* EXTRA DATE ADDED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND *
Thursday 25th February 2016
The Square Tower
Hants, PO1 2JE.
Tickets £16 in advance, £18 on the door (if not sold out).
Doors Open: 7.00pm.
Secure Online Ticket Sales: www.wegottickets.com/event/331786
Alternatively, physical tickets can be purchased in store at Pie & Vinyl in Castle Road, Southsea or Southsea Gallery in Albert Road, Southsea (however, these will not be available in store until October). You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address (which can be found on the right hand side of this page). If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
“One of England’s greatest singer songwriters” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
And who are we here at Square Roots towers to argue with that assessment? There’s not a lot that we can add to that is there really? Just that we’re really pleased that Steve has decided to include us in the itinerary as part of the “All At Sea” series of dates, and that tickets are limited strictly to 100 only so we would really recommend getting your tickets early for this one as tickets for the first date on Friday 26th February sold out ridiculously quickly.
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with four Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name!
The Exeter-based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band, which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, and together they won the Best Duo accolade at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Best Live Act title in the 2004 Awards – the only category voted for by the public.
From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country and cogent, inventive lyrics.
His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards whilst Show of Hands won the category Best Live Act. A skilled musician, he also plays numerous instruments from guitar to mandocello and South American cuatro.
Steve clinched the Folk Awards Best Original song trophy in 2010 with his perpetually topical song about bankers and bonuses, MPs and expenses – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, the title track of Show of Hands’ latest studio album.
Steve released his first solo album in seven years, Cruel River in 2007 to critical acclaim and has also produced albums for other artists including Jez Lowe and young Devon singer songwriter Jenna. In May 09 he released Track of Words-Retraced, which reworked his debut solo album of a decade earlier.
In January 2011 Steve unveiled his debut live solo album Live in Somerset, recorded at The David Hall, South Petherton, mixing Knightley classics with new material. He set off on a month-long UK tour in support of the album, with special guest Jim Causley, a fellow Devon musician.
In February Steve appeared on BBC-1’s Andrew Marr show with Show of Hands while in March he was one of eight international folk musicians taking part in The Cecil Sharp Project, where participants were taken to a rural Shropshire hideaway for a songwriting brainstorming session celebrating the Godfather of Folk.
The resulting live performance was recorded for a commemorative CD and the artists reunited for a further outing for the project at Shrewsbury Folk Festival over the August Bank Holiday and a 2012 tour.
Knightley performed his award-winning song Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, a heartfelt tirade against bankers and bonuses, MPs and expenses, outside St. Paul’s Cathedral at Occupy London in 2013 and earlier in the year on BBC-tv’s The Andrew Marr Show and at Hyde Park as part of the March for the Alternative Rally.
“Steve Knightley’s songs have developed such an edge it’s hard to deny them
any longer” – MOJO
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