Friday, 1 June 2012

Show Of Hands (music)

Photo by Rob O'Connor
I saw Show Of Hands for the first time only last year in Tunbridge Wells. We had booked tickets as I adore the songwriter who was their support artist for the evening, Richard Shindell, but of course we stayed for the whole gig. I was amazed by the strength of support among the practically sold-out audience. Everyone (else!) seemed to know all the words to all the songs and the warmth of feeling towards Steve Knightley and Phil Beer was great to see.

Show Of Hands perform their own songs, mostly written by Knightley, in a strong tradition of acoustic British folk music, but with generous influences from other sources including blues, rock and country. They are also not limited to traditional folk instruments - their recordings include slide guitars, fiddles, mandolins and even a South American cuatro. They are also fiercely political with anthemic songs such as 'Arrogrance, Ignorance and Greed' being particularly powerful.

They will be visiting Hailsham Pavilion as one of the Spyboy shows towards the end of July but, at the time of writing, there are already only about 25 tickets left so if you'd like to go see them, don't hang about! I believe the gig will just be Steve and Phil, without Miranda Sykes guesting.

Hailsham Pavilion, 23rd July, 19:30.
Booking online at or by calling 01323 841414.

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