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Steeleye Span plan December shows

Steeleye Span will play two December UK shows with Acoustic Strawbs and Pentangle’s Jackie McShee

Steeleye Span have announced a pair of UK shows which will take place in December.

The performances will be at Newcastle's City Hall on December 5 and at the Warwick Arts Centre on December 17, with the dates being lined up as the band approaches its 50th anniversary.

They’ll be joined by Acoustic Strawbs and Pentangle’s Jackie McShee for both shows, which will take place under the Folk Rock Pioneers In Concert banner.

A statement reads: “Led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior, Steeleye Span will feature their new seven-piece line up, with the introduction of Roger Carey on bass and Benji Kirkpatrick (bouzouki, acoustic guitar and vocals), whose father John enjoyed two successful stints in the band and played on many of their classic albums.

“They join Maddy, Liam Genockey, Jessie May Smart, Andrew Sinclair and Julian Littman in a version of Steeleye Span that is more than a match for any that has come before.”

They’ll perform a selection of tracks, including material from 2016 album Dodgy Bastards.

Acoustic Strawbs will be led by founding member Dave Cousins, with the trio reportedly bringing “a fresh approach to the band’s extensive catalogue.”

McShee will take to the stage with her band Take 3 and they’ll perform classic Pentangle songs “in a more acoustic manner” while also touching on material from jazz and blues.

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