I had been a fan of Show of Hands since I first saw them in our tiny Hermit folk club in Brentwood, Essex back in the 1980s. On one occasion, they had a survey in the form of a list. We were asked "If Show of Hands played at the Royal Albert Hall, would you come along?'. I ticked and signed then waited, for quite some time.
After years of planning, Pete Knightly and Phil Beer finally walked onto the stage to a packed audience, folkies from all over the country came in groups, families and individually to witness the achievement of these two musicians. I remember the cheer, loud, long and full of entheusiasm for these two guys.
There were many surprises that night. Morris Dancers, Fisherman's friends, guest musicians and the best rendition of ' Streets of London' with speacial guest Ralph McTell. (It is considered a bit corny to sing it at folk clubs, but this was another level!).
Needless to say, I was there for the subsequent Show of Hands Concerts, always surprising, always fun and always heartfelt, like our own brothers had made it to the best Village Hall folk club in the world!
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