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The Big Gig! Back to The Albert Hall for their Fifth Appearance

January 17th 2017

Show of Hands mark their 25th year with a return to the Royal Albert hall on Easter Sunday (April 16th) with the following special guests

Miranda Sykes – the most special of guests and who could think of an Albert Hall appearance without her!

Rex Preston – virtuoso mandolin player

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – winners of Best Duo at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014.

Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak – old time traditional fiddle and banjo music – hugely popular at the last Albert Hall gig

The Lost Sound Chorus – appeared with Show of Hands at Exeter Cathedral last year

Matt Clifford – famously worked with the Rolling Stones, and has been with us for every Albert Hall gig

Chris Hoban – talented author of some of Show of Hands most successful songs

The Big Gig starts at 7.30pm and will of course feature a raffle in aid of MIND and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Tickets are still available from but are selling fast – hope to see you there!

Raffle Sellers for the Royal Albert Hall

January 10th 2017

Our friend Steve is once again organising a raffle for the Albert Hall gig, and has asked us to post this:

This is the first appeal for raffle sellers at the RAH in April. We need approx. 35 people to help sell tickets. The nominated charities this time are MIND and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The usual procedure for the day is that you get a full briefing backstage late afternoon/early evening. This usually lasts about 15 minutes and you’re allocated an area of the hall to operate in. Each pair of sellers gets a money bag, a float of approx. £20 and 200-300 tickets. The tickets have a numbered counterfoil that you keep and give the ticket to the buyer. Each ticket has a number and costs £1. You don’t need to write names, addresses or phone numbers down as the draw is made on the night. All the buyer has to do is check the ticket when the announcement is made from the stage. When you’ve sold all your tickets you bring the money, the counterfoils and the bag back to me at a pre-arranged spot in the hall at the interval. I take care of everything after that. All you have to do is shout out that you’re selling raffle tickets and people stampede towards you waving money. Typically, you’re selling for 15 – 20 minutes. At the last two RAH gigs some sellers sold out in under 10 minutes. YOU’LL GET A SPECIAL, LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT AND OFFICIAL RAFFLE SELLER PASS TO KEEP AS SOUVENIRS and a chance to have a look at the backstage bits of the Albert Hall. If you’d like to help, send me an e-mail at and I’ll be in touch.

Vaughan & Gwen logging off….

December 29th 2016

We hope you all had a really good Christmas.

After an amazing 20 year journey with the guys we are bowing out of Show of Hands at the end of this year. We’ve had a great run, lots of fun and made a load of new friends, but the time has come for us to hand over the business to a younger generation.

We wish the band continued success, and we hope to see many of you around and about at concerts and festivals.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year

Vaughan & Gwen

Order the new ‘Centenary Live At Exeter Cathedral’ CD online

December 1st 2016

packshotThe ‘Centenary Live At Exeter Cathedral’ CD is now available to order from the online shop CLICK HERE

The new CD is a live recording of a unique memorial concert that took place on 1st July 2016 exactly 100 years after the first day of The Battle of the Somme.

With poetry readings by Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, and featuring Chris Hoban and The Lost Sound Chorus, this is a record of a very special event.

Danube River Cruise July 2017

November 17th 2016

Show of Hands will be joining the AMASerena for the trip of a lifetime on the River Danube.

Glide along the Danube enjoying the ‘Blue Danube Discovery’ Itinerary where you can discover a wealth of art, history and cultural treasures as you cruise to some of Europe’s most famous destinations. From Budapest, journey to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau and the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, visit magnificent Cathedrals and Baroque Abbeys, sample Vienna’s sinfully rich sachertorte cake, experience the breathtaking scenery of the Wachau Valley winemaking region, and traverse Europe’s Continental Divide.
We look forward to welcoming you on board.

And of course, quality entertainment each evening in the Lounge after dinner!

For more information and a brochure see



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Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music - England's finest and most popular roots duo and something of a "people's band".

"Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act"

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