Fast approaching their half-century, Steeleye Span are one of the best known bands in British folk music.
On their latest tour, which takes in Buxton Opera House on October 9 and Mansfield Palace Theatre on October 10, they will be treating fans to a preview of songs which will appear on their 50th anniversary album next year. Best known for the hits All Around My Hat and Gaudete, the folk-rock pioneers have since turned to dark stories of murder, honour killings, skulls and tormented spirits as inspiration for songs.
The present Steeleye line-up includes the legendary Maddy Prior (vocals) with long-term member Liam Genocky (drums), Julian Littman (guitar, keyboards), Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Jesse Mae Smart (violin), backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar) and Roger Carey (bass).
Photo by Peter Silver.