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Hands On Music HMCD23 2006

Witness
Show Of Hands

Cat no: HMCD23
Label: Hands On Music
Produced by: Simon Emmerson and
Simon ‘Mass’ Massey
Recorded at Presshouse Studio, Colyton, Devon
January 2006

Sleeve design and art direction
by Stylorouge.
Front cover illustration by Ian Phillips.
Photography by Jeff Cottenden.
It will be a 6 page Digipak
with 16 page booklet including all the lyrics.

Guest artists:
Miranda Sykes – double bass & vocals
Seth Lakeman – tenor guitar & vocals
Johnny Kalsi – tablas, mazhar
Matt Clifford – keyboards & vocals
Paul Wilson – melodeon
Paul Downes – Spanish guitar
Jackie Oates & Lizzie Westcott – fiddles
‘Mass’ – percussion, vocals and programming
Fishermen’s Friends – Haul Away choir

Steve Knightley’s Track notes:

1. Witness
Industrious, devout and self sufficient,
they wait patiently in the Hills of Iowa,
Devon or Rajasthan.

2. Roots
Former minister of State Kim Howells’
personal ‘idea of Hell’ - three Somerset
folk singers in a local pub.

3. The Dive
A father and son known to me and a
true story from the East Devon shoreline.

4. The Falmouth Packet/Haul away Joe
A Chilean Cuatro, an American Mandolin
and German fiddle driving along a
Cornish sea chanty with Afro-Celt
heartbeats - An English Acoustic
Eclectic Orchestra!

5. Undertow
Another story of small town
West Country life.

6. If I Needed Someone
Celebrating “Rubber Soul’ -
Sponsored by the BBC.

7. Innocents’ Song/Gwithian
A new setting of Cornishman
Charles Causley's chilling
Christmas poem woven
into another of Phil's coastal melodies.

8. Union Street (last post)
The last letters exchanged
between a Royal Marine and his wife.

9. The Bet
Always intended as a film scenario.
Too many late night drives with
‘What would you do if?’ going
round and around your head.

10. Ink Devil
The dangers of drawing upon
too much personal experience in
your writing.The creation
suddenly takes over.

11. Scratch
A light hearted look at one
or two addictions!

12. All I’d Ever Lost
Too personal to explain
and too universal to need it.

1. Witness 3.31 (Knightley)
 
2. Roots 4.48 (Knightley)

3. The Dive 4.41 (Knightley)
 
4.The Falmouth Packet/Haul Away Joe
   5.36 (Phil Beer/Trad arr: Knightley/Beer)
 
5. Undertow  5.18 (Knightley)
 
6. If I Needed Someone 3.33 (Harrison)
 
7. Innocents’ Song/Gwithian 4.38
   (Poem by Charles Causley,
    music by Johnny Coppin/Phil Beer)
 
8. Union Street 4.14 (Knightley)
 
9. The Bet 4.20 (Knightley)
 
10. Ink Devil 5.01 (Knightley)
 
11. Scratch 3.39 (Knightley)
 
12. All I'd Ever Lost  5.37 (Knightley)

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