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Show of Hands
Saturday, 19 May @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
More than two decades on the road. 25 album releases. 2 Honorary Doctorates, 3 BBC Folk Awards, 4 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia. Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi instrumentalists. Without frills or fanfares they have carved a unique niche built on a carefully constructed cottage industry and become one of the most in-demand bands on the circuit.
An alchemist couldn’t have come up with a more potent, magical mix than that of Phil Beer, who can, as The Scotsman observed, “play nearly every stringed instrument known to man” and the inspired Steve Knightley, described by broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters”.
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Albert Hall four times and headline at major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD.
Voted Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (as well as clinching Best Original Song for Knightley’s acclaimed Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country, trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro.
“One of the great English bands”
“Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act”
It will be an absolute pleasure to have Show of Hands performing at the Cheese & Grain. Although we have worked with the band for over 20 years, it is our first show in Frome and we have been trying to book them here for over five years due to their constant touring between the Major Concert Hall tours and the regular tours of small folk clubs both as a duo and their solo projects. Not only are they one of the most professional outfits on the circuit, they are also two of the nicest people in the music business and are readily available at the merch desk to sign memorabilia or just have a chat with their
fans, many of whom they know on first name terms.