It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark, solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio.
Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting
with ‘No Secrets’ ‘Make the right noises’ ‘Battlefield Dance floor’ and ‘Dreckley’ all featuring on the forthcoming studio album. Steve and Phil have an unblemished track record when it comes to identification and encouragement of emerging talent on the music scene, and for their autumn tour they have enlisted Alden, Patterson and Dashwood – a striking combination of guitar, fiddle, dobro and voices (with Findlay Napier making an appearance on the Scottish dates).
Steve says, “We are thrilled for Miranda and Dan and while we’ll certainly miss Miranda on the tour it’s given us an opportunity to do things a little differently. Cormac is a sublime musician and his input adds a fresh edge to our sound. And as for Alden, Patterson and Dashwood – you’re going to love ‘em!”