Steeleye Span at the Alban Arena

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Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span return to the Alban Arena next week.

Celebrating 45 years, with a new live show. Maddy Prior – the voice of the band – leads a line-up featuring faces old and new when they appear at the St Albans theatre at 7.30pm next Tuesday, October 21.

Having recently collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on a record based on his Wintersmith novel, their 2014 shows will see them perform new gems alongside classics.

Steeleye Span formed in 1969 and have recorded 21 studio albums to date.

With the departure of fiddle player and long standing member Peter Knight, the band is joined by Jessie May Smart, whose CV includes working on The X Factor and with Katie Melua.

Tickets are £21 and £19.50, available from the box office on 01727 844488 or online at

Music continues when award-winning folk trio Show Of Hands appear at the Arena at 7.30pm next Thursday, October 23.

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Show of Hands play a genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country and traditional, often influenced by the music of other countries.

Tickets are £19.

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Get on top of your Christmas shopping early this year, with The Earlybird Christmas Craft & Food Fair on Sunday October 26 at 11am, featuring more than 50 stalls, face painting, fun activities, live music and a chance to meet Santa!