Show of Hands | Songs of the People

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Essential information

Date and time: 
Friday 16 April 2021 (Rescheduled from Sunday 3 May 2020) | Doors open 7.30pm | Show starts 8pm
Cutty Sark
Evenings and Lates

Show of Hands will return to Cutty Sark once more for another spectacular night of acclaimed folk revelry.

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are joined by renowned historian Michael Wood to present a unique performance of Songs of the People: Music from the English Radical Tradition. The show celebrates one of England’s great musical traditions and one that has been incredibly influential in world music. From the protest folk songs of Bob Dylan and the Delta blues of Muddy Waters to the blue collar ballads of Bruce Springsteen – these songs of Social Protest all have very English roots.

Michael will provide the background and historical context and Steve and Phil will perform the material. Expect music from the Great Famine and the Peasants Revolt, the English Civil War, the Diggers and the Levellers. Taking in Peterloo, the Chartists and World War One, right up to the present day. Songs that are the sound track to the People’s History and that shine a light on the lives of ordinary men and women through times of struggle and suffering, fighting for the rights that are ours today.