Folk Artist On Two-Day Tour Of Scilly

steve-knightleyOne of Britain’s most respected folk artists starts a two-day Scilly music tour today on St Martin’s.

And Steve Knightly says he hopes to return in 2015 with a show on each inhabited island.

The singer songwriter is well known as half of the award-winning duo Show of Hands.

He is passionate about the islands and this is his sixth gig here. He first came to the islands for his honeymoon.

Steve describes his visit as a ‘part-working holiday’ and admits he’d get restless if he went away for a week without a gig.

Tonight and tomorrow he will perform some new music including tracks from his Great War Centenary project.

But most of Steve’s songs share rural, nautical and west country themes. He’ll be performing pieces on wrecking and tall ships as well as some sea shanties.

Steve hasn’t written any songs specifically about Scilly but he says the ships’ figureheads in the Valhalla museum on Tresco could provide the perfect theme for future songs.

His next plan for the islands is to perform a gig, each day, over five days and film the concerts. He says that now he’s discovered the Bryher Community Centre, that could be a distinct possibility for next year.

Steve has recently performed at the Albert Hall, but his Scilly venues are more modest. He says that a collective response from the audience is all that matters, whatever the size of audience.

Steve Knightly is on at Adam’s Fish and Chips on St Martin’s from 6.30pm tonight. Tickets are £18.50, which includes a fish and chip supper.

He’ll then perform at St Mary’s Methodist Church on Thursday at 8pm.