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 and Peter Zorn along with old names su...ch as Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Harries, Bob Johnson and most recently Peter Knight.
2014 saw Steeleye Span emerging on another new exciting chapter. With the departure of fiddle player and long-standing member Peter Knight the band introduce Jessie May Smart., Jessie is a young, vibrant talent who trained with Richard Ireland at Trinity College of Music before going onto The University of Nottingham and who’s CV includes working on The X Factor and with Katie Melua.
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. Steeleye look forward to continuing this story through out 2015.