Show of Hands

Show of Hands



Show of Hands is a multi-award winning English acoustic roots/folk duo formed in 1986 by singer-songwriter Steve Knightley (guitars, mandolin, mandocello, cuatro) and composer and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer (vocals, guitars, violin, viola, mandolin, mandocello). Joined by singer and double bassist Miranda Sykes for a tour in 2004, Show of Hands continue to regularly perform as a trio with Sykes, as well as in their original format.

Known for their songs with rousing choruses that nail contemporary social issues,[1] (notably their "singalong attack on the bankers", Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) [2] these often illustrate current concerns through historical narratives [3] and have earned Knightley the label the 'Gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor'. [4] Rooted in English traditional music the songs are shot through with diverse influences from music across the world, including the blues, Americana and Latin rhythms.[5][6] Nominating Knightley as 'songwriter of the '90s' Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6 noted that the songs spring from "the soil of the West Country," [7] where, as Robin Denselow writes in the Guardian, "Beer and Knightley have become folk heroes". [8].

Widely recognised as pioneers in the folk/roots arena both for their enduring emphasis on stagecraft, and their radical business model, Show of Hands are noted for the high level of professionalism they bring to their performances whether in a small club or the Royal Albert Hall.[9] Their "much vaunted cottage industry,"[10] set up Show of Hands as an independent concern before the internet made this common practise. Beer and Knightley with their then manager Gerard O'Farrell built on their close relationship with their growing and "devoted" fanbase [11] to create a completely self-contained way of working.[12] This included their record label and production company Hands on Music, that gave them control of their consistently 'classy' output. [13]

Show of Hands have received widespread critical acclaim over their 30 album (and continuing) career, [14] and in 2006 were voted "Greatest Devonians Ever" in a poll run by Devon Country Council beating Sir Francis Drake, Agatha Christie and Chris Martin amongst others to the title.[15]



No Secrets
No Secrets is a song by musical group Show Of Hands, released on April 21, 2017.
Wake the Union
Wake the Union is the sixteenth studio album by British folk duo Show of Hands.
Centenary: Words & Music of the Great War
Centenary: Words & Music of the Great War is a studio album released in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.
Arrogance Ignorance and Greed
Arrogance Ignorance and Greed is the fourteenth studio album by English folk duo Show of Hands.

Photos - Show of Hands51

Popular Albums25

Album Appearances & References1

Popular Songs6

Popular Live Albums1

Minor Film Appearances & References1

Music-Related Relationships1

Awards & Nominations1


Band Members2


Spotify - Albums & Singles25


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Upcoming Concerts36

Midsummer Festival
Brecon, United Kingdom
June 30, 2018
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Weymouth, United Kingdom
July 7, 2018
Chagstock Festival
Whiddon Down, United Kingdom
July 21, 2018
Warwick Folk Festival
Warwick, United Kingdom
July 28, 2018
Wickham Festival
Fareham, United Kingdom
August 3, 2018
Ham Marquee, Sidmouth Folk Week
Sidmouth, United Kingdom
August 4, 2018
Suffolk Coastal, United Kingdom
August 18, 2018
Shrewsbury folk Festival
Shropshire, United Kingdom
August 25, 2018
Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
August 31, 2018
Lyme Folk Festival
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
September 2, 2018
The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
October 17, 2018
Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
Glasgow, United Kingdom
October 18, 2018
Birmingham Town Hall
Birmingham, United Kingdom
October 20, 2018
GLive, Guildford
Guildford, United Kingdom
November 1, 2018
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
November 2, 2018
City Hall Salisbury
Salisbury, United Kingdom
November 3, 2018
Royal Northern College of Music
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 7, 2018
The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Halifax, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018
Union Chapel
London, United Kingdom
November 10, 2018
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom
November 11, 2018
Cheltenham Town Hall
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
November 14, 2018
Buxton, United Kingdom
November 15, 2018
St Davids Hall, Cardiff
Cardiff, United Kingdom
November 16, 2018
Oxford New Theatre
Oxford, United Kingdom
November 18, 2018
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Yeovil, United Kingdom
November 21, 2018
Epic Studios
Norwich, Uk
November 22, 2018
The Alban Arena
St Albans, United Kingdom
November 23, 2018
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
November 24, 2018
Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
November 25, 2018
Theatre Royal, Margate
Margate, United Kingdom
November 28, 2018
Anvil Arts
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
November 29, 2018
St Georges Church
Brighton, United Kingdom
November 30, 2018
Poole, United Kingdom
December 1, 2018
Exmouth Pavilion
Exmouth, United Kingdom
December 6, 2018
Exmouth Pavilion
Exmouth, United Kingdom
December 7, 2018
Exmouth Pavilion
Exmouth, United Kingdom
December 8, 2018


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