News Page

 19th. July. 2014 

Maddy Prior to receive Honorary Fellowship in Cumbria

Gold Badge award for Maddy Prior

 16th. May. 2014 

NEW!!!

STEELEYE SPAN OFFICIAL WEBSITE

http://steeleyespan.org.uk/

25th. Feb. 2014

Steeleye Span 
are the headline band at 
Maddy Prior’s Stepping Stones Festival 
on 13th-14th June 2014
Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle Cumbria.

Jessie May Smart will debut as the new Steeleye fiddler.

6th. Feb. 2014

For all live dates in 2014 violinist Jessie May Smart will be replacing Peter Knight In Steeleye.

 

30th. Dec. 2013

      

WINTERSMITH, the latest album from Steeleye Span has been nominated as one of Hairy Dave's albums of the year. Hairy Dave broadcasts a Folk and Country show every Tues night at 8pm. UK time on Eden FM Community Radio. At least one track will be played on his 'Review of the Year' show on Dec. 31st. 2013 at 8pm.

 

13th. Nov. 2013 

Very sad news

Peter Knight will be leaving Steeleye at the end of the 2013 Winter Tour

We wish Peter all the best with Gigspanner and all his future projects but Steeleye won't be the same without him.

25th. Oct. 2013 

 

  7th. Oct. 2013 

STEELEYE SPAN WINTERSMITH TRALER FROM PARK RECORDS

  19th. July. 2013 

In the mid 1970s Steeleye did a comedy radio play for BBC Radio 1.

Never to be repeated ....... until now that is!

You can now hear it again as part of the Jonathan Taylor Radio show on YouTube.

To hear Jonathan's (who is Bob Johnson's cousin by the way) show, follow this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot-cMdbWQx0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUEiAbKogV4kodg_TazlCWug

27th. May. 2013  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PETER KNIGHT

27th. March. 2013  

Peter Knight has a great new CD out for the 
SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST

'COBWEB, MOTH and MUSTARDSEED'

You can get your own copy from:-

http://www.peterknight.net/shop.html

 

23rd. Jan. 2013

PETER KNIGHT WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES 2013

FRANCE
1st, to 8th. June 2013
Limousin, France

UK
20th. & 21st. July 2013
The Cotswolds, UK

Information at:-
www.peterknight.net

or

07974 842950

21st. Aug. 2012

FESTIVAL NEWS

STEELEYE PLAY MOSELEY FOLK FESTIVAL

Sunday 2nd, Sept. 2012

moseleyfolk.co.uk

1st. Aug. 2012

New Steeleye Concert date for 2012

PALACE THEATRE NEWARK, NOTTS.

1st Sept. 2012

Box office: 01636 655755

27th. May. 2012

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PETER!!

PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS  BATES

25th. Nov. 2011

New album from Steeleye

'NOW WE ARE SIX - AGAIN'

Even with a career that has brought us an incredible twenty-one studio albums, British folk legends Steeleye Span’s history still includes a number of records that stand out as landmarks. 1974’s Now We Are Six was one such moment, an album that saw the band expand both their line up to a six piece and with it their sound to explore even further their own unique blend of rock and folk music. A critical and commercial success, the record would provide a home to a number of band classics down the years. Thirty-seven years later and Steeleye Span find themselves at another milestone. Having established the longest serving line-up of their career, they underwent another change of personnel and re-emerged as a six piece for the first time in many years. There could be no better time to go back to that iconic record, performing it in its entirety alongside a selection of classics, rarities and favourites. The result was moments of pure Steeleye magic, captured for posterity here...


CD1
1.Seven Hundred Elves
2.Drink Down The Moon
3.Now We Are Six
4.Thomas The Rhymer
5.The Mooncoin Jig (instrumental)
6.Edwin
7.Long-A-Growing
8.Two Magicians
9.Twinkle Little Star
10.To Know Him Is To Love Him
Bonus CD2
1.Just As The Tide
2.Let Her Go Down
3.Edward
4.Two Constant Lovers
5.Prince Charlie Stewart
6.Cam Ye O'er Frae France
7.Creeping Jane
8.Cold Haily, Windy Night
9.Bonny Black Hare
10.All Around My Hat
11.Gaudete

Thanks to Wil Tirion

Thanks to Park Records

18th. Sept. 2011

Emma Hartley interview's Peter Knight

http://theglamourcave.blogspot.com/2011/09/peter-knight-on-wombles-jazz-and-terry.html

13th. Aug. 2011

STEELEYE SPAN

THE BONNY BLACK HARE 'LIVE'

 

Thanks to Park Records

8th. Aug. 2011

PETER KNIGHT'S GIGSPANNER

'Doors at Eight' 

NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD

FROM CDBABY 

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/gigspanner

27th. April. 2011

Peter Knight's Gigspanner's new album

'Doors at Eight' 


is now available to buy online.

get yours here:- www.peterknight.net/sales.htm

GIG DATES

2nd. April. 2011

PETER KNIGHT'S GIGSPANNER

now on

REVERBNATION

http://www.reverbnation.com/peterknightsgigspanner

 

GIGSPANNER OFFICIAL SITE

PETER KNIGHT OFFICIAL SITE

19th. March. 2011

Steeleye Span 2011 Spring Tour.

With a career that has taken in an astounding six decades, Steeleye Span are 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.

This being Steeleye Span, however, nothing stays the same forever and the band approach their 2011 tour with not one but two new members. Joining Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp and Liam Genockey are guitarist Julian Littman and multi-instrumentalist Pete Zorn. Now playing as a six piece for the first time in many years, Steeleye Span have chosen this tour to revisit one of their most iconic albums, Now We Are Six – playing the record in its entirety to open the show. Expect to hear many of the familiar classics next to gems both old and new, all delivered with a burning passion and unrivalled experience.

CLICK HERE FOR DATES


Park Promotions LTD
P O Box 651 Oxford
 Tel 01865 241717    
Fax 01865 204556
www.parkrecords.com
www.parkpromotions.com

25

STEELEYE SPAN

to play at the Chippenham Folk Festival on Monday the 30th of May.
www.chippfolk.co.uk/

Thanks to the Peter Knight Website

6th. Feb. 2011

A PETER KNIGHT MUSIC MASTERCLASS IN SOUTH WEST FRANCE

Les Soeurs Anglaises

Situated in the heart of the Dordogne countryside, 
with its sublime scenery, cafes and bistros, 
charming villages and hamlets and fabulous food.

1ST TO 6TH SEPTEMBER 2011

CLICK HERE FOR MASTERCLASS INFORMATION

BOOKING INFO

31st. Dec. 2010

Julian Littman on electric guitars and Pete Zorn on acoustic guitars will be part of the new line-up for Steeleye on the Spring concert tour.

Thanks to Barry Howard for the information

5th. Sept. 2010

Workshops and Masterclasses with Peter Knight

Saturday June 11th and and Sunday June 12th 2011

BOOKING & INFORMATION.

22nd. June. 2010

KEN NICOL LEAVES STEELEYE SPAN

http://folkcasters.blogspot.com/

JUNE EDITION OF FOLKCAST

Thanks to Barry Howard of TalkAwhile for the information

30th. May. 2010

A Great new album from Rick Kemp.

FANFARE

RKCD04

27th. May. 2010

           HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEN AND PETER!

 

7th. May. 2010

Peter Knight will be talking to Richard Digance on BBC Radio Devon, as part of a two hour special on Sunday the 16th of May at 5.00pm

 available on iplayer at:-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p007s581/Richard_Digances_Devon_Folk_Peter_Knight_Steeleye_Span/


For more information on Richard's eclectic Folk/Roots program click the link
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007h3v0

Thanks to the Peter Knight Website

22nd. April. 2010

Steeleye Span 1995 with Tim Hart - John Barleycorn


Archive footage from 1995 of Steeleye Span with Tim
Hart
at the Forum in London.
.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ParkRecords

Thanks to Park Records for the information

25th. Feb,. 2010

Whilst on tour promoting their new album release 'Copper, Russet and Gold', 
Ashley and Ken popped in to visit Park HQ. where their performance was filmed

Here is the link to the Park Records Youtube channel.
http://www.youtube.com/user/ParkRecords

Thanks to Park Records for the information

21st. Feb,. 2010

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING THE

KEN NICOL & ASHLEY HUTCHINGS GIG
AT THE REDGRAVE IN BRISTOL ON 26th. FEB.

The phone number was supplied incorrectly. The Correct number is 0117 922 3686 the correct email address is http://www.colstonhall.org/boxoffice/outside-ticketing 

The Colston Hall is another venue in Bristol that acts as box office agent for the Redgrave.

Thanks to David Fells for the information

7th. Feb,. 2010

New Album for Park Records.

COPPER, RUSSET & GOLD

Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol’s first time collaboration. Copper, Russet and Gold. Comprised of all original compositions that delve into the pairings’ rich musical history. The expected folk feel is certainly there, but also mixed with splashes of jazz, blues and rock. Lyrically too the record is a varied experience with tales of Old England, the misery of supporting a doomed football team, Sir Francis Drake, GIs in World War II Britain and the beauty of Paris. Nicol and Hutchings have made a record that glows with warmth, genuine character and charm.
 
Tracks
1. I am Prologue
2. The Five-barred Gate
3. Busy Street
4. Wink Of An eye
5. Down, Down, Down
6. What God Am I?
7. Never The Same Again
8. Sleeveless Errands
9. Drake Went Bowling
10. Copper, Russet And Gold
11. Raggle-taggle Lad
12. I am Epilogue

Thanks to Park Records for the information

You can preview one track on the park records myspace site
www.myspace.com/parkrecordslabel

 

4th. Feb,. 2010

CONGRATULATIONS TO 

PETER KNIGHT

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

IN THE HANCOCK AWARDS 2010

at the

TALKAWHILE - The Folk Corporation Forum

Steeleye Span were joint second with The Oyster Band for Best Live Act
'Two Constant Lovers' from 'Cog's, Wheels and Lovers' was third in the Best Trad. Track Category

24th. Dec. 2009

It is with great sadness that I must report on the passing of

TIM HART

1948 - 2009

The Guardian Obituary

22nd. Dec. 2009

The greatly sort after Nursery Rhyme albums by

TIM HART

will soon be available again as a double CD from

PARK RECORDS

To pre-order/order click.

HERE

12th. Oct. 2009

New Steeleye Interviews on 

Folk Alley‏

Maddy Prior - Peter Knight

Follow the link

http://www.folkalley.com/music/extras/steeleye-span

Thanks to Chris Boros

26th. Sept. 2009

Cogs, Wheels And Lovers

A brand new Steeleye Span album 
to be released on 26th October

TRACK LIST

  1. Rounding the Horn (The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite)
  2. Locks and Bolts
  3. Just as the Tide
  4. Two Constant Lovers
  5. Madam will you Walk
  6. The Machiner's Song
  7. The Unquiet Grave
  8. Creeping Jane
  9. Ranzo
  10. Our Captain Cried
  11. Thornaby Wood
 

Thanks to Wil Tirion for the information.

25th. Sept. 2009

A Parcel of Steeleye Span

The first five Chrysalis Albums between 1972 to 1975
will be released as a CD box set entitled
'A Parcel of Steeleye Span'
on October 12th.

23rd. June. 2009

Rock Salt and Nails 

Have a new single out 0n 29th June.

 Volley Highway


The new single, 'Volley Highway', provides a musical backdrop to this
year's Wimbledon Championships; it's the people's song for Murray's Mount.
PRKCD105

Check out the video on the Park Records youtube page
link through from the Park records website.

Link from Park front page.

Thanks to Park Records for the information

20th. April. 2009  

STEELEYE SPAN

 'LIVE AT A DISTANCE'

New Double CD & Bonus DVD pack

Two CDs and a DVD to celebrate their entire career.

In a world where bands come and go in the blink of an eye, the enduring success of Steeleye Span is one of the great stories in rock music. 2009 will see them celebrate an incredible forty years together, an achievement made all the more remarkable by the fact that the band has seldom been more active in its career.
At a period in their career when most bands are happy to settle down to rehashing past glories, Steeleye Span have pushed on with a succession of acclaimed albums, each seeing them re-define their classic sound.

Official release date 1st June, although will be available from Park around 24th April.

The pack can be pre-order online at www.parkrecords.com or over the phone direct on 01865 241717, now!

 

The Tracks:

CD Tracklist:


Set 1

Who's the fool now?
When I was on horseback
Two magicians
The Neck Belly Reel (Instrumental)
Lovely on the water
Ned Ludd
Gone to America
Seagull
Lord Elgin

Set 2

Saucy sailor
The weaver and the factory maid
Royal forester
The blacksmith
Edward
The three sisters
I live not where I love
Bonny black hare
Hard times of old England
First house in Connaught/The woman of the house
The song will remain

Bonus DVD

Who's the fool now?
Seagull
The dreamer and the widow
Today in Bethlehem
Edward
Bonny black hare
Ned Ludd
First house in Connaught/The woman of the house
The unconquered sun
Betsey Bell and Mary Gray
Lord Elgin
The three sisters
Royal forester
The song will remain

Thanks to Deborah Walker for the information.

18th. April. 2009  

Steeleye Span - Special Celebratory Show

Steeleye Span will continue to celebrate their 40th year Anniversary with a very special Celebratory show at the Barbican Centre in London.

Guests so far confirmed are Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick, with more to be announced soon.

Tickets can be purchased now from 0207 6388891 or online at www.barbican.org.uk, from £10 - £25

Thanks to Park Records for the information

17th. April. 2009  

Steeleye Span to join Jethro Tull for 'Doncaster Rocks'


Steeleye Span are to join Jethro Tull for the  'Doncaster Rocks' Festival.

Held on the 25th July 2009, at the Doncaster Dome, the indoor festival runs from 3-11pm, with further guests to still be announced.

Tickets are currently being sold at an 'Early Bird' price of £29.00.

Local residents, with a Doncaster postcode' can also purchase tickets at a special rate of £25.00 (for the first 1,000 tickets only)..

 
Date Venue Location Box Office Tel. Box Office Web
25 July 2009 Doncaster Dome Doncaster 01472 349222 Box Office

Thanks to Park Records for the information

16th. April. 2009   

The second part of Maddy Prior's interview with Mandy Morton is now
 available to stream from the Park Records website at

 www.parkrecords.com

Thanks to Park Records for the information

Ken Nicol will be the guest tutor at a three day residential guitar workshop
at Waunifor West Wales

To book and further information contact Tony Proto at:-

tonyfproto@btconnect.com

01559 395 550

Thanks to the Ken Nicol web site

29th. March. 2009

Due to illness, Rick Kemp will not be touring with Steeleye

His place will be taken by Pete Zorn

Thanks to Peter Knight for the information.

25th. March. 2009

For more information visit Peter's web site at :-

http://www.peterknight.net/masterclass.htm

Thanks to the Peter Knight Official Web Site

http://www.peterknight.net/

15th. November. 2008

STEELEYE SPAN - ELECTRIC FOLK

On Friday 21st. November BBC4 will be showing a repeat of Maddy Prior at the Electric Proms at 10.00pm. followed by an episode from Steeleye Span's Electric Folk series. This one from Penshurt Place in Kent.

As far as I know this Electric Folk show hasn't been shown since first broadcast in the 1970's. 

A must see for all Spanners I think.

Thanks to Siobhan Nelson for the information.

31st. October. 2008

The second part of the brand new Peter Knight Interview is now available!


photo:- Chris Bates

TO VIEW - CLICK HERE

Thanks to Peter Knight!

28th. October. 2008

The eagerly awaited album from Peter Knight's Gigspanner is now available to order



'Lipreading the Poet' 

will be released on the 5th of November.

To pre-order visit:-
http://www.peterknight.net/sales.htm

Thanks to the Peter Knight Official Web Site

http://www.peterknight.net/

27th. October. 2008

Mandyleigh Storm

Liam Genockey and Tim Harries recorded an album with Mandyleigh Storm on November 2007, live at Dean St Studios, Soho, London. Produced by Mick Glossop (Van Morrison, Frank Zappa, The Waterboys etc), and also featured Johnny Scott (Van Morrison) on guitar, and James Lascelles (Frank Zappa) on Hammond, mini-moog, piano, hammered dulcimer and percussion.

3 FREE MP3s from "Fire & Snow"

www.sellaband.com/shop/artist/mandyleigh/#downloads

www.mandyleigh.com


Thanks to Gary for the information.

16th. October. 2008

The first part of a brand new Peter Knight Interview!


photo:- Chris Bates

TO VIEW - CLICK HERE

Part 2 coming soon!

Thanks to Peter Knight!

12th. October. 2008

MADDY PRIOR ELECTRIC PROMS UPDATE

Maddy Prior will be appearing on BBC4TV
You may be able to get the show on the BBC I Player even if you cant get
BBC4TV
It's to be broadcast on the 24th October at about 10.30pm

It will be a great show with guest spots from Tim Hart and June Tabor.
Not to be missed.!


Press release

Maddy Prior to play BBC Electric Proms

Cecil Sharp House, London - 23rd October 2008

Steeleye Span's Maddy Prior is taking part in the BBC Electric Proms,playing her critically acclaimed album  'Seven for Old England' in a special show at Cecil Sharp House. Joining Maddy will be daughter Rose Kemp and friends & collaborators June Tabor and Tim Hart.

The festival - dedicated to creating new moments in music is an exciting show for Maddy, following a string of UK dates throughout October. Outside of being a founder and current member of legendary folk-rock pioneers, Steeleye Span, Maddy has built a solo career that has made increasing use
of modern studio technology to create a musical landscape that is both familiar and challenging. In her work with the Carnival Band she has found herself performing alongside a range of medieval and unusual instruments. As a writer too, Maddy has continued to explore new ground. Always inspired by the myths and legends of the British Isles, she has combined both traditional numbers with her own interpretation and increasingly complex song cycles. In short, for one of the voices of folk music it has been a long, long time since Maddy Prior has made a traditional, acoustic 'folk' album. Until now that is. Maddy's new traditional, acoustic album, which she will be touring in October including the Electric Proms concert, has met great critical acclaim; Having ensconced herself in Cecil Sharpe House in London, working through the vast archive of traditional material, this has grown into a project that sees Maddy both looking forward to a new exciting chapter as well as revisiting her very earliest days in music.

This work is perhaps part of a creative journey for Maddy, who has spent the past few years exploring even more avenues for her incredible talents. Part of that process has been the development of Stones Barn in the part of the Scottish borders that she calls home. A magical place set in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside, Maddy and her team offer a range of courses from singing to eco-poetry, as well as meditative retreats. Away from the peace of Stones Barn, Maddy has also undertaken a number of charity treks in aid of Cancer Research - so far including Peru, Lapland (dog sledding), Ethiopia, South Africa (the Cederburg Mountains) and Everest Base Camp. This year's trek will take her to Mustang, next to Tibet.

So an astonishing career has come full circle. One of the world's purest, most magical vocalists can finally be being heard in her most natural form, singing the songs that have inspired her and generations of singers before her. While the new generation has taken the mantle of acoustic troubadours and made it their own, this is an opportunity to hear one of the originators at the peak of her powers.

Tickets for the Electric Proms concert at Cecil Sharp House are £11.00 plus
booking fee of £4.60 and are available from
http://www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms/2008/artists/maddyprior/

Thanks to PARK RECORDS

25th. September. 2008

There will be a broadcast and interview with Peter Knight and Trevor Watts on the 6th October, Radio 3 on 'Jazz on 3'. The broadcast time is 23.15 to 01.00 hours.

Thanks to Deborah Walker.

24th. September. 2008

As part of the BBC Electric Proms, Maddy Prior will play Cecil Sharp House alongside daughter Rose Kemp and friends June Tabor and Tim Hart.

The concert, as part of the festival dedicated to creating new moments in music, will be an exciting concert for Maddy, with her performing tracks from her highly reviewed new album, 'Seven for Old England'.

With special guest appearances from Rose, June and Tim this is certainly a concert not to be missed!

The concert takes place on 23rd October 2008 at Cecil Sharp House, London.

Tickets are £15.80 each and are available through the following link
http://www.bbc.co.uk/electricproms/2008/artists/maddyprior

Thanks to Mark Edward Askren

17th. September. 2008

THE GATHERING

Rick Kemp will be on tour in October and November with THE GATHERING

For more information check out their MySpace page at:-

www.myspace.com/thegatheringonline

Thank s to Ulla Hilger for the information

16th. September. 2008

PARK RECORDS have been given the first part of a radio program documentary that
went out on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire earlier this year.

Maddy Prior - "The Eclectic Light Show"
The 1st Part of BBC documentary, "The Eclectic Light Show"


If you click through from the park front page
www.parkrecords.com
and then go on to Film and Radio tab you will find the program and with
luck be able to stream it to your PC

I
PARK are also doing a give-away of Maddys classic album "Flesh and Blood" on CD
with any CD or DVD order from 
www.parkrecords.com 
has to be a Park Records
Label item....One CD per Address
Until September 30th.

Thanks to Park Records for the information.

19th. August. 2008

Musicians Masterclass with Peter Knight
September 13th and 14th 2008

There are still a couple of spaces available for any latecomers who may have been thinking about attending this stimulating event.

Information can be found at: http://www.peterknight.net/masterclass.htm

If you have any questions whatsoever about any aspect of this course, please call Deborah on 07974 842950. You can seek help on anything  from course suitability to Accommodation.

13th. June. 2008

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

There was a two part Maddy Prior Special, broadcast on  BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and is still on-line until Wed. 18th at:-
www.bbc.co.uk/cambridgeshire
 
It's a very warm and candid conversation between Maddy and Mandy Morton, mixed with music, and it's available as a listen again feature until next Wednesday by going to the website above and clicking on Listen Again, then Eclectic Light Show; the feature lasts an hour and is in the second half of the programme. 

Part two of the documentary is next Wednesday at 7pm, and then available again for another week on listen again.

Thanks to NICOLA UPSON for the information.

 

9th. May. 2008

SPANFEST 2008

26th July 2008 at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire


For anyone who is thinking of attending Spanfest, but would need to Camp, this link is for you! Please do respond if this facility would help
http://www.spanfest.com/news.php

Park are currently looking into the possibility of providing camping facilities for this
years Spanfest Folk Day.

It would be a huge help however, if they can gain an idea of numbers etc.
If camping facilities would encourage you to attend the event on 26th July, please send an email to

 info@parkrecords.com 
with your name, address, phone number and email address and we will contact you as soon as we have any further news regarding this issue.
Please put 'SPANFEST CAMPING' as the subject of the email.

Park Promotions

24th. April. 2008


Don't forget Ken Nicol's "behind the scenes" podcasts (some audio and some video) of The Steeleye Span Spring tour.

 Steeleye are now touring and you can catch all of the podcasts from the Folkcast web site at:-

http://www.folkcast.co.uk

18th. April. 2008

SPANFEST CHANGE OF VENUE

Spanfest will now be held at the following venue

Spanfest Folk Day on 26th July 2008 at Stanford Hall, Leicestershire

Ticket Prices are as follows:
Adult Ticket - £29.00 before 1st June
Children 13 to 16 years old - £14.50
Children under 12 - 10 pence

Confirmed acts so far:
Steeleye Span
Maddy Prior
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Whapweasel

More special guests to be announced soon...

Gates Open at 2.00pm
Main Stage Event begins at £4.00pm

http://www.spanfest.com/

6th. April. 2008


Ken Nicol will be producing a series of "behind the scenes" podcasts as Steeleye rehearse and then tour in England and Wales over the next couple of months.


The first episode - an introduction to the podcast - is online now at:- http://www.folkcast.co.uk/ken/diaryindex.html 
and listeners can subscribe to the show for free by using a podcatcher (iTunes or similar) and using this URL:-
 http://www.folkcast.co.uk/ken/kendiary.rss so that
they get future episodes of the podcast automatically.

FolkCast - Our Finger In Your Ear! UK's premier folk music Podcast with thousands of listeners all over the world
http://www.folkcast.co.uk

Thanks to Phil Widdows for the information

23rd. March. 2008

Workshops and Masterclasses with Peter Knight

For booking instructions and more information of this rare and exciting event please visit Peter's web page at:

http://www.peterknight.net/masterclass.htm

22nd. March. 2008

GIGSPANNER

Peter Knight - with Roger Flack & Vincent Salzfaas

Gigspanner have a new web site at:-

http://www.peterknight.net/gigspanner.htm

10th. March. 2008

Maddy Prior is on BBC Radio 2 every day this week (10th to 14th. March) on The Ken
Bruce Show
choosing the 'Tracks of Her Years' .

You can listen again via the web site link below

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/bruce/

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

22nd. Feb. 2008

Ken Nicol has a brand new album

'INITIAL VARIATIONS'

Available now

Initial Variations

Ken's new album Initial Variations is now available. This latest piece of work is totally instrumental, and though it features mainly steel strung acoustic guitar it also includes the sound of the classical guitar, dobro, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and even a touch of electric guitar

Album available from 
KEN NICOL'S ONLINE MUSIC STORE

For further information visit Ken's Web Site
www.kennicol.co.uk/info.htm

Thanks to Ken Nicol for the information

4th. Jan. 2008

VOTE FOR STEELEYE SPAN IN THE FUTURE ROCK HALL OF FAME

4th. Jan. 2008

A Charity Compilation CD

You Must Be Barking

© 2007 Otaku Studios (634479697951) (format: CD-R)

PAN-CONTINENTAL MUSICIANS UNITE FOR THE BSAPP

Fully endorsed by Judy Dyble, this fine collection of traditional and contemporary acoustic musings is guaranteed to bring you, the listener, much happiness and help US raise much needed funds for our Buy A Brick Appeal. This collection, from accomplished names spanning 2 continents is a must buy. ‘You Must Be Barking - Vol 1’ includes contributions from names such as, The Cosmic Voices, Shaun T Hunter, Al Dickinson. Linda Watkins, Roger Davies, Soliloquise, Cynthia Bennett, Andrey Hirkiy, Hollis Robinson, Tim Moon, Chris & Siobhan Nelson, Jessica Lombard, Circus Envy Band and Jonathan Taylor. It is a strictly limited addition, just 2000 copies. You cannot purchase this collection anywhere else AND the artists concerned are donating ALL FUNDS raised from its sale to us, The Bulgarian Society for Animal Protection and Preservation. www.bulgariadogs.com

Read Judy’s endorsement below:

Yes, I know there are hundreds, if not thousands of animal rescue charities through out the world and yes, I know that they all have a million heart-breaking and heart-warming stories to tell, and yes, I know they all need money to continue their work. So why have I chosen to endorse this charity, the BSAPP, instead of any of the others? Well I haven’t. I am just aware that every time a tiny bit of money goes to any one of these charities then that is one more animal helped. And so… right now…it’s this one. All the money from this CD will go to help Dr Stoyanov and his team to re-build his Animal rescue Centre. It will only take 2000 copies to be sold, (actually 1999 because I’m buying one) and all the money will be raised. Shouldn’t take much more than a few minutes to do that, now should it? And what fabulous contributions are on it, all unique and rare. I am delighted to be able to be a small part of this wonderful idea.

Judy Dyble - ex Fairport Convention

This compilation was organised by Jonathan Taylor.

Jonathan Taylor is the Great Grandson of soprano singer and early recording pioneer Rebecca Johnson (nee Reece), Grandson of Ivy (nee Johnson) Usher (a play anything by ear Pianist) and a Cousin of Robert (Bob) Johnson - Steeleye Span (Though they have met just the once.) My first band ‘Peach’ 'he says, (Abergavenny) worked without drums but added Saxophone for depth.' ‘Up here (Halifax), I formed the original line up of ‘Waving Not Drowning’ with Anna (got some good press and released an independent 12") and afterwards formed ‘The Atom Arc Landslide’ with David. Then John and I, as ‘Cali’, worked on some traditional South American stuff too.’ He now travels and works solo. 'It's so much easier' he laughs! He has appeared on Independent Television and BBC / Worldwide radio. His youth-work CV has included work with Toyah Wilcox (Courtesy of BBC Manchester.) Debut - The Collection ( A best off from the first 3 albums) is sold to raise money for the BSAPP, Bulgaria.

AVAILABLE NOW FROM CD BABY

29th. Dec. 2007

NEW

KEN NICOL'S ONLINE MUSIC STORE

Ken now has an online music store at:-
 www.kennicolmusic.com 

At the moment it is mainly Ken's solo CDs, and guitar instruction books, DVDs, etc. But before too long there will be instruments and accessories also.

 Take a look . . .

Thanks to Ken Nicol for the information

17th. Dec. 2007

NEARLY TWO HOURS OF STEELEYE SPAN ON THE RADIO

PHOENIX RADIO 96.7 FM

' To Set the Beacon Alight with the Sound of Radio'



Jonathan Taylor & Nigel Patterson, every second Sunday 10am - 12pm

'Now't So Queer As Folk'

Local Radio in Calderdale, West Yorkshire

A 2 hour STEELEYE SPAN Special broadcast on Sunday 23rd December

Don't worry if you aren't in the catchment area you can listen to it NOW at:-
www.thisisjonathantaylor.com/Links.htm


It includes a very rare radio play by Steeleye from BBC Radio 1

THANKS TO JONATHAN TAYLOR

11th. Dec. 2007

Kentwell Hall
Long Melford
Suffolk
CO10 9BA

Telephone: 01865 241717

http://www.spanfest.com

2nd. Dec. 2007.

December FolkCast out now

The December edition of FolkCast is out now, and we're looking back over the year and picking out a few of our favourite artists from 2007, playing new songs from each of them. Also available is an interview with Ashley Hutchings, who tells us about the latest - and last - of his acclaimed Morris On albums: The Mother Of All Morris. Download the shows for free from 

www.folkcast.co.uk.

27th. Nov. 2007.

PARK RECORDS 
has added
Maddy's new Carnival Band album, Ringing the Changes, to its catalogue 

and the new single,

 available for download. 

Thanks to Mark Edward Askren for the information

24th. Nov. 2007.

Maddy Prior guested on the Stuart Maconie show (BBC Radio 2) on Sat. 24th. Nov. 

You can still get to hear it for a few days from the BBC website at:-
www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/shows/maconie/

The new single 'Stuff'  with The Carnival Band and Terry Jones was played. 

It would be great to let Stuart know if you enjoyed hearing Maddy and the new single on the radio.

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

5th. Nov. 2007.

PETER KNIGHT IS THE TALKAWHILE GUEST FOR THE MONTH (NOV.)

Thanks to Deborah Walker and Joellen Robinson for the information.

2nd. Nov. 2007.

'THE GATHERING'
(Rick Kemp)

MySpace page and tour dates.

Thanks to Ulla Hilger for the information.

22nd. Aug. 2007.

STEELEYE SPAN now has  it's own section as part of the excellent Talkawhile forum.

 The web address is 
http://www.talkawhile.co.uk/

Thanks to Barry Howard, Deborah Walker and Oliver King for this information

24th. July. 2007.

Park News! 

Steeleye Span have a download only single! Lord Elgin Album Mix and Lord Elgin Live mix taken from the December 06 tour out 30th July you can pre order this from the Park Digital site.
www.parkrecords.com 

Also the acoustic stage line up for Spanfest  is now on the Spanfest Web Site! 
www.spanfest.com

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

7th. July. 2007.

JULY 2007 FOLKCAST 

Now available

Ken Nicol - Phil Widdows

http://www.folkcast.co.uk/

UK folk podcast from Ken Nicol and  Phil Widdows.

Exclusive interview with renowned folk singer MADDY PRIOR - and you can hear the full interview in a special, separate podcast.

24th. June. 2007.

PARK RECORDS NOW HAVE A WEBSITE FOR SPANFEST!

http://www.spanfest.com/


After over thirty years playing festivals around the world, folk legends Steeleye Span will take the logical, if overdue, step of curating their own event. The inaugural Spanfest will take place on 27th & 28th July in the stunning location of Suffolk's Kentwell Hall

Over the course of their long and illustrious career, Steeleye Span have become one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk- rock, the band changed the face of folk music forever, taking it into the world of gold discs and international tours. With members past and present reading like a who's who of folk music, Steeleye has always remained at the forefront of the genre. 

Their powerful and dramatic live show has graced festival venues such as Leeds Castle, Cambridge, Glastonbury, Roskilde, Sidmouth and Cropredy. Spanfest will be their only UK date this year. In keeping with the special nature of the event, Spanfest's supporting bill will feature some of both the most exciting new and long established names on the British folk scene, as well as reflecting the extended Steeleye Span family tree. Headlining on Friday 27th will be the extraordinary Bellowhead, the band who have created perhaps the biggest stir in folk music for years. An eleven member riot of sounds and visuals, they recently picked up the awards for best live act and best group at the BBC Folk Awards. Joining the bill on Saturday 28th are the Oysterband, one of the many bands in music today to have been inspired by Steeleye's fusion of the traditional with rock. Emerging from their roots as a ceilidh band in the late 1980s, the Oysterband have become standard bearers for British folk music, bringing the bite of their own social commentary to proceedings. Their latest album, Meet You There, finds them in the best form of their career. This being a band with such an expansive history, however, it is members of Steeleye Span past and present that form much of the bill. Maddy Prior will appear with long time solo cohorts Nick Holland and Troy Donockley to perform material from the Holy Grail inspired The Quest, as well as hosting workshops; Peter Knight will play with both Tanna and Feast of Fiddles, Rick Kemp with Whapweasel; Ken Nicol will play a solo set; and in a nod to history founder member Ashley Hutchings will bring his band the Rainbow Chasers to proceedings. 

Yet Spanfest is also about looking forward. Alongside Bellowhead, the event will feature Katie Doherty, one of the brightest young names on the folk music scene. She is one of a growing number of young performers who take inspiration from the tradition yet write and create their own material. As with Kate Rusby, Jim Moray and Bill Jones, Doherty is able to invoke a world of mystery, intrigue and timeless magic that would honour any classic folk song. Doherty is very much a product of the new world of traditional music. So far in a short career she has taken part in the Nu Routes showcase tour alongside Kathryn Tickell, graduated with a first class honours degree in folk music (followed by a Masters) and completed a residency with the renowned musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney. 

In addition to all this, Spanfest will feature a new acoustic showcase, Morris displays and craft and food stalls, all in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. As befits an event celebrating a very British institution, the patron of the festival is author Terry Pratchett. Renowned for his fantasy novels, Pratchett is a huge fan of Steeleye Span and presented them with their Good Tradition Award at the 2005 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards. It may have been nearly forty years in the creation, but this looks set to become one of the most essential fixtures on the calendar. 

www.spanfest.com

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

24th. June. 2007.

You can now download music from the Park Records web site. 

Click the banner.

5th. May. 2007

New Album "Paradise Found" 

A Celebration of Charles Wesley 1707-1788 Spring 2007 will see the return of one of the most enduring and endearing partnerships in English music, that of Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

 Best known for their sell out Christmas carols tours, the pairing are now set to undertake a celebration of the 300th anniversary of one of the key influences on their work, Charles Wesley. Born in 1707, Charles Wesley (along with his brother John) went onto become one of the most important figures in religious music. He wrote a staggering 9,000 hymns, many of which are still popular today - including Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Love Divine All Loves Excelling and Rejoice, The Lord Is King. To say that he revolutionised the way that music was used in church is not an overstatement as hymns were strictly illegal in parishes at the turn of the eighteenth century. 

Wesley aimed his compositions at the working classes and his hymns were often sung at large open air gatherings. By using emotional, vigorous language to express religious thought Wesley turned much of the Church world upside down. In 1995 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, an indication of his wide reaching influence. 

It is not surprising that Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band have taken such inspiration from Wesley. They have always revelled in taking music from down the ages and turning it into something that is both new and familiar, yet always imbued with the spirit of carnival. It is an approach that has made their concert tours such unmissable events. 

Their 2007 outing looks set to be no exception, a mixture of sacred and secular material from the eighteenth century featuring songs, ballads and dance tunes, all delivered in their own inimitable style. Paradise Found available on line from  www.parkrecords.com 

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band - Spring Tour 2007 Music for Tavern and Chapel

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

12th. Jan. 2007

FOLKCAST

Ken Nicol - Phil Widdows

Latest Show
FolkCast 012 - December 2006

Featuring The Festive FolkCast Selection Box

This month we present songs and tunes by:

Never Mind The Bocs - Winter Flowers

Go to:-
www.folkcast.co.uk

22nd. Nov. 2006

The new Steeleye album

'BLOODY MEN'

will now be released as a double album

 

CD1
1.Bonny Black Hare
2.The Story of the Scullion King
3.The Dreamer and the Widow
4.Lord Elgin
5.The 3 Sisters
6.The 1st House in Connaught
7.Cold Haily Windy Night
8.Whummil Bore
9.Demon of the Well
10.Lord Gregory

CD2
1. Ned Ludd Part 1 (Inclosure)
2.Ned Ludd Part 2 (Rural Retreat)
3.Ned Ludd Part 3 (Ned Ludd)
4.Ned Ludd Part 4 (Prelude to Peterloo)
5.Ned Ludd Part 5 (Peterloo the Day)

Thanks to Wil Tirion for the information

15th. April 2006

A BRAND NEW LIVE DOUBLE CD

STEELEYE SPAN
FOLK ROCK PIONEERS IN CONCERT

Folk Rock Pioneers in Concert

PRKCD89

AVAILABLE FROM PARK RECORDS

CD 1 CD2
1. King Henry
2. Padstow
3. Prince Charlie
4. Nights Drunk
5. Who Told The Butcher?
6. Mantle of Green
7. Long Lankin
8. Samain
9. All Around My Hat
1. Tam Lin
2. Let Her Go Down
3. Liam Drum Solo
4. Drink Down The Moon / The Cuckoo
5. Si Beg Si Mohr
6. Betsy Bell & Mary Grey
7. They Called Her Babylon
8. Blackleg Miner
9. Sir James the Rose
10. Van Diemans Land
11. Cam Ye O’er Frae France
12. Gaudete

Bonus Tracks
London
Cold Haily Night

Thanks to The Park Records Web Site

Thanks to Joellen Robinson for the information

15th. December 2005

MADDY PRIOR and THE CARNIVAL BAND

'AN EVENING OF CAROLS AND CAPERS'

A 2 minute preview of the new DVD "An Evening of Carols and Capers"  is on the Park site.
 Just hit the preview button on the Park Records home page.

Thanks to John Dagnell from Park records

2nd. December 2005

MADDY PRIOR and THE CARNIVAL BAND
New Live Album

'AN EVENING OF CAROLS AND CAPERS'

CD1 CD2
Masters in the Hall 
Sans Day Carol 
God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman 
Endrous Night 
Charpentier's Christmas Stomp 
Let an Anthem of Praise 
The Oxen 
Balthazar 
Round Of Animals 
Melima  
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear 
The Sussex Carrol 
Watts Cradle Song 
Vals Musette 
Entre Le Boeuf 
Charpentier's Christmas Swing 
Tinka's Polka 
The Carnal and the Crane 
Ding Dong Merrily On High 
Angels from the Realms of Glory 
Hark Hark 
While Shepherds Watched

Don't forget the Carols & Capers Tour, dates - CLICK HERE or for more details go to the Park website. www.parkrecords.com

ALSO NOW AVAILABLE FROM PARK RECORDS

THE DVD - AN EVENING OF CAROLS AND CAPERS

Description
The first DVD from Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band captures all the colour, stories, humour and song of their now famous Christmas tours. Their approach to the music of the season is both at once unique and familiar, presenting tunes from across the world’s musical history alongside their own interpretations of some of the most well known carols of all. At its heart, however, lies the irresistible joy and celebration that has characterised Christmas music down the ages, delivered by perhaps it’s finest practioners. The voice of Steeleye Span meets the music of the Middle Ages and beyond in an unforgettable package. Exclusive interviews with all involved reveal the history behind the music and this most enduring of partnerships.

Tracks

Set 1

1.Masters in the Hall
2.The Sans Day Carol
3.God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4.Shepherds Arise!
5.This Endris Night
6.Noels (M. Charpentier's Christmas Stomp)
7.Let an Anthem of Praise
8.The Oxen
9.Balthazar
10.Round of theAnimals
11.Melima
.
Set 2

1.Personent Hodie
2.It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
3.The Sussex Carrol
4.Cradle Song
5.Entre Le Boeuf
6.Noels (M. Charpentier's Christmas Swing)
7.Dratenik (Tinker Polka)
8.The Carnal and the Crane
9.Ding Dong Merrily on High
10.A Wassail
11.I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
12.Poor Little Jesus
Extra Features

1. Angels from the Realms of Glory
2.Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band Interview
 

CD and DVD available from PARK RECORDS

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records for the above information.

9th. October 2005

New Album from MADDY PRIOR and the GIRLS

Under The Covers

PRKCD84

Available from PARK RECORDS click here

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

9th. September 2005

A BRAND NEW ALBUM FROM KEN NICOL

'THIRTEEN REASONS'

Ken has recently completed and released a new CD 'Thirteen Reasons'. The album, in its eclecticism, is undoubtedly the most accurate representation of Ken's approach to music; with its solo acoustic instrumentals, electric folk-rock, country flavour songs, bluegrass banjo & mandolin picking, steel slide guitar playing, stories, ballads, light-hearted pieces, and even a George Formby-esque ukulele track. The album also features guest appearances from some of the greats of the UK folk scene.
To read more about 'Thirteen Reasons' and about the official launch on Friday 11th November, click here......... 'Thirteen Reasons'


How to Order 'Thirteen Reasons'

Ken Nicol
'Thirteen Reasons'
CONCERT
The Worden Arts Centre
Leyland, Lancs.
Friday 11th November 7:45pm

With very special guests: Chris While,
Rick Kemp & Joe Broughton.

Tickets £12.00 from 'Friends of Folk'
Tel: Jim 01772 422416
Or from: MVS Sound, PO Box 118, Preston PR1 5GA.
Tel: 01772 51014

Thanks to Ken Nicol for the information

22nd. July 2005

Peter Knights new solo CD, 'Too Late For Shadows' is now available from

PARK RECORDS


www.parkrecords.com

Thanks to John Dagnell of Park Records

24th. April 2005

New Maddy Prior CD  "Collections" A Very Best Of 1995-2005 

is available from Park Records

CD1

1 Sheath & Knife
2 Hind Horn
3 Twankydillo
4 Rigs of the Time
5 In the Company of Ravens
6 Young Bloods
7 Brother Lawrence
8 Great Silkie of Sules Skerry
9 Once and Future King
10 Reynardine
11 The Duke of Marlborough
12 Lark in the morning

CD2

1 Maman
2 John
3 Salisbury Plain
4 Yellow Handkerchief
5 John Barleycorn
6 Haul her Away
7 Cropper Lads
8 Liverpool Judies

Live Tracks
9 Saucy Sailor
10 Deep in the Darkest Night
11 The Fabled Hare
a. I sall goe intil a Hare
b. Ruled by the Moon
c. Scent of a Dog
d. Winter Wakeneth
e The Hare Said

Thanks to John Dagnell from Park records

25th. Jan. 2005

Britta Sweers's Electric Folk:  
The Changing Face of Traditional English Music.

(Electric Folk: Revival and Transformation of English Traditional Music  is the UK title)

Paperback 320 pages (February 2005)
  Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc, USA
ISBN: 019517478X

Its release was delayed until now.  The Book analyses the creation of the English electric folk movement in the 1960s and the influence it has had on music around the world.  Sweers extensively discusses the contributions of Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, and Pentangle to this genre. 

 She defines what electric folk is and how it altered traditional English music.  Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp, Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Simon Nicol, and Shirley Collins were all interviewed for this book.  Sweers also discuses the English electric folk and folk-rock movements of today, and their interrelationship to other forms of music around the world.  Anyone who is a fan of Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention will want this book in their collection.

Thanks to Jay Immel for the information