Steeleye Span announce 55th anniversary May tour dates

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Steeleye Span have announced a run of live dates for England and Wales for May to celebrate both their 55th anniversary and their recent The Green Man Collection release.

The band will introduce new member Athena Octavia, part of indie folk band Iris & Steel and also an acclaimed classical violinist on the new dates and promise that "the nights will offer a selection of songs from across the years and albums, coupled with firm fan favourites."

Steeleye Span released The Green Man Collection in December 1. A 15-track collection which features tracks from the band's recent albums alongside new versions of three Steeleye classics including a reworking of Hard TimeOf Old England which features Status Quo’s Francis Rossi and a cover of Shipbuilding written by Elvis Costello and notably covered by Robert Wyatt.

The album's title track Green Man was written by Bob Johnson, guitarist and vocalist with the band from 1972-77, from 1980-2000 and again in 2002, and responsible for many of their classic ballads from the era. Previously lost for 40 years, the song addressed the issue of climate change long before it became such a widespread topic.

You can view all the dates and ticket details below.

Steeleye Span

May 1: Carlisle Old Fire Station 
May 2: Burnley   The Mechanics     
May 3: Leeds City Varieties 
May 4: Lancaster The Grand Theatre
May 6: Warrington Parr Hall  
May 7: Wrexham The William Aston Theatre
May 8: Loughborough  Town Hall  
May 10: Stratford-Upon-Avon The Playhouse 
May 12: Taunton The Brewhouse    
May 13: Paignton The Palace Theatre           
May 14: Falmouth Princess Pavilion          
May 15: Bath The Forum
May 17: St. AlbansThe Alban Arena    
May 18: Winchester Theatre Royal             
May 19: Worcester Swan Theatre              
May 20: Swindon Wyvern Theatre       
May 22: Chelmsford Theatre

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.