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Sun 3rd Feb at 7:00pm
Show Of Hands
@ Royal Festival Hall, London
Also appearing: Fisherman's Friends
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Show Of Hands + Fisherman's Friends
Devon's perpetually popular Show of Hands make their debut at London's Royal Festival Hall in February, in a special Southbank 'Best of the West' double header with fellow West Country act, Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends.
Following a year which saw their new Anglo-American album 'Wake the Union' acclaimed by many critics as their best yet, the band will reunite with the high profile Cornish shanty choir, who have previously supported them at the Albert Hall.
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. 'Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act' (The Independent).
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The Fisherman's Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years. The group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.
Each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboat men and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac. They’ve known each other since childhood and learnt their powerful brand of Cornish harmony singing at the local Methodist chapel – now the pottery of Fisherman's Friend Billy Hawkwins (baritone), where the group get together with a crate of ale and a good deal of bonhomie to rehearse their repertoire and try out new songs.
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Venue: Royal Festival Hall
Phone: 0871 663 2500
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