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SHOW OF HANDS is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
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What people are saying about Show Of Hands

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great gig in a wonderful location I went to this gig and saw so many friends all enjoying the event. The venue was very good with great effects and acoustics. The line up for Show of Hands with new percussionist added a great dimension and the set was a balance of songs old and new. Always good to see them perform, whilst seeing them as solo artists Phil and Steve together is good together is at least two steps up. Roll on next year and another tour
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chuffin' brilliant. As susal.... I’ve seen Show of Hands loads of times, going back to the mid-90s, when I first saw them supporting Pentangle (and they were much more fun than the headliners….). These days, they tour more regularly in my direction (Brighton), and I see them most years. This gig was at St George’s Church in Kemp Town, not renowned for decent sound or sightlines, but we queued up early and got near the front. Support was a trio from Norwich, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood. Great voices and harmonies, very good fiddle, interesting “traditional” lap-style dobro… Relatively new, they clearly have a future. But Show of Hands… wow. I was a bit disappointed because resident bull-fiddle spanker Miranda Sykes wasn’t there (feeble excuse – she’s just had a baby…), but she was replaced by impish (literally – he looks about 17…) percussionist Cormac Byrne, who was superb on cajon and bodhran and assorted cymbals. The show began with Cousin Jack, normally a crowd-pleasing closer, but it had the effect of getting the clued-up audience belting out the choruses from the off, something reinforced by the ever-popular Country Life in the No 2 slot. The rest of the evening just flew by in a haze of onstage badinage and anecdote, old favourites (Santiago, Cold Frontier), some new interjections (Cornish reggae, anyone?), finally culminating in another crowd-pleaser, the Galway Farmer (stupendous fiddle from Mr Beer). Encore, of course - a mashup of The Train and Blackwaterside. It was a brilliant evening, just flew by, ended far too soon. They talked about coming out as a 4-piece next year, with Miranda and Cormac, and I shall be first in line for tickets for that one.
Date published: 2018-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent concert Went with my husband to see Show of hands. They were brilliant could have listened to them for hours
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best I’ve seen them The Union Chapel is an excellent venue and Show of Hands were on great form. We thought they were as good if not better than we had ever seen them before and we have seen them a number of times. It could be because having a percussionist gave them an extra dimension. As it was raining we got in a good deal quicker than normal, for which the organisers should be applauded. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Union Chapel, Islington As a veteran of SoH gigs I might be forgiven for occasional lack of total enthusiasm but nothing could have been further from the truth last night! Augmented by sometime Seth Lakeman Percussionist Cormac Byrne, the arrangements of familiar songs took on new energy. I had invited three SoH "Virgins", all musicians themselves, so for them to have witnessed such a stupendous gig was doubly gratifying. Opening with Cousin Jack and (I think) Country Life, they got two crowd pleasers under their belts straight away but what followed was no less exciting. The varying styles came and went. Finally The Train segued into Blackwaterside, a version of which can be seen on their Big Gig dvd from a 2001show, but this carried an extended instrumental which was a sea of acoustic music. Stunning. Go and see them on this tour whether you have seen them before or not. Apparently double bass player Miranda Sykes will join this line up in Bridport (date unknown) and that might even top this if that is possible! Don't think I need to add any more.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pavilion Exmouth SOH were brill as ever. They are very accomplished and made the whole thing look easy. The Pavilion didn't perhaps have the atmosphere of the cathedrals that they toured but it's huge benefit was that it was next door to the Prem Inn where we were staying.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Show of Hands It was a fantastic end of tour show, by one of the best Roots Band in the country
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant as ever! Shame about the beyond the back row brigade! Second time we have been to Show of Hands in Norwich - and many more elsewhere. Steve and Phil and Melinda really rise to this venue - it an old Barclays Bank trading floor (great for AGI) and has terrific acoustics. Norwich seems to love them as much as we do. One issue for the venue however is the "beyond the back row bunch" - obviously fans as they simply cannot stop talking loudly right through the numbers! So given the slightly less perfect acoustics 'under the balcony' maybe the management could persuade the boozy standing brigade to find some seats?
Date published: 2015-11-09
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