Steve Knightley’s seed of an idea has grown into a major tour

Steve Knightley
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Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley is going back to his roots in more ways than one.

The acclaimed folk roots singer songwriter is on a tour playing some of the UK’s smallest venues.

And Hampshire-born Knightley is bringing his road trip this way for a gig in Hambledon next Saturday (January 25).

He’s also taking music right back into the community by encouraging fans to ‘grow their own gig’. Music lovers can invite him to play at the venue of their choice.

The Grow Your Own Gig tour sees him performing at a bedrock of intimate rural venues between now and September.

The January 25 show is at Hambledon Village Hall, where Knightley played about 15 years ago.

It’s here that he has filmed a video unveiling the Grow Your Own Gig plan, outlining how people could go about bringing his solo show to their communities – an idea that has proved so popular, bookings are already being taken into 2015.

Knightley has for 21 years played key venues all over the UK with his Show of Hands bandmate Phil Beer.

He has been rated as one of England’s great singer songwriters and has a prolific back catalogue including Country Life (about the demise of rural living) and crowd pleasers like Santiago and Cousin Jack.

He says: ‘People who live and work in the English countryside have inspired and informed so many of my songs over the years – now at last I have a chance to go out and meet them on their home ground.’

Tickets are £16. For information on the Hambledon gig call (023) 9263 2418 or email woodlands418@btinternet.com.