Sat 5th Jul at 3:00pm (doors 1:30pm) - 9:30pm
Summer Family Concert
@ Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury
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Summer Family Concert: Show Of Hands + Steve Knightley + Miranda Sykes + Rex Preston + Sheelanagig + Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + Aimée
Tickets available from 3rd March from Abbotsbury Tourism: 01305 871130
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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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Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Steve's 2010 solo appearances include Glastonbury and Larmer Tree festivals.
'Bleak, witty and finely observed' (The Guardian).
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Miranda Sykes is a multi-talented singer, double bass and guitar player who easily slips between genres as diverse as folk, jazz, rock and pop. Her rich, spine-tingling vocals and strident, yet sensitive double bass playing is much in demand and she has worked alongside some of the finest musicians in the world.
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Rex is a highly talented mandolin player and member of the Scoville Units.
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Having caused dancefloor mayhem from the Scottish Islands to the South of Italy, Sheelanagig are probably the most fun you can have with a fiddle, flute, guitar, double-bass and drums. They are as physically relentless on stage as their music is – playing a unique and energetic blend of Folk, Jazz and World Music.
Festival favourites at Glastonbury and Green Man their live show encompasses street theatre, elements of storytelling and acrobatics, and is sure to provoke a reaction – frenzied dancing and stage invasions are hazards on a really good night. They are a truly spellbinding band to see live.
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Phillip plays slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, beatbox harmonica & chatturangui. He is a figurehead for the next generation of English slide guitarists. His virtuoso playing encompasses 360 degrees of influence. He has studied the Delta blues bottleneck for many years and has developed a touch reminiscent of Ry Cooder, while his astounding harmonica technique is inspired by Sonny Terry.
Completing and complimenting this feast of music is Hannah, who is a fine fiddle and banjo player, as well as being a gifted vocalist and songwriter. Her interest in the traditional music scene around Devon (where she grew up) has led to a beautiful catalogue of songs that innovatively blend old traditions and new melodies.
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Aimée (pronounced EM AY) is 14 years old. She has been playing the guitar since she was 8 years old and has been writing and performing her own compositions for about 5 years. She has composed numerous songs to date and only performs her own compositions. In her spare time, Aimée is an active member of the Petersfield Youth Theatre and has performed in three Autumn Season productions (Whistle Down the Wind, The Jungle Book and The Wind in the Willows), is studying towards her grade 5 in Piano, and is a member of two choirs (including the Eggars School Chamber Choir).
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