Top folk trio tip their hand

CELEBRATION: Show of Hands - Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes. Photo contributed.
CELEBRATION: Show of Hands - Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes. Photo contributed.

SHOW of Hands return to Buxton next week at the start of a 28-date UK tour, showcasing their first major studio album in three years, Wake the Union.

In the 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 stand-out double bass player and vocalist.

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

And on the second night of the tour, Thursday October 11 at 7.30pm, Show of Hands will be returning to one of their favourite venues, Buxton Opera House.

The tour will mark a reunion for Knightley and Podolak, who were two of the songwriters involved in the recent Cecil Sharp Project, commissioned by Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Wake the Union, the 19th album on the band’s own Hands On label, will be released on October 15, as the tour gets underway.

It is the first key studio album since the applauded Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, the title song of which clinched the Best Original Song award for Knightley at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, where Show of Hands also won the Best Duo accolade.

Tickets, priced £18 and £16, are available on 0845 127 2190 or at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.