Folk rock legends Steeleye Span return with highly anticipated album ‘Dodgy Bastards’ and Autumn UK tour
In an age when it is not uncommon for an artist to take five years to follow up a successful album, the creativity that Steeleye Span displayed in their early years is still astonishing. In the decade between their debut and 1980's Sails Of Silver, they released twelve records alongside touring the world and enjoying a string of hits. Now with their 50th anniversary fast approaching, the band have come close to matching that work rate - readying themselves for the release of Dodgy Bastards, their eighth album in twelve years.
Such inspiration has come both from the individuals involved, Steeleye mainstays Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp and Liam Genockey alongside Jessie May Smart, Andrew Sinclair and Julian Littman in the current line-up, as well as the captivating source material – the work of 19th century scholar Francis James Child and his collection of English and Scottish Ballads.
The album is appropriately titled, containing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirits - the perfect subject material for Steeleye Span's dark take on the music of the British Isles.
Such epic tales require a suitable musical backdrop and the record is firmly in the band's classic musical mould. 'Brown Robyn's Confession' sets the tone but with a new twist, violinist Jessie May Smart taking the lead vocal before the distinct tones of Maddy Prior join her on the striking chorus. Elsewhere each member plays their part, allowing the music to explore a variety of different paths as the songs ebb and flow in keeping with their characters and events - with Prior and Littman even adding a spoken word / rap element to long time band favourite 'Boys Of Bedlam'.
Julian Littman of Steeleye Span says, “on our last album, Wintersmith, we set the writings of the late Sir Terry Pratchett but Dodgy Bastards sees us returning to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound. We’re hugely excited to get the album out there, and to embark on the final leg of our 2016 UK tour this October.”
As well as embarking their 2016 tour and releasing their 22nd album, the band have also made an accompany documentary to give more of an insight into the making of Dodgy Bastards.
View the documentary’s trailer over on Steeleye Span’s YouTube page: https://youtu.be/3MbW7J1aMwk.
Steeleye Span are on tour in the UK throughout October at the following venues:
Thurs 6th - Farnham Maltings, Farnham
Box Office: 01252 745444 https://farnhammaltings.com
Fri 7th - Hertford Theatre, Hertford
Box Office: 01992 531500 www.hertfordtheatre.com
Sat 8th - New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Box Office: 023 9264 9000 www.newtheatreroyal.com
Sun 9th - Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin
Box Office: 01983 868000 www.shanklintheatre.com
Tues 11th - Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton
Box Office: 01516 660000 www.floralpavilion.com
Wed 12th - The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Box Office: 01422 351158 www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria
Fri 14th - Buxton Opera House, Buxton
Box Office: 01298 72190 www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
Sat 15th - The Met Arts Centre / Drill Hall, Bury
Box Office: 01617 612216 www.themet.biz/other-venues/castlearmoury
Sun 16th - Middlesborough Theatre, Middlesborough
Box Office: 01642 815181 www.middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk
Mon 17th - The Platform Morecambe
Box Office: 01524 582803 www.lancaster.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/the-platform
Tues 18th - The King’s Hall & Winter Garden, Ilkley
Box Office: 01274 432000 www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/venues/kings-hall-ilkley
Thurs 20th - Open Plain Bank, Norwich
Box Office: 01603 763111 www.open247.org.uk/gigs-and-events.aspx
Fri 21st - Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
Box Office: 01245 606505 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Sat 22nd - The Corn Exchange, Newbury
Box Office: 08455 218218 www.cornexchangenew.com
Sun 23rd - Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
Box Office: 01323 802020 www.royalhippodrome.com
Mon 24th - The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
Box Office: 01322 220000 www.orchardtheatre.co.uk
Wed 26th - Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
Box Office: 01926 334418 www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre
Thurs 27th - The Alban Arena, St Albans
Box Office: 01727 844488 www.alban-arena.co.uk
Fri 28th - Maesteg Town Hall, Maesteg
Box Office: 01656 815995 www.maestegtownhall.com
Sat 29th - Cheese And Grain, Frome
Box Office: 01373 455420 www.cheeseandgrain.com
Sun 30th - The Capitol Horsham
Box Office: 01403 750220 www.thecapitolhorsham.com
Mon 31st - Key Theatre, Peterborough
Box Office: 01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com/key-theatre
Dakota Digital for Steeleye Span
Press contact: Abi Miller
Tel UK: 01623 428996
Tel US: 917-720-3025
For more information, contact Steeleye Span’s management, Park Promotions, at http://parkpromotions.com/.