Show of Hands | Songs of the People

Cutty Sark closure

Visitor notice: Cutty Sark will be closed on Sunday 1 March for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. The Park Row car park will also be closed to the public all weekend. On 29 February and 1 March access to the National Maritime Museum and Queen's House will be via the Romey Road or William Walk gates. Our other museum sites will be open as usual. Plan your visit

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Date and time: 
Sunday 3 May 2020 | Doors open 7.30pm | Show starts 8pm
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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.