Paignton Community College Drama / News / Thu 23 Feb 2012

Steve Knightly Special Solo Gig at Palace Theatre

Steve Knightly Special Solo Gig at Palace Theatre

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name. In 2010 Steve won the best original song for “Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed” at the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards.
Palace Theatre, Paignton. Box Office 01803 665800.
As lead patron for the huge Primary Schools Festival, Telling Tales, Steve will be performing a special solo gig at Paignton’s Palace Theatre on Sunday 26th February.
Telling Tales is a festival that celebrates identity, heritage and creativity for young people in Torbay. The festival organiser, Paignton Community College’s Advanced Skills Teacher, Jess Hunter said “We are so thrilled that our patron will be supporting this important event for the second year running. Thanks to support from Show of Hands last year, we were able to promote a love of creativity and the arts for a second year running.”
Steve Knightley is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues.
The Exeter-based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for Show of Hands, which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, and together they won the Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Steve continues his success as a solo artist with his annual tour and has released 4 solo albums the latest “Live in Somerset” was recorded in early 2011.
BBC Radio 2’s Mike Harding recently described Steve as “one of England’s greatest songwriters” while MOJO wrote: “Steve Knightley’s songs have developed such an edge it’s hard to deny them any longer.”
Special Guests for this tour
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
Fast becoming recognised as one of the finest slide guitarists the UK has produced, Phillip Henry is also a virtuoso on the harmonica. Regarded as, “one of the most extraordinary musicians around” (Steve Knightley - Show Of Hands), he brings together folk melodies of the British isles, blues, gospel and Indian music in his moving and original compositions and arrangements.
Hannah Martin is a singer, songwriter, fiddle-and-banjo player from Devon, whose songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, while retaining a strong sense of the living tradition.

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