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 has seen them celebrate an incredible forty years together by heading out to play live, first in the USA and then Australia before returning to the UK for an extensive tour will take them up to Christmas and include a special show at the Barbican with guests John Kirkpatrick and Martin Carthy.
Quite simply, the band has seldom been more active in its long career and the current line-up of Maddy Prior, Peter Knight, Rick Kemp, Liam Genockey and Ken Nicol has in fact become the longest serving of any across the years. At a point 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.
2009 is no exception, with the release of their 21st studio album, Cogs, Wheels & Lovers, is a record that will typically see them buck their own trend and go back to their roots; the interpretation of traditional song. This though, has always been the Steeleye way. Tied not to the past, the present or the future – simply timeless.
01. The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite (4.03)
02. Locks and Bolts (3.57)
03. Creeping Jane (4.02)
04. Just As the Tide (4.25)
05. Ranzo (2.48)
06. The Machiner's Song (2.42)
07. Our Captain Cried (3.26)
08. Two Constant Lovers (5.50)
09. Madam Will You Walk (3.36)
10. The Unquiet Grave (4.44)
11. Thornaby Woods (11.10)
Maddy Prior: vocals
Peter Knight: violin, viola, electric piano, mandolin, backing vocals
Ken Nicol: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
Rick Kemp: bass, vocals
Liam Genockey: drums and percussion