Artist: Steve Knightley
Venue: The Square Tower
Date: 7th February 2014
Parking his tour bus at a sold-out Square Tower as part of his Grow Your Own Gig Tour 2014, Steve Knightley (the man from Show Of Hands who isn’t Phil Beer) played a wonderful show to an enthralled audience.
Wandering through the crowd accompanied only by his Cuatro (a Mexican variant of the ukulele), the haunting “Widdecombe Fair” kicked off proceedings.
Continuing with “Man Of War” (specially for Portsmouth) he then gave us observations on rural living such as “Red Diesel” and “Country Life”. Another highlight was the musical combination of a song by Pink, “Try”, with Bob Dylan’s “Boots Of Spanish Leather”.
The inter-song stories were as entertaining as the music, including a potted guide to doing your own live sound, a look at his custom-made David Oddy instruments, the vagaries of tour merchandise being delivered at the last second before a gig, and what really happened when Show Of Hands ventured into that chip shop in “Yeovil Town”.
This was stop number 12 for Steve Knightley on his unbelievably busy Grow Your Own Gig Tour which will keep him occupied for most of 2014.
Overall, a brilliant evening in an intimate and atmospheric venue.
“A beautiful experience last night seeing Steve Knightley doing a solo gig behind the 20ft thick walls of the Square Tower” (Pete Fincham)
“Thank you for organising Steve Knightley to play..amazing venue! We feel privileged to be part of such a small venue, and to be able to see Steve in such an intimate atmosphere” (Derry and Sue Morgan)
“An excellent concert…Steve was at his normal high standard” (John Parker)
“Many thanks to all involved in the Steve Knightley gig, it was my first time at the Square Tower and I was impressed with the welcoming atmosphere. I shall definitely be back! Keep up the good work!” (Sharon Cobbe)
“Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves…you have a great venue there and I’m sure you will be seeing us back there sometime soon” (David Morgan)
“Great gig from Steve Knightley at The Square Tower last night. I’ve always enjoyed the way in which Steve changes his songs around from time to time – lyrics, tune, tempo – but maybe last night’s “I’ve got a longdog, I am a postman” was a step too far – very funny though!” (Angie Penneck)
“Top night at a sold out Square Tower this evening, in the company of the main man Steve Knightley – thanks to all those that came and made it an awesome occasion! A well deserved standing ovation!” (Ken Brown)