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A Show of Hands

Show of Hands set off on a 28-date UK tour in October which includes a stop at The Corn Exchange, Ipswich on Wednesday 14th November. They will be showcasing their first major studio album in three years, Wake the Union.

In the celebratory 20th year of their formidable partnership, award-winning singer songwriter Steve Knightley and multi instrumental wizard Phil Beer will be back on the road with regular guest Miranda Sykes, the standout double bass player and vocalist.

The quadruple Albert Hall sell-out band are delighted to announce special guests for the tour in the shape of North American duo Leonard Podolak and Matt Gordon.

The tour will mark a reunion for Steve Knightley and special guest Leonard Podolak, who were two of the songwriters involved in the recent Cecil Sharp Project, commissioned by Shrewsbury Folk Festival – performances of the finished work served as Podolak’s introduction to the UK folk scene.

Podolak is best known for his work with the Juno/Grammy award-winning Canadian band The Duhks and is an acclaimed five-string claw hammer banjo player. His partnership with fiddler, clog dancer and harmonica player Matt Gordon, who took part in the London debut of Riverdance, promises a lively entertainment-packed opener for the Show of Hands tour. The audience will-be treated to a set of old-time traditional fiddle and banjo music, punctuated by outbreaks of clog dancing and “hamboning” (traditional African American body percussion!)

Wake the Union, the 19th album on the band’s own Hands On label was released on October 15th, just as the tour got underway.

Celebrating both English and North American music it is described as “a journey through the heart of two landscapes united by a common tongue and musical heritage”. It is the first key studio album since the applauded Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, the still topical title song of which clinched the Best Original Song award for Knightley at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where they also won the Best Duo accolade.

Featuring guest musicians from the cream of British folk the album is produced by Mark Tucker, who also produced the duo’s Backlog 2 album.

• Tickets and booking information is available from The Corn Exchange Box Office on 01473 433100

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