Where We're Bound: Show Of Hands, Geoff Lakeman
"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. With 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 this is truly a most formidable duo. A class act and in response to requests from fans they will be performing their catalogue of favourite sons which fans have been clamouring to hear."
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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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Geoff Lakeman, who lives on Dartmoor, is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He performs self-penned songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk, and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson and 1920/30's jazz standards.
He's the father of a virtual folk dynasty - youngest son is internationally-acclaimed, Seth Lakeman. Elder brother is Sean who played in Seth's band and produced his Mercury Music Award, Top Ten, gold and silver albums. Sean and his wife, Yorkshire singer Kathryn Roberts, are the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Duo".
Geoff's piano-playing middle son Sam is married to Irish singing sensation Cara Dillon. Their band plays all over the world. The Lakeman Brothers originally started out playing in a family band with Geoff and their mum violin-playing mum Joy.
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