supplied by Barry French
Joe Knight… And still going
photos by Chris Meachen
Pete Fairless… I might have been there…
Alan Esdaile… I was and they were excellent.
Chris Meachen… I dragged their gear on, and announced them when they went on…
Paul Morfey… I was there, seen them loads of tlmes since!
Jim Breeds… I was there. I might have a ticket stub somewhere but not sure where. Saw them all over the place. Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Milton Keynes (yes, really), Folkestone, London and places I’ve forgotten. Lat time was Aylesbury in 2013, the night of my 60th birthday. Peter Knight’s final tour with them. Now I see Gigspanner whenever I can. Roll on The Stables in May.
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.
Thursday 14th December 2017 – St Mary In The Castle Hastings. Ticket info… http://www.spyboy.co.uk
Steeleye Span will be returning for their Winter Tour 2017 this November/December! Tour dates… http://steeleyespan.org.uk/tour/
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.
Steeleye Span’s not just a legendary name in British music but also a link to the classic days of rock and folk music. Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior – the voice of the band – leads a line-up featuring faces old and new.
“Maddy Prior…Still has the power to stir the hairs on the back of your neck” – The Press
Joe Knight… Great photo
This is an interesting site from ‘Spyboy’ who present folk, roots, blues and acoustic music at venues throughout East Sussex.
Ralph McTell and Steeleye Span coming to St Marys in The Castle?