With its arresting cover of a felled marionette, Battlefield Dance Floor is the 18th studio album from Proper Records latest signing and one of the most prized acts on the folk roots circuit, Show of Hands.
The 13-track album, their first key release in more than three years, brings eight keenly awaited new songs (and a co-write) from the pen of Steve Knightley, widely acknowledged as one of the country’s most inspired and original songwriters.
Phil Beer is the ‘master decorator’ of the songs – a brilliant, consummate multi-instrumentalist while long term third member Miranda Sykes is back on board with her eloquent double bass and vocals after her sabbatical – and Cormac Byrne and his feted percussion skills (witnessed on last autumn’s UK tour) bring a vibrant fresh dimension to the party.
Rolling Stones collaborator Matt Clifford adds his keyboard skills to some tracks and an impromptu collective known as The Bridge Hill Shanty Men are the icing on the cake, weighing in with rousing choruses.
Possibly their most commercial release to date, Battlefield Dance Floor is an exuberant, lush, full-blooded album co-produced by the in-demand Mark Tucker and Knightley. It's an album of broad brushstrokes which mixes songs of despair and displacement, emphatic songs, tongue-in-cheek songs, poignant songs and carefully chosen covers into a classic Show of Hands package with wide appeal. It’s an album that successfully melds vintage Show of Hands and brand new material, infusing influences old and new and this time – as a four strong band – with even greater depth and panache.
Says Steve: “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty five years!”
Show of Hands will showcase songs from Battlefield Dance Floor on their 22-date autumn-winter tour of England and Wales, find all of the dates below.
2. Battlefield Dance Floor
3. Just Enough To Lose
4. Mother Tongue
5. You'll Get By
7. First We Take Manhattan
8. Make The Right Noises
10. Next Best Western
11. Swift And Bold
12. My True Love
13. No Secrets
Vinyl bonus tracks: Jenny's Waltz/Gwennap/Breakfast For Altan and Along The Lanes And O'er The Lea
Upcoming Tour Dates
|Wednesday, 30th October 2019||Honiton||The Beehive||United Kingdom|
|Thursday, 31st October 2019||Harrogate||Royal Hall||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 1st November 2019||Doncaster||Cast||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 2nd November 2019||Durham||Gala Theatre||United Kingdom|
|Thursday, 7th November 2019||Swansea||Brangwyn Hall||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 8th November 2019||Bath||The Forum||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 9th November 2019||Yeovil||Westlands||United Kingdom|
|Wednesday, 13th November 2019||Shrewsbury||Theatre Severn||United Kingdom|
|Thursday, 14th November 2019||Norwich||Epic Studios||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 15th November 2019||Dorking||Dorking Halls||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 16th November 2019||Salisbury||City Hall||United Kingdom|
|Venue phone: 01722 434434. Buy Tickets|
|Wednesday, 20th November 2019||Portsmouth||New Theatre Royal||United Kingdom|
|Thursday, 21st November 2019||St Albans||The Alban Arena||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 22nd November 2019||Islington, London||Union Chapel||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 23rd November 2019||Bexhill||De La Warr Pavilion||United Kingdom|
|Sunday, 24th November 2019||Aylesbury||Aylesbury Waterside Theatre||United Kingdom|
|Wednesday, 27th November 2019||Birmingham||Birmingham Town Hall||United Kingdom|
|Address: Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ. Venue phone: 0121 780 3333. Buy Tickets|
|Thursday, 28th November 2019||Cheltenham||Cheltenham Town Hall||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 29th November 2019||Lincoln||The Engine Shed||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 30th November 2019||Leicester||Haymarket Theatre||United Kingdom|
|Friday, 6th December 2019||Exmouth||Exmouth Pavilion||United Kingdom|
|Saturday, 7th December 2019||Exmouth||Exmouth Pavilion||United Kingdom|