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Words and Music of the Great War

"Unique and powerful, Centenary Words & Music Of The Great War matches the remarkable poetry of those war years
against the music of the era, along with new compositions inspired by the war."

Two of our most popular and distinguished actors, husband and wife Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton, have teamed up with the legendary West Country acoustic band Show of Hands (Steve Knightley, Phil Beer and Miranda Sykes) to mark the centenary of the First World War. The conflict lasted for four years, led to the deaths of over sixteen million soldiers and civilians, and transformed Britain and much of the world. But the brutal carnage and the horrors of life in the trenches inspired the War Poetry, an extraordinary artistic movement written by those who fought, and in some cases died, in the fighting.

This double CD release includes one disc of twenty two poems read by Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton in new musical settings and a second disc on which Show of Hands perform distinctive versions of period favourites plus new songs from Knightley, including The Gamekeeper, and his setting for Housmanís The Lads In Their Hundreds. Show of Hands are joined by distinguished friends from the folk scene including Jackie Oates, Jim Causley, Philip Henry and Geoffrey Lakeman.

The packaging is beautiful and the lyrics are included, all in all making this is the perfect Christmas present.

This link from the show of Hands website takes you straight to their Amazon CD sales page

Show of Hands are out on the road till early December - check this link because venues are selling out fast


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