Show Of Hands

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 2000s

Biography

Formed in 1987, folk duo Phil Beer (12 May 1953, Exminster, Devon, England; fiddle, mandolin, mando-cello, quatro) and Steve Knightley (b. 30 April 1954, Southampton, Hampshire, England; guitar, mando-cello) play mainly self-composed acoustic material. Beer’s multi-instrumental virtuosity is much in-demand and, besides playing a session for the Rolling Stones, he has toured with Mike Oldfield and Johnny Coppin, and was a member of the Arizona Smoke Revue and the Albion Band. Knightley’s roots are in London rock bands, and he now writes much of Show Of Hands’ material and is their principal vocalist.

The first Show Of Hands releases were three cassettes, the best of which was subsequently compiled on the Backlog 1987-1991 CD. Show Of Hands was released in February 1987 to coincide with the duo’s first tour. The track ‘Tall Ships’ on Tall Ships/Six O’Clock Waltz is a 22-minute work, initially commissioned in...

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