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Steeleye Span

9th Dec 2017 @ 20:00


Formed in the summer of 1969, Steeleye Span have transported the everyday music of the people into the world of stadium gigs and gold discs.

They quickly became the most influential name in British roots music with their pioneering folk-rock sounds changing the face of traditional music for ever.

Over the decades, the band has seen many changes of personnel but has always featured great musicians with the likes of Ashley Hutchings, Bob Johnson, Dave Mattacks, Gay & Terry Woods, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Carthy, Nigel Pegrum, Pete Zorn, Peter Knight, Tim Hart etc., all passing through the ranks.

The current line-up sees the inimitable MADDY PRIOR on vocals, being a founder member along with Ashley Hutchings and now back in the fold after leaving to pursue a solo career and being the unmistakeable voice of their huge hits “All Around My Hat” and “Gaudete”

Bassist RICK KEMP has been a mainstay since 1972 after being acclaimed for his work with Michael Chapman and turning down an offer to join King Crimson.

Dublin born drummer LIAM GENOCKEY joined the band in 1989 after performing alongside the likes of John Martyn, Gillan and Kevin Ayers.

Lead guitarist JULIAN LITTMAN has performed with such luminaries as Gerry Rafferty, Charlie Dore, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Sister Sledge and Philip Bailey.

Violinist JESSIE MAY SMART is a classically trained musician who has played all over the world, touring with Katie Melua and appearing on TV shows such as X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and Royal Variety Performance.

Guitarist ANDREW “SPUD” SINCLAIR  became the newest member of the band, joining in 2015 after collaborations with Rick Kemp and playing with various bands and teaching “Kids how to rock!”

Steeleye Span have recorded 31 albums working with Ian Anderson and Mike Batt along they way and even featuring recordings with David Bowie on saxophone and Peter Sellers on ukulele!

This is a really rare chance to see one of the most influential bands of all time in an intimate setting!


9th Dec 2017
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Frome, BA11 1BE
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