My Review of Steeleye Span – St.Mary In The Castle, Hastings – December 14th, 2017 by Sarah Harvey

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.

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Steeleye Span Winter Tour 2017

Thursday 14th December 2017 – St Mary In The Castle Hastings. Ticket info…

Steeleye Span will be returning for their Winter Tour 2017 this November/December!  Tour dates…

With their fiftieth anniversary approaching and a work rate to put many younger artists to shame, Steeleye Span (featuring their new seven-piece line up) return to the road for an extensive UK autumn tour in support of last year’s Dodgy Bastards album, their eighth album in twelve years. The show will also see them revisit their iconic debut album Hark! The Village Wait, one of the key records in folk rock history, and performed in full for the first time ever.

Lindisfarne – St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. Saturday 24 March 2018

Lindisfarne Saturday 24 March 2018 7.30pm St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.

The original Lindisfarne band finally called it a day in 2003, but are now back with a classic six-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements and Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm. With a repertoire of much-loved songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home and a reputation for live performance second to none, Lindifarne’s power to galvanise festival and concert audiences remains undimmed and is guaranteed to get you on your feet at St Mary in the Castle.
Lindisfarne 2017 is Rod Clements (1969-present) Vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitars. Dave Hull-Denholme (1994-present) Vocals, guitars. Steve Daggett (1986-present) Vocals, keyboards, guitars. Charlie Harcourt (1973-present) Guitar, vocals. Ian Thomson (1995-present) Bass : Paul Thompson (ex-Roxy Music) Drums.                 
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Alan Esdaile… MY favourite track is still Lady Eleanor

Joe Knight… Great band and time for Music! !!

Judith Hayward… Liam Loftus we need to go!

Paul Morfey… Dont miss this, just seen them at the New Day festival. Well worth revisting

Gavin Martin… Meet Me On The Corner, down near Pelham Square/ Bring Lady Eleanor and I will be there/We can swing together, all night long/Itll always be the season to sing Alun’s Winter song/

Liane Carroll – The Right to Love Album Launch with Big Band and Strings Saturday 22nd July 2017 St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.

The Right to Love Album Launch with Big Band and Strings Saturday 22nd July 2017 St Mary in the Castle, Hastings. Liane’s stunning new album ‘The Right To Love’ will be released later this year, and St Mary in the Castle has been chosen to host one of her three launch evenings!

Tickets and info……/2017-07-22-liane-carroll-the-ri…


Hastings Folk Fest – 2nd to 7th May 2017



Paul Dengate… Don’t forget the Hastings Folk Fest starts on the 2nd May, the day after the Jack In The Green procession. There is a major concert by Fairport Convention in St Mary In The Castle on the 6th May (promoted by Spyboy), plus free gigs and sessions in our favourite Old Town venues. for more info.

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Christmas Soul Party – St Mary In The Castle Hastings -Sat 10th Dec 2016 with The Jukes, The Kytes, Soul X Press and their 15 piece Blues Bro Show and Stax of Motown.


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In aid of St Michaels Hospice and Surviving Christmas – two very worthwhile charities. Features: THE JUKES – THE KYTES – SOUL X PRESS and their 15 piece Blues Bro Show and Stax of Motown. Doors open at 7pm. Advance tickets: £8.50 (includes booking fee) from Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Aquila House, Seafront, Hastings. Tickets on the door – £10 Great value for 5 hours of great live music from 4 live bands!

A Christmas 1960s Happening – Tuesday 22nd December 2015. In aid of Respond Academy & St Michael’s Hospice.

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Barry Taylor… Pete Brown accompanied this time by Malcolm Bruce, son of the legendary Jack Bruce of Cream fame. Pete performed a great set at BareFacedBlues on 4/10 and now he is accompanied by someone of extra special note! Buick 6 are also playing, the finest Delta-blues exponents in the UK these days. Peter O’Donnell is playing Bob Dylan songs…plus much more besides.

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1960s CHRISTMAS HAPPENING – DECEMBER 22, DOORS OPEN 7PM St Mary in the Castle, Hastings

in aid of St Michael’s Hospice and Respond Academy

Featuring both internationally known and up and coming performers, this 1960s Happening promises to be a groovy and eclectic musical mix, a fun-filled evening where live opera meets pop; and where talented young musicians at the start of their career get to perform alongside established artists and legends of the ‘60s.

Headlining the event on December 22nd at St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, are Cream lyricist Pete Brown and composer/multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Bruce, who will be performing classic songs from and about the 1960s, and three-piece delta blues band Buick 6.

Pete Brown co-wrote ‘60s hits including White Rooms, Sunshine Of Your Love, and I Feel Free, while Buick 6 comprises three of the UK’s finest musicians – Roger Hubbard on guitar/vocals, Colin Gibson on bass and Steeleye Span’s Liam Genockey on drums.

The 1960s Christmas Happening will be in several parts. Opening the evening will be talented young artists from Respond Academy performing songs from the era. Respond Academy is an alternative education and youth project based in St Leonard’s, enabling young people to gain new skills in music, media and the creative arts. There will also be performances from two talented young vocalists based in Lewes, Florence D’Haemer and Norina Dixon.

Then a short operetta The Telephone, by Gian Carlo Menotti- a romantic comedy performed on a stylish 1960’s set. It stars two young performers Czech singer Gabriela Bohacova and baritone Timothy Patrick. Gabriela began playing piano and singing in an opera group aged 5, and is now a versatile musical performer, while Timothy has performed with numerous opera companies. Frances Rayner (international prize-winner) will provide piano accompaniment.

The second part of the evening will feature live music from a range of artists including singer/songwriter Odette Michell (“…a smartly crafted blend of soulful narrative set against a backdrop of haunting folk/pop rhythms”- RealCity Magazine) who will perform ‘60s covers; The Locomotions, playing their second ever gig – ‘60s funk by The Meters and James Brown; Peter O’Donnell singing songs by Bob Dylan; and west-end performer Rachel McCarron with songs from 1960s musicals.

Headliners Buick 6 and then Pete Brown and Malcolm Bruce will close the evening.

More acts are still to be announced!

The show is directed by Mischa Frankel who is producing the event in partnership with St Mary in the Castle, and has many years of experience in fringe and mainstream theatre.

Michele Frankel is looking for anyone interested in taking to the stage during the intervals and talking about 1960’s memories. Anyone interested please let me know and I will pass on your details.


Christmas Soul Party – in aid of St Michael’s Hospice and Surviving Christmas 12th December 2015.


Mike Raxworthy… Christmas Soul Party – A great party in aid of St Michaels Hospice and Surviving Christmas – two fantastic charities that always need our help! Features 3 big bands: STAX of MOTOWN – SWING STREET – SOUL X PRESS and the BLUES BRO SHOW….5 hours of non-stop ‘live’ music.