multi-instrumentalist Benji Kirkpatrick (son of former member John Kirkpatrick who played with the band in 1977-1978 the group are now a dynasty) playing and singing as if they had forever been a part of the line up. Also, Violeta Vicci, a virtuoso violinist, who skilfully steps in when Jesse Mae Smart is unable to tour.
Steeleye Span is at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall on 10 May. “Don’t miss them…” The Independent.
|Tue 3rd May||Lowther Pavilion||Lytham St Annes|
|Wed 4th May||Waterside Arts||Trafford|
|Thurs 5th May||Arts Centre||Pocklington|
|Fri 6th May||The Winding Wheel||Chesterfield|
|Mon 9th May||Opera House||Buxton|
|Tue 10th May||City Varieties Music Hall||Leeds|
|Thurs 12th May||Palace Theatre||Newark|
|Fri 13th May||Royal Spa Centre||Leamington Spa|
|Sat 14th May||Maltings||Farnham|
|Sun 15th May||Octagon Theatre||Yeovil|
|Tue 17th May||St George’s||Bristol|
|Wed 18th May||The Brewhouse Theatre||Taunton|
|Thurs 19th May||Exmouth Pavilion||Exmouth|
|Sat 21st May||The Lighthouse||Poole|
|Sun 22nd May||Theatre Royal||Winchester|
|Mon 23rd May||Theatre Severn||Shrewsbury|
|Tue 24th May||The Elgiva||Chesham|
“Don’t miss them…” – The Independent