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Author Topic: Show of Hands - On Tour and with a new Album 'Witness'  (Read 45162 times)
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« Reply #40 on: May 03, 2006, 02:13:56 PM »

Phil said it'd be 'at least a couple of months' when I asked him at Fareham over Easter.
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« Reply #41 on: May 06, 2006, 03:09:33 PM »

They were superb last night at Dartford, the on-stage banter and jokes were fun, songs were played from the new album Witness, together with older material. With Miranda Sykes they were awesome, and the unaccompanied Widdecombe Fair is so good too showing what a great voice Steve has. Tall Ships and  Blue Cockade were amazing, such great harmonies but the best for me is always The Setting/Mary from Dungloe.

Love the new songs, Union Street, and of course Dive and Roots are on 'Witness' too - a very good album indeed!  Grin
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« Reply #42 on: May 08, 2006, 10:06:00 PM »


  I defy anyone not to become a fan for life after a SoH gig.

I know someone who isn't!!

Not me.. I am..  Grin

I wonder if I will be.  Seeing them for the first time on Thursday at The Elgiva (unless you include their high-class 'busking' at Swarbaid the other year!) Wink
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« Reply #43 on: May 08, 2006, 10:13:29 PM »

OH MAJ I remember that brilliant busking session...  what a night that was!!!

Hope you will LOVE them  Grin Grin
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« Reply #44 on: May 09, 2006, 12:08:04 AM »

Well, I thought Country Life was their best album for a very long time and it would be extremely hard to better it.

Yet again SOH manage it and have produced (so far) my album of the year in Witness.

If you haven't bought it yet folks then why are you waiting. Steve Knightley's writing gets better by the song and the arrangements are simply stunning.

Oh, and if its still there as a download then wander over to the longdogs site and download the interview/question answering session Steve K did over 2 sessions in December and January. It provides an excellent insight into SOH and something Fairport might think of copying.

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« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2006, 11:54:06 PM »

Just back from the Chesham gig.  Fabulous.  They performed most of Witness plus favourites like Country Life, Tall Ships etc.  The vocal harmonies between the guys and Miranda were superb.   I liked the troubadour touch at the beginning of part 2 when they did Widecombe Fair, Steve walking through the audience and then Phil appearing from the back playing fiddle.  At one point he stopped right by the side of me.  Good to watch his playing so close at hand.

Something very satisfying about going to gig of such polished and talented musicians.

Met them after - which was erm, interesting.  Money well spent in my opinion and worth the wait.   
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« Reply #46 on: May 12, 2006, 09:10:59 AM »

Welcome to the converts MAJ.

Glad they are still doing Widdicombe fair like that, it is a real shivers down the spine moment. Spoiled slightly at Havant Arts Centre due to a noisy back door  Roll Eyes

Phil is a brilliant fiddle player, and a pretty mean guitarist as well.

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« Reply #47 on: May 12, 2006, 10:07:24 AM »

Welcome to the converts MAJ.

Glad they are still doing Widdicombe fair like that, it is a real shivers down the spine moment. Spoiled slightly at Havant Arts Centre due to a noisy back door  Roll Eyes

Phil is a brilliant fiddle player, and a pretty mean guitarist as well.

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Actually, Phil genuinely doesn't think he's that good and certainly not a pure fiddle player - as a guitarist, he feels he filters it all through the guitar first.

So that's brilliant AND modest.
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« Reply #48 on: May 12, 2006, 10:13:51 AM »

Thats the thing with SoH
its not modesty, just understated competence.
they are without a doubt two of the most accomplished operators on the circuit.
but do not get that "guitar/fiddle/mandochelo god" label that some artists have.
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« Reply #49 on: May 12, 2006, 10:19:05 AM »

The great thing about Phil is the way he just sits back at a Show of Hands gig and obviously enjoys the music. I think he is great on the fiddle and the guitar. It has been nice the last couple of SoH gigs that I have seen that Steve has made him do a solo spot.

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« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2006, 10:22:36 AM »

And isn't Phil doing Innocents Song from the new album one of the most spinechilling live songs you've heard in years - and it features Steve on bass viloin as well!
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« Reply #51 on: May 12, 2006, 10:43:50 AM »

The great thing about Phil is the way he just sits back at a Show of Hands gig and obviously enjoys the music.

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......and doesnt he just have some brilliant facial expressions too!  Grin
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« Reply #52 on: May 12, 2006, 12:48:35 PM »


Met them after - which was erm, interesting. 

Are you talking about the height difference or was Steve a bit distracted - he does seem to need to wind down a bit after, completely the opposite to Phil. I'm sure Steve's really nice when he's relaxed though.
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« Reply #53 on: May 12, 2006, 02:28:40 PM »

I've always found them really pleasant after the gig: one occasion when I wanted both to sign a CD, Phil went to find Steve, and another Steve trotted accross a crowded foyer so I could snap them together for a friend who couldn't make it.
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« Reply #54 on: May 12, 2006, 05:59:11 PM »

I love Phil's singing voice. The more he does the better  Grin
Not that there is anything wrong with that of the wonderful Mr Knightley, of course.  Wink
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Met them after - which was erm, interesting. 

Are you talking about the height difference or was Steve a bit distracted - he does seem to need to wind down a bit after, completely the opposite to Phil. I'm sure Steve's really nice when he's relaxed though.

I'm sure he is but if he needs this "wind down" period after a gig then he shouldn't come out to face his public and be so dismissive and disinterested in what they have to say.  Phil was a gentleman and friendly and Miranda was quietly dignified.  Enough said.

They are all very talented and I love the music.  It's just a shame that (in my opinion) Steve spoils it by being so arrogant.

I think Phil's double CD will be next for my plastic friend to help me out with!
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« Reply #56 on: May 14, 2006, 12:48:19 AM »



I think Phil's double CD will be next for my plastic friend to help me out with!

Its worth it Maj, a triffic double CD, I can thoroughly recommend it.
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I think Phil's double CD will be next for my plastic friend to help me out with!

Its worth it Maj, a triffic double CD, I can thoroughly recommend it.

I'll second that, it really is a gem of an album. One cd of songs, one of instrumentals, excellent value and quality.
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« Reply #58 on: May 14, 2006, 12:37:09 PM »

Steve Knightly is a nice fella. he e-mailed me once when I was having a tough day at work in london and posted on longdogs board.
that gets my vote every time.

sides should'nt the arty types have a bit of attitude??
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« Reply #59 on: May 14, 2006, 01:14:32 PM »

What's the title of Phil's double cd please.. not sure if I have it..
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