Putting on their Sunday best at the Cambridge Folk Festival today in 2010 were Show of Hands.
Having played live just hours earlier with a drummer, it was back to the now-classic 2+1 lineup for SOH as they entertained the Cherry Hinton hordes with two separate performances on the closing (Sun)day of the popular festival.
And showing ill-effects from his recent heart operation, Phil Beer and longtime partner Steve Knightley were soon into their stride ably supported by bass player Miranda Skyes. Encouraged by a partisan audience, the trio served up two mixed sets of traditional & original material.
Inevitably showcasing their most recent studio release, “Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed”, SOH also incorporated crowd pleasers including, “Keys of Canterbury”, “Blue Cockade”, “Dive” and “Cousin Jack.”
And in addition to revisiting their own back catalogue they also plundered the repertoire of other artists, notably with a rendition of “Dakota” - a festival favourite when performed by Welsh rockers The Stereophonics.
A version of that would then appear later in the year on the Show of Hands odds & sods CD release, “Covers 2″ alongside other “non-folk” material penned by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Mark Knopfler.
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And here’s some footage of SOH in action: