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Show of Hands - Saturday 6th July 2019

Summer Family Concert at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Come and see Show of Hands and friends. Full line up below.

Nominated for best album 2016 - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

Access to Gardens from 10am, arena open 1:30pm, music starts 3pm and the event runs until 9.00pm

Note also included in the ticket price is access to Abbotsbury Swannery, Children’s Farm and Subtropical Gardens on the 6th & 7th July 2019.

Running order

More about each act below

Show of Hands Banner

3pm – 3:30pm
Steve Knightley & Phil Beer

Kelly Oliver at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

3:45pm – 4:15pm
Kelly Oliver

Banter at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Main break

Track Dogs at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

6pm – 7pm
Track Dogs

Tom Robinson at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

7:15pm – 8pm
Tom Robinson

Show of Hands at Abbotsbury

8:15pm – 9:45pm
Show of Hands

Timings are for guidance only and my be subject to alteration

Restaurant open 10am – 8pm (last food 8:30pm)
The Restaurant kitchen will be closed 3pm – 4pm
BBQ & Bar open 2pm – 8:15pm (no hot food after 7:30pm)

Track Dogs at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

Track Dogs

Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.

Comprised of 2 Irishmen, 1 Englishman and 1 American the band came together in 2011 to make their unique brand of acoustic music; a veritable 4×4 of voices and instruments identified for their dynamic fusion of styles including folk, latin, Americana & even some bluegrass.

The Madrid-based band whose name derives from the maintenance crews working the New York subway system released their fourth studio album “Kansas City Out groove” in March 2018.

Made up of two Irishmen (Dublin & Wicklow), an Englishman (Sheffield) and an American (Vermilion, Ohio), “Kansas City Out Groove”is inspired in part by their recent career-changing experiences at the Folk Alliance festival in Kansas City in early 2017.  The album is a mix of all that makes the Track Dogs sound so special, in healthy doses of Americana, Latin & Folk.

Also appearing on the album is the Nashville-based virtuoso bluegrass band “The Barefoot Movement” who the band met on their US trip.

Visit the Track Dogs website
Banter at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury


Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass and dance calling. They are rooted in English traditional music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds.

Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band.

Banter brings songs that are barking social comment with pop beats, irony and ridiculously danceable tunes!

Visit Banter’s Website
Tom Robinson at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

Tom Robinson

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. In 2015 he released Only The Now – made with award winning producer Gerry Diver – with many guests including Billy Bragg, John Grant, Martin Carthy and Ian McKellen. It can be heard in full on Spotify, YouTube and Bandcamp.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music. He has won two Sony Radio Academy awards and served as a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee for 15 years. In 2016 he was awarded a fellowship of LIPA for his support of new music through hosting BBC Music’s Introducing Mixtape podcast and his Fresh On The Net music blog.

Visit Tom Robinson’s Website
Kelly Oliver at Show of Hands, Abbotsbury

Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and harmonicist, hailing from Hertfordshire and described by The Times as an artist who ‘blends traditional with bold, indie-pop’. She came to performing music a little later in life than many other of the rising stars of the UK music scene. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London and then travelling around Europe, Brazil and Argentina, her passion for folk music was ignited with a visit to Ireland. It was there that she was exposed to traditional Irish folk music, and with her Grandmother having been born in Tralee in Ireland, Kelly was heavily drawn to the culture and especially the traditional music, played live with intricacy and passion.

Returning home to England, she began her musical career by playing support slots at folk clubs on the scene, including many at the prestigious Hitchin Folk Club, which happened to be her local. After supporting various high-profile acts such as Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Cara Dillon and Barbara Dickson, Kelly began playing her own headline shows and slots at festivals around the country. Since then, she has released two albums of her own original songs and has enjoyed many accolades for her work. Her debut album ‘This Land’, funded by an Emerging Excellence Award by Help Musicians UK, gained a 4* review from The Telegraph and her second album ‘Bedlam’ was included in The Sunday Times Essential New Releases and was one of Paul Sexton’s Top 20 Albums of the Year in Prog Magazine. Her last five singles have all gained BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music airplay and she performed her 2016 summer single ‘Rio’ on BBC One’s Sunday Morning Live for her first national TV appearance.

Visit Kelly Oliver’s Website

Gallery of photographs from 2018

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