"One of England’s greatest singer-songwriters"
Steve Knightley is a Multi-award winning singer-songwriter/musician and founder member of widely acclaimed folk/acoustic roots trail-blazers ‘Show of Hands’.
A constant throughout his work is his ability to root his songs in geographical place, notably the West Country where he still lives. Informed by a love of traditional folk song, Knightley writes historically accurate songs that resonate with contemporary meaning. He has an extraordinary ability to conflate time and space to bring the past vividly, smack bang into the present. It’s an ability that fuels his reputation as an ‘issues’ writer.
The seminal ‘Country Life’ earned him the title ‘The gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor’ and a nomination for best song at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His anti Banking rant ‘Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed’ picked up the gong for ‘Best Song’ at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.