“The duo returns with less anger and more music ranging from jazz shuffles to slide guitar baiting“:
On 2009’s banker-bashing Arrogance Ignorance And Greed, Steve Knightley sounded thinned out by anger. He has refound his voice here, whether on the home territory of “Cruel River” (the Dart) or on the Louisiana lament “Katrina”. The music ranges from a Richard-Thompson jazz shuffle on “Company Town” to slide guitar baiting Cecil Sharp on “Aunt Maria”; “Stop Copying Me” turns a suspicious eye on the life virtual and digital.
Bizarrely sandwiched between Jay-Z with Kanye West and the Best of INXS this is the first time a Show of Hands album has charted in the Top 75 of the Official Album Chart.
With alt-folk/acoustic acts like the Mumfords, Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Bellowhead (brilliant, guys) giving the X-Factored crowd a run for their money we’re in good company.
Thanks to all of you out there for buying the album and supporting us.
Steve & Phil live on BBC R Leeds 8pm tonight (Sunday 14 Oct) talking to Dave Crickmore on The Durbervilles Show.
Steve & Phil will be live on air on the Judi Spiers Show BBC R Devon after 11am Friday 5th October. They will be playing some songs and chatting about the new album Wake The Union and the upcoming show at The Great Hall Exeter Uni on Friday 19th October. Available on Listen Now for 7 days after transmission.
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
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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
Nominated for Best Album 2016BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards