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Black and white photo of the Fairport Convention stood together smiling on a staircase.

Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes. Bass and vocal queen Sykes was much-missed during her recent sabbatical, and excitement is building around her return to the fold.

And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his blistering additions by popular demand. There’s no doubt that Show of Hands the four-piece, now something of a supergroup, and their combined musicianship is guaranteed to sound nothing short of magical.

There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed.

Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”.

The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before. Now We Are Four is destined to be the festival hit of 2020, and you saw it here first.

Standing event 

14+ (Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult)


Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, aka Show of Hands, were voted Best Live Act at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material, and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have sold out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headlined festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and played all over the world.

2004 also saw Miranda Sykes join Show of Hands, developing their sound with rich harmonies and double bass. An accomplished musician in her own right, Sykes has made Show of Hands even stronger, and they continue to sell-out tours across the country.

The venue

Bath Forum

Covid-19 Safety Measures at Bath Forum

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate you should not attend this event.

No Entry Requirements

Strongly encouraged:

Wear a face mask

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