photo: Sarah Harvey
It was always going to be difficult job for me doing an objective review of Steeleye Span’s concert at Hastings during their 2017 tour. Having one of my dearest and longest friends from childhood days playing bass and me being responsible for dragging him over to the Eastbourne Congress Theatre in 1974 to see them for the first time, it was indeed a incredible thrill for me to see him play with them on a tour. I could have never ever imagined all those years ago that I would be sitting in the audience watching him playing with them.
So with my warning of bias well and truly out in the open, I will have a go at objectivity.
I saw Steeleye Span a year ago when Rik Kemp was playing bass. That concert was very much based around the new album ‘Dodgy Bastards’, which at that time was yet to be released. I am not a mad fan of folk music but have always been a fan of Steeleye Span since they have always managed to create a such a rich blend of folk and my first love of Progressive Rock. Dodgy Bastards was very much towards the latter and clearly showed a big influence of the newer and relatively younger members of the band.