The English tradition of popular song has had a massive influence on world music, not least in folk and blues. In the run up to the anniversary of Peterloo, this event, introduced by Michael Wood, will include songs from the Peasants’ Revolt and the Civil War, newly discovered songs from Peterloo, right up to today, performed by the legendary folk singer Steve Knightley. Steve Knightley is part of the phenomenally successful SHOW OF HANDS duo: more than two decades on the road. 25 album releases. 2 Honorary Doctorates, 3 BBC Folk Awards, 4 Royal Albert Hall sell-outs. Tours in 14 countries from America to Australia.
MONDAY 22nd - SUNDAY 28th JUNE 2020
SEE HISTORY. HEAR HISTORY. FEEL HISTORY. #AMAZINGHISTORY
Steve Knightley is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of widely acclaimed folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’ described by Peter Gabriel as ‘one of the great English bands’. A constant throughout his work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he still lives. Informed by a love of narrative and English traditional folk music, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to bring the past vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s an gift that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer. The seminal ‘Country Life’ earned him the title ‘the gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and his anti Banking rant ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ picked up the gong for ‘Best Song’ at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He has a degree in History and Politics and in 2015 he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Plymouth University for his services to geography and music. He is also Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter and last year he was awarded the title of Honorary Rifleman by the 6th Battalion the Rifles Regiment.