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Mailing list – Albert Hall Competition!

October 21st 2016

Hi all – we have just sent a mail out asking for as many people as possible to send us their email addresses and let us know that their home address can be taken off our mailing database.

The address to send the completed forms to is:

Show of Hands, 34 Argyle Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1JS

If you would like to enter our competition to win 2 tickets to the Albert Hall, please send (to the above address, or to your email address, and the home address that you want us to remove from our database. Winners will be announced on 31st October. Thanks all!

Royal Albert Hall 16th April 2017 – tickets go on sale 1st July

June 29th 2016

We’re pleased to announce that Show of Hands will be celebrating their 25 years on the road with their fifth gig at The Albert Hall on Sunday 16th April 2017. Tickets will be available from the Albert Hall from 9am on 1st July.
Box office is 0207 589 8212 or

And just as a reminder here’s a preview clip from 1996!

Release of ‘The Gamekeeper’ as SOH join Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton at Exeter Cathedral

June 17th 2016


Show of Hands, one of the leading acts in British folk, are to release a single and video to mark the centenary of the first day of WW1’s Battle of the Somme.

BBC award-winning singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer will offer one of Knightley’s finest songs, The Gamekeeper as a download single from July 1, tying in with a day-long tribute in their home city of Exeter to the 19240 Allied servicemen lost on the opening day of one of the worst battles in history.

That night, the Devon duo, and long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes, will perform a special centenary concert in Exeter Cathedral, joined by one of Britain’s best-known and best-loved acting couples, Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton.

While Jim has been Emmy-nominated for his role as Carson the butler in TV’s ratings-topping Downton Abbey, Imelda won ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ Olivier Awards for her performances in both Sweeney Todd and Gypsy, and is known to many for her role in the Harry Potter films.

Devon’s Lost Sound Chorus will also take part in the event which will raise funds for the West Country project Shrouds of the Somme with profits to be donated to armed forces charity SSAFA and The Exeter Foundation – the Exeter Chiefs rugby club charity – to be distributed among local and military causes.

Tickets for the 7.30pm concert, price £15 to £25, are available from Exeter Cathedral on 01392 285983 or online at

The concert will feature songs and poetry from Show of Hands’ acclaimed album Centenary –Words and Music of The Great War, described by one critic as “uplifting and redemptive”. The double album, which also featured Carter and Staunton, includes ‘The Gamekeeper’, with its moving WW1 analogy.

See and hear the video and song here:

Walk With Me – The Big Autumn Tour!

April 26th 2016

Tour dates are now up for ‘Walk With Me – the Big Autumn Tour’ with special guest Megan Henwood. Reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. See ‘Live’ for tour dates!

“An irresistible, anthemic, rousing live show” Mark Radcliffe

“Multi instrumental virtuosity and stunning harmonies” Simon Mayo

“Classy multi instrumental and vocal work” The Guardian

“Always surprise and delight their audiences” R2 Magazine

“One of the leading forces in British folk” Acoustic Magazine”

Live on Simon Mayo Drivetime/Folk Awards

April 22nd 2016

Simon Mayo will be broadcasting on his Drivetime show from The Royal Albert Hall for the BBC R2 Folk Awards on Wed 27 Apr with live music from Show of Hands, and others including The Young’uns, Sam Lee and The Unthanks.



The Long Way Home

The landmark new release sees the band returning to their musical folk roots.

‘Immaculately packaged, beautifully produced, finely recorded' and ‘a thoughtful album of warm shades and lower temperature that sounds surprisingly…well…folkie’ - Colin Irwin, fRoots

Order your copy direct from us or here:


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"

The Independent

Nominated for Best Album 2016

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards