Steve Knightley from Show Of Hands joined my on my Saturday night show on BBC Radio 6 Music this weekend to talk about his forthcoming solo tour of UK village halls under the banner of Grow Your Own Gig.
The principle is that any fan can become a promoter – just find a small venue the size of a badminton court and sell a hundred tickets. Steve will supply artwork for posters, promote the show through his mailing list and social media, and bring PA, lights and merchandise on the night.
The interview was edited down for the radio show; the full length version is featured here along with exclusive live solo recordings of two classic Show Of Hands tunes “Diesel/Longdog” (medley) and “Cutthroats, Crooks & Conmen”.
For more information on the project, including a list of dates and various videos showing how the whole process works, see the Grow Your Own Gig website.
You’ll also find an informative in-depth 1997 interview with Steve Knightley, packed with gressroots gigging wisdom, here at Fresh On the Net.