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Longdogs release live Show of Hands album for charity

December 8th 2007

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Longdogs is proud to announce the release of the above CD, the proceeds from which will be divided equally between the national childhood cancer charity CLIC Sargent and the ‘Paediatric Oncology’ fund at Bramble ward in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The release, on the Longdogs own label, was prompted by the news that Steve and Clare Knightley’s son Jack had contracted acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a life threatening but often curable cancer. The diagnosis was confirmed on November 23rd 2007, the day before Jack’s sixth birthday and the day that Show of Hands were due to embark upon their most ambitious tour to date.

After the cancellation of the first three gigs the tour went ahead with Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes. Steve was able to make two of the gigs – Bristol, and Exeter, the last night of the tour where the material for this album was recorded.

It should be noted that this release is not part of the official Show of Hands catalogue but a selection from the band’s current live repertoire that they have made available to Longdogs for the purpose of raising funds for the nominated charities. That said, it’s a professional piece of work that compares favourably with previous official live releases and successfully captures the atmosphere at what was a very emotional gig, and is a must for every Show of Hands fan’s collection.

Speaking on behalf of Longdogs, Richard Barnes said: “From the moment the news of Jack’s illness broke not just Longdogs’ members but Show of Hands fans generally responded with a fantastic show of support and goodwill. Phil and Miranda soldiered on with the tour along with Slaid Cleaves and Michael O’Connor in support and the vast majority of fans who had bought tickets still turned up to support the band and generously contribute to the collections for CLIC Sargent organised at the gigs.”

After a ten year presence on the internet Longdogs has become much more than the humble “Show of Hands fans on the ‘net” organisation it set out to be and, whilst retaining its independence from the band, has worked closely with them on a number of projects, particularly in raising money for charitable causes such as Children’s Hospice South West and Teenage Cancer Trust. Says Richard: “Jack’s illness brought the issue of childhood cancer very close to home, and this time we wanted to really make a difference. Various suggestions came and went, including a sponsored mass parachute jump (thank goodness that one went away!) but hours before the final gig of the tour the perfect opportunity presented itself with a call from Steve. He would be doing the gig and they were thinking of recording it – would Longdogs be up for releasing the result on CD? Naturally the answer was yes.”

The album track listing is:-

  1. Longdog (Knightley)
  2. The Setting/Mary of Dungloe (McTell/Trad Arr Knightley/Beer)
  3. Cutthroats, Crooks and Con-Men (Knightley)
  4. Blue Cockade (Trad arr Knightley/Beer)
  5. Crazy Boy (Knightley)
  6. Blind Fiddler (Trad arr Knightley/Beer)
  7. Exile (Knightley)
  8. See My Baby Again (Knightley)
  9. Secret World (Gabriel)
  10. Are We Alright (Knightley)
  11. The Dive (Knightley)
  12. Don’t Be a Stranger (Knightley)
  13. Country Life (Knightley)
  14. Roots (Knightley)
  15. Cousin Jack (Knightley)
  16. The Falmouth Packet/Haul Away Joe (Beer/Trad arr Knightley/Beer)

The CD is officially launched at Show of Hands’ gig at Rugby Roots on 27th September and will thereafter be available to purchase from the merchandise stand at all Show of Hands gigs. It’s already available online at www.longdogs.co.uk/soh/exetercd or by “snail mail” from Longdogs, email richard@rugbyroots.com for ordering details.

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