Show of Hands are touring some of England’s architectural treasures. That is the good news. The bad, for admirers of this duo - actually a trio these days given the welcome inclusion of Miranda Sykes - is that some dates are already sold out.
The 14-date Spires and Beams tour began last night, Oct 22, in Cropredy, not far from the field where I saw them perform so well at the 2007 Fairport Convention festival, and runs to Nov 9.
A young singer songwriter Ruarri Joseph, from Cornwall, provides support. Show of Hands have their detractors, as a recent thread at Mudcat proved.were I in England, I'd consider the cost of a ticket well spent if they did no more than Cousin Jack, Country Life, Roots, the White (or is it blue for them?) Cockade and one or two others, songs that would istinguish any repertoire. The remaining dates are:
Thurs Oct 23 BECKENHAM, St George’s 020 8663 6996
Fri 24 FOLKESTONE, Tower Theatre 01303 223925
Sat 25 EASTBOURNE, All Saints Church 01323 841414
Sun 26 LONDON, Union Chapel 020 7605 5255
Wed 29 MARLBOROUGH, St Mary’s Church 01672 512465
Thu 30 CAMBRIDGE, Emmanuel UR Church 01638 603986
Fri 31 WINGFIELD, St Andrew’s Church 01379 384080 Sat Nov 1 ELY Cathedral 01353 740999 SOLD OUT
Tues 04 DARTINGTON Great Hall 01803 847070 SOLD OUT
Thurs 06 BANBURY, St Mary’s Church 01295 275385
Fri 7 EXETER Cathedral 01392 493493
Sat 8 ST DONAT’S Arts Centre 01446 799100
Sun 9 HEREFORD, All Saints Church 01432 761914