All at Sea with Steve Knightley
Just six months after he wound up his 160 date “Grown Your Own Gig” tour of rural village halls the length and breadth of the country, Steve Knightley, the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, returns with a new tour, “All at Sea.”
Following his “Grown Your Own Gig” which began in early 2014, Steve, who with Show of Hands is acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England, has decided to turn his attention to maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales and will be anchoring at Ropery Hall on Saturday, January 30, as part of that tour.
Steve, who was once described by The Times as the “gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor” will be playing in seaside halls, an Elizabethan Fort, on boats and in a rich variety of performing spaces all within sight of the waves and the tide.
As Steve says “As a West country songwriter I have written so many songs of sea farers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I’m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!”
Steve’s appearance at the Maltkiln Road venue on Saturday, January 30, beginning at 8pm, is the first in a programme of end-of-the month folk nights promoted once again by Mad Dog Folk. Tickets cost £16 in advance or £18 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.
As part of the Folk-16 programme at Ropery Hall, in February Moore, Moss and Rutter will be making an appearance followed in March by the Dan Walsh Trio in April and Russell and Algar in May. After a summer break folk comes back with a welcome return by Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow in September followed by Will Pound and Eddy Jay in October and Daoiri Farrell completing the folk line up at the end of November.