Legendary folk band heading to region for latest concert

Legendary folk/rock pioneers Steeleye Span are preparing to entertain fans at a concert in Whitley Bay.

By David Sedgwick
Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 3:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 3:17 pm
Steeleye Span.
Steeleye Span.

1970 would prove to be a vintage year for music and the start of an era that would change the world.

For Steeleye Span – formed the year before – it would mark a major milestone.

The band released their debut album Hark The Village Wait, a record that would not only launch one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond but also come to influence further generations of artists.

Five decades on and the band, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and with a seven piece line-up featuring some of the most skilled musicians on the UK folk scene, their 50th anniversary tour will be a celebration of the key tracks from that famous album as well as favourites and gems from their long and famous career.

The present Steeleye line-up is The Legendary Maddy Prior (vocals), with long term member Liam Genockey (drums), Julian Littman,(guitar/keyboards and vocals) Andrew Sinclair (guitar), Violeta Vicci (violin and backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar and backing vocals) and Roger Carey (bass).

When it comes to an album to mark Steeleye Span’s fiftieth anniversary, EST’D 1969 is a collection of songs that perfectly captures not only the band’s history but the spirit of the 2019 model.

The performance is on Sunday, October 3 at the Playhouse Whitley Bay. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £25.95 and available from the Box Office on 0844 248 1588.