Rock band gi­ants kick-off fes­ti­val

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Folk rock pi­o­neers Steel­eye Span are cel­e­brat­ing 45 years to­gether with a show in Ash­ford.

The band will per­form at Rev­e­la­tion St Mary’s next week, kick­ing off their au­tumn and win­ter pro­gramme.

The even­ing will in­clude a mix of songs from the band’s lat­est al­bum, Win­ter­smith, along with familiar clas­sics, all sung by lead singer Mad­die Prior.

Rev­e­la­tion trus­tee Alan Cas­tle said: “Ash­ford town cen­tre’s award-win­ning venue has re­ally ar­rived when top folk groups like Steel­eye Span are ask­ing to ap­pear at Rev­e­la­tion St Mary’s in what is only our third year of op­er­a­tion.”

Steel­eye Span formed in 1969 and the band have re­leased more than 20 stu­dio al­bums to date.

The cur­rent line-up in­cludes Mad­die Prior, Rick Kemp, Liam Genockey, Ju­lian Littman and Peter Zorn, as well as old names such as Martin Carthy, John Kirk­patrick, Tim Har­ries, Bob John­son and most re­cently Peter Knight.

This year the band have in­tro­duced vi­olin­ist Jessie May Smart, who has also worked on The X Fac­tor and with Katie Melua.

In 2013, the band re­leased its new al­bum Win­ter­smith, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sir Terry Pratch­ett.

The record­ing is based on Pratch­ett’s Win­ter­smith novel, a tale of an­cient rit­u­als and se­cret folk dances that com­ple­mented their pre­vi­ous work while also tak­ing it in new di­rec­tions.

The con­cert starts at 7.45pm on Fri­day, Au­gust 29, with doors open­ing at 7pm.

Tick­ets cost £23 for adults, or £29 on the door, and £15 for un­der-16s (£19 on the door).

For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets go to rev­e­la­tion­st­

Steel­eye Span will kick off the new sea­son at Rev­e­la­tions St Mary’s on Fri­day, Au­gust 29

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