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Legendary folk rock band, Steeleye Span, at Cheese and Grain

Steeleye Span are fast approaching their 50th anniversary, with a work rate to put many younger artists to shame. 

The band’s eighth album in 12 years – 2016’s Dodgy Bastards – saw them return to the folk tales and characters that have always been at the heart of the Steeleye sound.  Dodgy Bastards saw the folk-rock pioneers continue drawing stories of murder, religion, incest, skulls, honour killings and tormented spirit.  They once more create an inspired and dark take on the music of the British Isles.

Steeleye follow Dodgy Bastards up with a UK tour which sees them introduce a new seven-piece line up; Roger Carey joining on bass and Benji Kirkpatrick adding bouzouki, acoustic guitar and vocals.  The band revisit the record that began their career. Released in 1970, Hark! The Village Wait not only introduced the band to the world but also played a vital part in the history of folk rock, helping kickstart a sound that would come to define British traditional music over the following years.

Featuring a number of songs that have become part of the Steeleye legend, the group has revisited moments on stage and in the studio before, but on these dates, they will play “Hark!” in its entirety for the first time – bringing together the past, present and future of this famous band.

They are playing: Satur- day 9th December. Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Justice Lane, Frome. BA11 1BE.

Doors: 7.30pm, tickets £22.50  each, available from the box office on 01373 455420.

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