Monday, April 09, 2007

Show of Hands (Applauding)

My Easter weekend culminated in the most marvelous gig, Show of Hands at the Albert Hall. This was a gig celebrating over 15 years of this dynamic duo. The hall was sold out and, sitting in the very top row of seating, there was a notable static sense of excitement as the lights went down and first Steve Knightly walked amongst the audience singing, then Phil Beer came playing the fiddle. What followed was over two hours of unadulterated session time fun. Accompanied throughout by Miranda Sykes (on Bass) they were joined by artists as diverse as Martyn Joseph and all male vocal choir Fishermens Friend. This constant shuffling and surprise based performance managed to mix both "big stage" and intimate gig type stuff where the numbers in the hall didn't matter as we were all invited to participate and revel in the quality music. Yet how to sum up such a diverse and mind blowing night, should it be the honest potency of songs came alive on stage (such as Country Life - detailing the slow death and decline of the UK farming industry) or the song that name checks John Wesley? No, in keeping with the Easter spirit there is only one - which still resonates around two days after the gig. (Words transcribed by me, therefore all mistakes are mine) (For a free audio track of this song go to the Faith,Folk,Anarchy Website and click on Album) Faith in You I’ve no confidence, in the afterlife, but I got faith in you. And the lightening may strike twice, but I got faith in you. And the man who gets my cards and go, I got faith in you. Who plants the vines, makes them grow, oh I got faith in you Those who work right through the night, to care when there’s no-one in sight, they do their best to make things right, So I got faith in you. (Instrumental) And Mr Hughes and Mr Jones, I got faith in you Your work is printed on my bones So I got faith in you Stronger than some background noise Is the power in the human voice To unlock doors and give us choice Oh I got faith in you And I know we’re surrounded with a million worlds to share Do you really think that someone up there cares? (Instrumental) And when I lay my head to rest I got faith in you That every day you did your best So I got faith in you You made me sure about your place On this earth and in this place I can’t thank you face to face But I got faith in you No I got faith in you Oh I got faith in you Take Care Y'All John


  1. Sounds awesome! I just got back from seeing Within Temptation in Bristol... my first time in the Forest of Dean and of crossing the Welsh border :)

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