Miranda helping ‘Hands’to continue to succeed

MIRANDA Sykes will once again be lining up with acoustic roots duo Show Of Hands as they head back to West Sussex for a date at Chequer Mead, East Grinstead on Thursday, September 16 at 8pm.

Thursday, 16th September 2010, 4:57 pm

Miranda right) has been playing with Steve Knightley and Phil Beer since 2004, augmenting their sound with her powerful double bass and rich harmonies.

“In 2003 I was playing with The Phil Beer Band”, she recalls. From there, she ended up standing in with Show Of Hands who were touring a band line-up.

“Steve invited me to do the rest of the season with them. I did the rest of the summer 2004 and then they invited me as a special guest for the autumn tour, and I have been with them ever since.

“They are a great couple to play with. It’s all very organic. We don’t rehearse like mad. A lot of it happens very organically like when Steve might be working on new songs. I think that the balance is right on stage.”

Miranda still pursues her own work, as half of a duo with Rex Preston: “We have got a few dates in December. We do like collected contemporary folk songs. There is a Kate Rusby song, a Madeleine Peyroux song. It’s a bit different to Show Of Hands.”

Meanwhile, the Show Of Hands star continues to rise. They’ve had a great couple of years, particularly thanks to the recent album Arrogance Ignorance and Greed, the title track of which took a pop at the bankers.

“It just feels like we are gradually climbing every year. It is going to be a fantastic year next year. We are going to Canada in the summer. We did Canada a couple of years ago, and we are going back to do one or two more festivals.”

Meanwhile, they are continuing to do well in Germany: “I am not sure that we can take it another step higher there, but the audiences do get bigger. The words translate well, and Phil and Steve are such fantastic frontmen.”

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