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.
The end of October 2014 saw the release of a deluxe version of their album “Wintersmith in collaboration with Sir Terry Pratchett” with an extra CD including 4 new studio tracks. A record that delighted long time fans, introduced them to a new audience and broke new creative ground, Wintersmith is a key chapter in the Steeleye Span story. This new complete version captures a band at their best. From beauty (‘The Making of A Man’), to menace (‘Dance the Dark Morris’) and all emotional points in-between, Wintersmith is a record that finds this veteran band exploring a vital new chapter both on record and Live.
2015 has been a busy year for Steeleye Span. Which saw them take in dates in the UK. Belgium, Holland, Spain. Canada and the USA . A short break before the Autumn tour taking them back to Holland and Belgium before kicking off their UK tour to finish the year.
Weds 9th Dec.. Corn Exchange, Grand Hall, King St. Ipswich IP1 1DH.
Doors: 7pm. Tickets. £23.50 Ticket Office: 01473 433100