Steeleye Span, Winter 2017 UK TourNews
James H Soars Media Services press release ...
Steeleye Span, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior, are fast approaching their 50th anniversary, with a work rate to put many younger artists to shame. The bands' eighth album in twelve years - 2016's Dodgy Bastards - saw them return to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound. Dodgy Bastards saw the folk-rock pioneers continue drawing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirit. They once more create an inspired and dark take on the music of the British Isles.
Steeleye follow Dodgy Bastards up with a UK tour which sees them introduce a new seven-piece line up. Roger Carey joining on bass and Benji Kirkpatrick adding bouzouki, acoustic guitar and vocals. The Band revisit the record that began their career. Released in 1970, Hark! The Village Wait not only introduced the band to the world but also played a vital part in the history of folk rock, helping kick-start a sound that would come to define British traditional music over the following years.
Featuring a number of songs that have become part of the Steeleye legend, the group have revisited moments on stage and in the studio before, but on these dates, they will play "Hark!" in its entirety for the first time - bringing together the past, present and future of this famous band.
Steeleye Span will play a special show in the company of two of their musical contemporaries - Acoustic Strawbs, the trio led by founder Dave Cousins that bring a fresh approach to the band's extensive catalogue and Pentangle's Jacqui McShee, an icon of folk and jazz.
They are playing: Sunday 17th December, Warwick Arts Centre, Butterworth Hall
Doors: 19:30 Tickets: £31.50 / £29.50 / £27.50