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Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi instrumentalists. Without frills or fanfares they have carved a unique niche built on a carefully constructed cottage industry and become one of the most in-demand bands on the circuit.

An alchemist couldn’t have come up with a more potent, magical mix than that of Phil Beer, who can, as The Scotsman observed, “play nearly every stringed instrument known to man” and the inspired Steve Knightley, described by broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of England’s greatest singer songwriters”.

With its arresting cover of a felled marionette, Battlefield Dance Floor is their 18th studio album. 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 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.

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27 September 2019
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Upcoming Tour Dates

Date City Venue Country
Wednesday, 30th October 2019 Honiton The Beehive United Kingdom
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 Harrogate Royal Hall United Kingdom
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Friday, 1st November 2019 Doncaster Cast United Kingdom
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Saturday, 2nd November 2019 Durham Gala Theatre United Kingdom
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Thursday, 7th November 2019 Swansea Brangwyn Hall United Kingdom
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Friday, 8th November 2019 Bath The Forum United Kingdom
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Saturday, 9th November 2019 Yeovil Westlands United Kingdom
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Wednesday, 13th November 2019 Shrewsbury Theatre Severn United Kingdom
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Thursday, 14th November 2019 Norwich Epic Studios United Kingdom
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Friday, 15th November 2019 Dorking Dorking Halls United Kingdom
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Saturday, 16th November 2019 Salisbury City Hall United Kingdom
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Wednesday, 20th November 2019 Portsmouth New Theatre Royal United Kingdom
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Thursday, 21st November 2019 St Albans The Alban Arena United Kingdom
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Friday, 22nd November 2019 Islington, London Union Chapel United Kingdom
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion United Kingdom
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Sunday, 24th November 2019 Aylesbury Aylesbury Waterside Theatre United Kingdom
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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
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Friday, 29th November 2019 Lincoln The Engine Shed United Kingdom
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Saturday, 30th November 2019 Leicester Haymarket Theatre United Kingdom
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Friday, 6th December 2019 Exmouth Exmouth Pavilion United Kingdom
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 Exmouth Exmouth Pavilion United Kingdom
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 Exmouth Exmouth Pavilion United Kingdom
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