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Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England.

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‘Centenary’ – available on pre-order from Amazon now

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Centenary: Words & Music of the Great War – A unique collaboration with Jim Carter & Imelda Staunton.

CENTENARY-FRONTCOVER-1500x1500pxLast year Steve and Phil were asked by Ian Brown, who manages their old mates ‘Fisherman’s Friends’, if they would be interested in a major recording project to commemorate the Centenary of the Great War. So, since Christmas Steve and Phil have been working on a double album – ‘Centenary: Words & Music of the Great War’. We are now delighted to announce that this will be released on Ian’s label ‘Mighty Village’, through Universal Music, on Monday 30th June.

Pre-order from Amazon here.

The first CD features twenty two of these classic poems set to songs and tunes that were well known at the time and played on instruments – Guitar, Concertina, Octave-mandolin, Harmonica, Fiddle, Melodeon, Piano and Double bass that were familiar to those that fought.  The second CD is very different and is dominated by songs not poetry, with Show of Hands presenting distinctive versions of First World War favourites as well as newer material and songs written especially for the project.

For more information and track listings see www.showofhands.co.uk/2014/04/28/music-of-the-great-war/

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