Show of Hands star Steve Knightley to perform in Hartlepool

Folk singer Steve Knightley is on his way to Hartlepool.

One half of the folk duo Show of Hands, he will be vsiting the town as part of his specially-themed Maritime tour, All at Sea. 

The event, organised by Hartlepool Folk Festival, in partnership with Allendale Folk Festival, will see Steve playing in a variety of places within sight of the waves. The Hartlepool leg takes place on Wednesday, January 27, at 7.30pm at the Maritime Experience’s Baltic Room, with its views of HMS Trincomalee.

Steve says, “As a West Country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance - I can’t wait!”

Show of Hands are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. They have sold out the Royal Albert Hall on four consecutive occasions and won numerous BBC Folk Awards. They were voted ‘Greatest Devonians’ in a poll pipping Sir Francis Drake and Agatha Christie.

Tickets are £16 and are available from 01429 299330; or

Hartlepool Folk Festival was held for the first time last October and was a great success. Preparations are already under way for this year’s festival.

The festival brought together some of the most established names in folk, including Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, Vin Garbutt, Chris Wood, Dick Gaughan, and Alistair Anderson.

Special events included Sea:Coal, a project in which songwriters took inspiration from the Durham Coastal Path from Hartlepool to Seaham.