Show Of Hands at New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice present Visions Of A Life in all its variety

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For years I’ve wanted to see Show of Hands, one of UK folk’s top bands, but always missed them.

This sold out gig was rammed with die-hard fans celebrating Phil Beer and Steve Knightley’s 20 years together and today’s release of their 13th studio album, Wake the Union.

They opened with the stunning Haunt You, the first track.

Following the rousing Stop Copying Me and then Cruel River, came the haunting Coming Home, so sad that my eyes filled with tears and I heard a woman behind me sob. The addition of double bass player Miranda Sykes’ vocals was spine-tingling. There were many touching and poignant moments and the highlight was Innocents/Gwithiam, full of passion and darkness. But it wasn’t all melancholy, Knightley has a great presence and there were also many jokes.