Show of Hands

Saturday 1st July 2017

Come and see

Show Of Hands & Friends

See full line up below.

Click here for tickets

Note also included in the ticket price is access to Abbotsbury Swannery, Children’s Farm and Subtropical Gardens on the 1st & 2nd of July 2017

‘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 to 9pm

Find out more on the Show of Hands website.


India Electric Company

Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest. - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3

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Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow

 Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

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Geoff Lakeman

A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, has been described as ” A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty.”

Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson  and Randy Newman. He’s also one of the few to play 1920′s/ 30′s jazz on an authentic 1920′s instrument.

His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically.

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Alice Jones

Alice Jones is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Ripponden in West Yorkshire. Her background is deeply rooted in the English folk tradition and the music that she makes instantly reflects this strong influence. Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanying herself on the piano or harmonium and sometimes only with foot percussion. The sensitive and intuitive arrangements of each song allow the stories to take centre stage and, inspired by her beginnings as a percussive dancer, they are loaded with a rhythm and energy that portrays her dancer’s heartbeat. Her distinctive voice and innovative style lends a fresh, modern perspective to traditional material and brings new life to old songs 

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