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Show of Hands Family Festival at Abbotsbury 2015

February 3rd 2015

The date for this years’ Abbotsbury Festival is confirmed as 4th July 2015 – put it in your diary now!

Show of Hands at Abbotsbury


If you haven’t been to Abbotsbury before, this is a great chance to get all the atmosphere of a festival without the crowds! Limited to just 1000 people, and with a line up specially selected by Show of Hands, this is a great one day family friendly event based between Weymouth and Bridport in Dorset.


This year is the 250th anniversary of the establishment of Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens so we have teamed up with them to offer ticket holders some fabulous extras:

  • The 250th ticket purchased will receive a meal voucher worth £50 (food and soft/hot drinks only) to spend in the restaurant on Saturday 4 July 2015
  • ALL wristband holders can gain FREE entry to the Swannery and Abbotsbury Childrens Farm on both 4th and 5th July 2015 (valued at over £20 per person!)
  • There will also be wristband spot prizes announced on the day, including
    1 x annual family pass (2 adults + 3 children) to Abbotsbury worth £75, 1 x four pack of Abbotsbury new 250th anniversary beer and 1 x £10 gift voucher to spend in the garden shop

Tickets are available from the Abbotsbury Tourism here

Further Information:
The Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens are a fabulous place to visit in their own right. They were established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle and have been developed since then into a magnificent 30 acres filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess.

For more information on the beautiful region of Abbotsbury, including places to stay and where to eat see:
Map of Abbotsbury Village area

Songlines Magazine – last opportunity to vote for ‘Best Group’

January 27th 2015

SOH have been nominated in the Best Group category of the Songlines Magazine Music Awards. Voting closes on Saturday 31 January so place your vote by then to be in with the chance of winning tickets to this year’s WOMAD. Click here to Vote

Also the SOH album ‘Witness’ features in Songline’s Essential 10 Protest Singers feature, click on link below to see the full list.

Best Group Nomination – Songlines Magazine Music Awards 2015

January 12th 2015

We are pleased to say that Show of Hands has been nominated in the Songlines 2015 Music Awards for Best Group. The deadline for voting is 31st January 2015, and all voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to WOMAD Charlton Park (July 23-26 2015), plus there are 10 runner’s up prizes of the Songlines Music Awards 2014 CD featuring all of last year’s winners and nominees.

It would be great to win this award so if you can spare 10 seconds, do click on the link below and vote!
Many thanks.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

December 22nd 2014

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas & a Wonderful New Year. Thanks for all the great support during the year for our joint and solo activities. See you in 2015.
All the best,
Steve Phil Miranda and all the crew.
Merry Xmas

One for the diary – SOH on the radio Monday 29 December

December 15th 2014

A first studio recording of the song ‘Hallow’s Eve’ will feature on a special BBC Radio 2 journey through seasonal folk music hosted by fellow-Devonian Seth Lakeman. Broadcast 10pm-midnight Monday 29 December further details will appear here





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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"

The Independent

"Voted Best Duo and the Best Original Song"

2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards