No Secrets: A Visual History of Show of Hands – deluxe collectors edition book celebrating 25 years of Show of Hands. For the first time ever the extraordinary 25 year career of Britain’s most enigmatic multi-award winning duo is revealed through photographs and their own words. The book features exclusive and rare photographs, and has been collated and designed by Stylorouge, the agency responsible for Show of Hands album artwork.
‘This fabulous (and admirably weighty) tome is a lavishly illustrated souvenir book celebrating 25 years of “the most famous unknown band in Britain”… This book is a towering achievement….It pulls out all the stops in demonstrating the perfectionism and immaculate production values for which the duo has long been renowned.” FRoots
‘If you want a definition of ‘lavish’ then look no further… its the sort of coffee table book you expect superannuated rock bands to produce’ Dai Jeffries, RnR Magazine
Steve Knightley Songbook 1: 49 songs arranged by Steve Knightley, featuring Ah So1! All your Fault Armadas Beat About The Bush The Blind Fiddler The Blue Cockade Bonnie Light Horseman Captains Cars Caught in the Rain Class of Seventy Three Columbus (Didn't Find America) Day Has Come Don't It Feel Good Exile Friends The Galway Farmer The Hook of Love The Hunter I'll Put a Stake Through His Heart I Still Wait The Keeper The Last Picture Show Lovers, Never Friends Low Down in The Broome The Man in Green Man of War Nine Hundred Miles The Oak Poor Wayfaring Stranger The Preacher Ratcliffe Highway Safe As Houses Santiago See My Baby Again Shadows In the Dark Silver Dagger Sit You Down Six O Clock Waltz Solo Tall Ships Unlock Me Weary The Well Well Bred Clowns White Tribes Winter's Welcome Wolf At The Door Yankee Clipper
Songbook 5 based on ‘Wake the Union’, written to co-incide with his 2013 tour. Fourteen songs from Wake the Union plus six songs from ‘Live in Somerset’ and ‘Covers 2’ arranged for guitar by Matt Hamblin. With bonus material – ‘The Cuatro songs’ – seven tracks originally written and arranged for cuatro / ukulele.
Wake The Union: Haunt You Company Town Now You Know Katrina Cruel River Aunt Maria Coming Home Reunion Hill No Man's Land Home to a Million Thoughts Who Gets to Feel Good Stop Copying Me King of the World Thanks
Songs from 'Live in Somerset' & 'Covers 2' First & Last All Things Are Quite Silent John Harrison's Hands Hook of Love The Oakham Poachers You Stay Here
Cuatro Songs: The Preacher Flora Raining Again Tall Ship Story Reynardine Unlock Me Widecombe Fair
Phil Beer T-Shirt with ‘Plays guitar and fiddle, sings a bit’ on reverse. Available in black only. Sizes are: Small: width 46cm / length 71 cm Medium: width 51cm / length 74cm Large: width 56cm / length 76cm XL: width 61cm / length 79cm XXL: width 66cm / length 81cm XXXL: width 71cm / length 84cm
It seems like only a few days ago that we were preparing for our Royal Albert Hall concert back in April – we had such a good evening and we hope you did too. We had some lovely photos taken by Rex Preston and thought a calendar would be a lovely reminder of this fantastic event
Albums (come with download code)
1 All at Sea - Steve Knightley 2 Undertow - Steve Knightley 3 Ratcliffe Highway - Trad. Arr. Steve Knightley 4 The Boys of Summer - Don Henley / Michael Campbell - Wild Gator Music 5 You’re Mine - Steve Knightley 6 Tall Ship Story - Steve Knightley 7 Drake - Steve Knightley 8 Breme (Fell at Hastings) - Steve Knightley 9 The Dive - Steve Knightley 10 The Downeaster Alexa - Billy Joel - Universal Music 11 The Preacher - Steve Knightley 12 The Bristol Slaver - Steve Knightley 13 Captains - Steve Knightley 14 The Rocks - Steve Knightley 15 Sitting on the Dock of the Bay - Otis Reading / Steve Cropper - Irving Music 16 The Napoli - Steve Knightley 17 Tall Ships - Steve Knightley 18 Roots - Steve Knightley
Track List: 1. Breme Fell At Hastings (Steve Knightley) 2. Hallows Eve (Chris Hoban) 3. Hambledon Fair (Trad Arr. Knightley) Tune – Portsdown Hill (Knightley) 4. The Long Way Home (Knightley) 5. Keep Hauling (Andrew Cadie) 6. ‘Twas On One April’s Morning (Trad Arr. Knightley/Phil Beer) Tune – Isca Rose (Knightley) 7. Sweet Bella (Knightley) 8. The Old Lych Way (Hoban) 9. Walk With me (When The Sun Goes Down) (Knightley) 10. Virginia (Trad Arr. Knightley/Beer) 11. John Harrisons’ Hands (Dick McGaughan/Brian McNeil) 12. Mesopotamia (Knightley)
With Guest Musicians: Miranda Sykes, Jackie Oates, Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin, Chris Hoban, Michael Wood, Ange Hardy, Jack Knightley, Bridge Inn Shandymen (Paul Downes, Chris Hoban, John Redmond, Mick Ryan and Mark Tucker), Mark Tucker Artwork by Stylorouge Photography by Rob O Connor
In 2014 Steve decided to spend some time away from the usual concert and theatre circuit and present a one man show in village halls throughout the length and breadth of England. Off the Beaten Track is the set list for the opening months of that tour, recorded in one take without edits or overdubs.
- Widecombe Fair
- Cruel River
- Hook of Love
- Red Diesel
- She’s Gone
- Broomfield Hill
- Raining Again
- ‘Twas on One April’s Morning
- Come By
- Yeovil Town
- Try / Boots of Spanish Leather
- Country Life
Released in 2012, this album beautifully balances the English and North American influences which lie at the heart of Show of Hands music. Born out of the band’s love of the acoustic and roots music of both countries, the CD is a journey through the heart of two landscapes united by a common tongue and musical heritage. A touch of Folk, a hint of Blues and a tiny pinch of Country are all here. Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman, BJ Cole, Andy Cutting, Paul Sartin, Cormac Byrne, Leonard Podolak, Paul Downes, Phil Henry, Hannah Martin, Rex Preston and Jenna have all been enlisted to help us kick-start the old Ford Mustang down the A303 on its journey West! As ever, Miranda adds her wonderful double bass and vocals.
Track Listing: 1. Haunt You (Knightley/Lakeman) 2. CompanyTown (Knightley) 3. Now You Know (Knightley) 4. Katrina (Hoban) 5. Cruel River (Knightley) 6. Aunt Maria (Knightley / Cecil Sharpe Project) 7. Coming Home (Knightley) 8. Reunion Hill (Shindell) 9. No Mans Land (Knightley) 10. Seven Curses (Dylan) 11. Home To A Million Thoughts (Knightley) 12. Who Gets To Feel Good (Knightley) 13. Stop Copying Me (Knightley) 14. King of The World (Knightley) 15. Thanks (Knightley/Gilbert)
In Summer 2011 the ‘Longdogs’ were asked to select twenty songs they would most like to hear performed and re-recorded. A temporary recording studio was set up in deepest Suffolk at the house of our good friends Richard & Lin Patterson, and Steve and Phil took on the task of capturing eighteen of the songs in just two days with the help of engineer and producer Mark Tucker. A ‘house concert’ on the second night was recorded and there are three live songs from this session on the second CD. The songs are recorded simply with no extras, effects or overdubs.
Track Listing CD1 1. Cold Frontier (Knightley) 2. The Bristol Slaver (Knightley) 3. High Germany (Trad. Arr. Knightley/Beer) 4. Captains (Knightley) 5. The Oak (Knightley) 6. Armadas (Knightley) 7. Cold Heart of England (Knightley) 8. The Preacher (Knightley) 9. The Warlike Lads of Russia (Trad. Arr. Nic Jones)
Track Listing CD2 1. Crazy Boy (Knightley) 2. Cut-throats, Crooks and Con-Men- Live (Knightley) 3. Don’t It Feel Good (Knightley) 4. Man Of War – Live (Knightley) 5. Roaring Water Bay (John Richards) 6. Sit You Down (Knightley) 7. Unlock Me – Live (Knightley) 8. The Man In Green (Knightley) 9. You’re Mine (Knightley)
Debut live solo album from the feted Show of Hands songwriter and frontman, recorded at a former 19th century Somerset church. Steve Knightley has been hailed as one of England’s greatest singer- songwriters and won the Best Original Song title for ‘Arrogance Ignorance and Greed’ at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. ‘Live in Somerset’ follows on from Knightley’s stunningly sparse solo album ‘Cruel River’ (2007) and ‘Track of Words Retraced’ (2009). It was recorded at The David Hall in the village of South Petherton – a 19th century former Congregational church which Knightley describes as “a little gem.” The 15-track album melds classic Knightley originals with his unique take on some traditional folk songs.
A decade after the first ‘Covers’ album was released, the band recorded a second CD of cover versions of the songs that have occasionally featured in live shows. It was recorded in three sessions in October and intentionally stays very close to the ‘live-trio’ sound with minimal overdubs and production changes. Recorded in 2010
Track Listing 1. You Stay Here – Richard Shindell 2. Youngstown – Bruce Springsteen 3. Dakota – Kelly Jones 4. Boys of Sumer – Don Henley 5. The Devils Right Hand – Steve Earle 6. Tunnel of Love – Mark Knopfler 7. Secret World – Peter Gabriel 8. 2-4-6-8 Motorway – Tom Robinson 9. King Of El Paso – Box Scaggs 10. Cocaine Blues – Rev. Gary Davis 11. First And Last – Ros Carrock 12. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley 13. AIG 2 – Steve Knightley
Steve Knightley takes the unusual step of revisiting – and re-recording – his first solo album a decade after its original release to offer a less produced, more mature perspective on songs of personal turmoil and political tumult. There’s a reason why Knightley has been called, ”one of England’s greatest singer-songwriters” and you’ll find evidence enough of his obvious abilities in these nakedly honest songs of hurt and hope.
Originally released over a decade ago, Steve Knightley has re-traced this album, giving it a stripped back, more acoustic feel than its original “radio friendly” release.
- Running Away
- You’re Mine
- Rush of Blood
- Track of Words
- Faith in you
- Cold Heart of England
- Look at Me
- Face in the Frame
- It wasn’t You
- Caught in the Rain
- Pain Away
- Broken Bonus Track – Rock You to Sleep
Steve Knightley stripped bare. One of the best songwriters of his generation with minimal backing, just the driving rhythm of strummed cuatro or tenor guitar. 1. Raining Again 3:14 2. Poppy Day 3:51 3. All Quiet On The Western Front 3:53 4. Tall Ship Story 4:19 5. She’s Gone 3:21 6. Cruel River 4:38 7. The Rocks 3:19 8. Tout Va Bien? 3:35 9. Transported 4:29 10. Caragana Wind 3:48 11. Crooked Man ’07 4:27 12. Romeo and Juliet 6:11
Released in 2006, and mixed by Simon Emmerson of the Afro Celts. Also features guest appearances by Seth Lakeman, Tom Robinson, and of course Miranda Sykes.
Track Listing: 1. Witness (Knightley) 2. Roots (Knightley) 3. The Dive (Knightley) 4. The Falmouth Packet (Phil Beer)/ Haul Away Joe (Trad arr. Knightley/Beer) 5. Undertow (Knightley) 6. If I needed someone (Harrison) 7. Innocents Song (poem by Charles Causley, music by Johnny Coppen) / Gwithian (Phil Beer) 8. Union Street (Last Post) (Knightley/Clifford) 9. The Bet (Knightley) 10. Ink Devil (Knightley) 11. Scratch (Knightley) 12. All I’d Ever Lost (Knightley)
The Show Of Hands tour in Autumn 2004 featured special guest Miranda Sykes on double bass & vocals. This double CD was originally intended as a souvenir recording solely for the fans attending the concerts but has been so well received that it has now become an important part of the Show of Hands catalogue.
- Old Riley
- All My Loves Laughter
- Glouchester Hornpipe/Off To California
- Fire In The Hole
- Alex Pattersons Return
- The Holy Brook
- Varso Vianna
- Our Lady The Wall
- Lizzie's Set
- Telling Me Lies
- Acadian Driftwood
- Mampy Moose/Brilliant Pebbles/Philip Brunels
- Vive L'amour/Masters Of This Hall
- Abroad For Pleasure
- Flowers Of The Forest/When This Bloody War Is Over
Show Of Hands are England’s most successful acoustic roots duo – Steve Knightley and Phil Beer. Their widespread appeal is based on the combined power of Steve’s original songs, the quality of their vocals and harmonies, and their multi-instrumental virtuosity. Their performances feature guitars, mandocello, fiddle, cuatro, viola and concertina. In 2003 they were nominated as both ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Live Act’ at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. “Country Life” is their most ambitious and exciting project to date. The keenly awaited new studio album of 13 original songs includes a bonus ‘enhanced CD’ featuring the promotional video for the title track and footage of Show of Hands live at the Royal Albert Hall. This in a smartly packaged, eight-fold digipack with a 12 page illustrated lyric booklet.
Disc: 1 1. Country Life (Knightley) 2. Hard Shoulder (Knightley) 3. Suntrap (Knightley) 4. Smile She Said (Knightley) 5. Reynardine (Knightley, lyrics trad) 6. Seven Days (Knightley, Witts) 7. Tommy (Phelps) 8. Be Lucky (Knightley) 9. Drake (Knightley) 10. I Promise You (Knightley) 11. Adieu, Sweet Lovely Nancy (Knightley) 12. Red Diesel (Knightley) 13. Don’t Be a Stranger (Knightley)
Disc: 2 1. Country Life – The Promo CD
Produced in 2003, The Path is an instrumental journey around the West Country coastline. 2003 marked the Silver Jubilee of the South West Coast Path and as part of the celebrations Show of Hands recorded their first ever instrumental album – a series of musical portraits of key locations around our beautiful coastline.
Track Listing: 1. Foreland Point (Knightley) 2. Braunton Burrows (Downes) 3. Buck’s Mills (Clifford) 4. Port Isaac (Knightley) 5. Carbis Bay (Beer) 6. Lands’ End (Knightley) 7. Lamorna Cave (Downes) 8. Pendennis Castle (Beer) 9. Charlestown (Clifford) 10. Rame Head (Knightley) 11. Hallsands (Clifford) 12. Paignton (Knightley) 13. The Exe Estuary (Knightley) 14. Lyme Regis (Beer) 15. Golden Cap (Knightley/Beer) 16. The Foreland – Reprise (Knightley)
Recorded at the Bull Hotel in Bridport in 1992. Tracks include some great early Knightley originals, along with a version of the ‘Blind Fiddler’ and ‘Exile’, a duet with Polly Bolton.
Track Listing: 1. Silver Dagger (Trad) 2. Blind Fiddler (Trad) 3. Don’t It Feel Good (Knightley) 4. I Still Wait (Knightley) 5. Exile (Knightley) 6. Yankee Clipper (Trad) 7. Man Of War (Knightley) 8. Bonnie Light Horseman (Trad) 9. I’ll Put A Stake Through His Heart (Knightley) 10. Low Down In The Broome (Trad) 11. Six O’Clock Waltz (Knightley) 12. Sit You Down (Knightley) 13. Wolf At The Door (Knightley) 14. Caught In The Rain (Knightley / Clifford) 15. Santiago (Knightley) 16. It’s All Your Fault (Knightley)
Recorded in 1997 in Cornwall and includes ‘The Shout’, ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘Longdog’ and the beautiful duet with Chris While, ‘Dark Fields’.
Track Listing: 1. Cousin Jack 2. Longdog 3. The Shout 4. Wessex Medley - Carrick Roads / Plum Pudding / The Rocky Road to Chudleigh 5. Dark Fields 6. The Train 7. Flora 8. Crazy Boy 9. The Warlike Lads of Russia 10. Farewell Angelina 11. The Bristol Slaver 12. High Germany 13. The Train (reprise)
Lie of the Land is Show of Hands’ second studio album featuring ‘The Preacher’, ‘Captains’ and ‘Exile’. Produced in 1995, engineered and mixed by Gerard O’ Farrell, the album features Sarah Allen on whistle, Matt Clifford on piano and keyboards and Nick Scott on pipes. Voted ‘Q’ magazine ‘Folk Album of the Year’ in 1997. Track Listing: The Hunter (Knightley) Unlock Me (Knightley) The Well (Knightley) The Keeper (Knightley) Captains (Knightley) Weary (Knightley) Ratcliffe Highway (Trad. arr. Knightley/Beer) Safe as Houses (Knightley) The Man in Green (Knightley) The Preacher (Knightley) M Ferguson (Trad. arr. Knightley/Beer) Exile (Knightley)
Produced from the Albert Hall gig on 24 March 1996, and featuring the guest musicians Matt Clifford, Sally Barker, Sarah Allen, Vladimir Vega, Biddy Blythe and Nick Scott.
Track Listing 1. Columbus (Didn’t Find America) (Knightley) 2. Day Has Come (Knightley) 3. The Preacher (Knightley) 4. Cutthroats, Crooks and Con-Men (Knightley) 5. The Blue Cockade (Trad. Arr. Knightley/Beer) 6. Exile (Knightley) 7. The Man in Green (Knightley) 8. The Dove (Jacques Beel) 9. The Well ( Knightley) 10. The Hunter (Knightley) 11. Captains (Knightley) 12. The Blind Fiddler (Knightley) 13. Santiago (Knightley) 14. The Galway Farmer (Knightley) 15. Time After Time (Knightley)
Show of Hands
Recorded in 1997 in Cornwall and includes ‘The Shout’, ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘Longdog’ and the beautiful duet with Chris While, ‘Dark Fields’.
Where We're Bound - the set list album
Show of Hands
Seven Yellow Gypsies
My True Love
Banks of Newfoundland
Hook of Love
The Man in Green
The Setting / Mary from Dungloe
The Bristol Slaver
The Train / Blackwaterside