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Show Of Hands

“One of the great English bands” ~ Peter Gabriel

“This is a band performing at its passionate peak” ~ The Independent

“Class always shows as it does with the new album from Show Of Hands” ~ Daily Telegraph

After a fourth sell-out show at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2012, concert and festival favourites Show Of Hands – 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards double winners – come to Ropetackle in 2013 showing just why they have been showered with accolades.

Accompanied by striking double bass player/vocalist Miranda Sykes, England’s finest acoustic roots act will be showcasing their new album Wake The Union, a journey through the heart of two landscapes (UK & North America) united by a common tongue and musical heritage.

Their inimitable music, crossing from folk roots into blues, rock, country, trad and world, is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro. A whole world in one gig.

Miranda will be kicking off the show with partner Rex Preston (mandolin & vocals).

Folk, Music

Thursday 18th April 2013 -


  •   Fabulous friendly award winning venue run almost entirely by volunteers. Films.,bands, recitals talks you name it you can experience it here. Lovely cafe and bar and fab staff.

    Sula062014
    8/08/2019
  •   Lovely little place for a relax and chill in a morning! Coffee cake and a magazine. Meeting friends and family - or just a little working morning on my own!

    BIves24
    1/19/2020
  •   A great local venue, always something on that appeals to all people. Lovely to have a local arts venue and not to have to go to Brighton

    chris b
    7/28/2019
  •   We have been to the panto at the Ropetackle several times and this year it was as good, if not better than ever. It had all the ingredients we... read more

    lhrhkg
    12/29/2019
  •   Attracts great diverse acts from nostalgic 1970s acts to new local talent as well as great comedy. Bar and informal restaurant there as well with good ale and appetising home... read more

    davidj0d0nnell
    8/18/2019
  •   This venue is great for a night out. They have an assortment of entertainment, we mainly see bands or tribute bands. The one in July was Eagles tribute and the... read more

    SHARON T
    10/10/2019
  •   Recently saw the South Coast Soul Review at Ropetackle and enjoyed a really good live band. Always a nice atmosphere and you can enjoy a drink inside the performance... read more

    Josie C
    7/15/2019
  •   Another great Sunday Jazz , just love the place, great place To go Sunday jazz is just a delight once a month

    johnoE8348BW
    2/02/2020
  •   Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more

    Arnicaqueen
    10/10/2019
  •   Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
    10/14/2019
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