Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span have embarked on a 50th anniversary UK tour which includes a stop at the Grand Opera House York on Sunday March 24
.Over the past 50 years, Steeleye Span have come to define the concept of English folk rock – taking it from the world of small clubs into the charts, concert halls and festivals around the globe.
The story of their career has included incredible moment after incredible moment - taking Latin carol Gaudete on to Top Of The Pops, recording with David Bowie and Peter Sellers, showering their audiences with pound notes, scoring a top five hit with All Around My Hat, touring UK arenas with Status Quo, reuniting virtually all their members for a famous 25th anniversary show and entering their fifth decade as creatively inspired and active as ever - including the acclaimed Wintersmith album with Sir Terry Pratchett.
Featuring some of the most famous names in folk music from down the years- Martin Carthy, Tim Hart, Bob Johnson, John Kirkpatrick, Peter Knight, Ken Nicol, Liam Genockey - the band has perhaps been most identified with Maddy Prior - one of the most distinctive voices in British music.
Helping found the band with her musical partner Tim Hart, she has steered Steeleye through their various incarnations, as well as a successful solo career and a number of regular collaborations with the likes of June Tabor and the Carnival Band.
Steeped in the mythology and history of the British Isles - and beyond - her lyrics have retold some of the most notable stories in the tradition. Tales of love, tragedy, injustice, murder, revenge and redemption - all have come to personify the band's musical sound, a marrying of folk tunes with the finest in rock instrumentation.
As they celebrate their milestone anniversary, Steeleye Span show no signs of slowing down.
Releasing seven studio and four live albums since the turn of the century, their current seven piece line-up ranks as one of the strongest of their long history and features John Kirkpatrick's son Benji from Bellowhead amongst others.
Tickets on sale now on 0844 871 3024 or www.atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york