Steve Knightley’s RNLI fundraiser at Exmouth’s Ocean

PUBLISHED: 18:30 31 August 2017

Steve Knightley. Picture: Paul Strange.

Steve Knightley. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Steve Knightley – the songwriting force from Show of Hands – is to perform a solo show at Exmouth’s Ocean at 7.30pm on Friday, September 29.

The gig is a fundraiser for the Exmouth RNLI.

Knightley will be supported by The Exmouth Shanty Men, who are celebrating their tenth anniversary.

“This is a chance to see Steve Knightley performing his solo Landlocked tour,” says a concert organiser.

“One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land, and the second half will draw on his nautical themes.

“In addition, proceeds from this concert will go to support the fantastic work of Exmouth RNLI.”

Knightley – who won the Best Original Song category at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his biting attack on financiers called Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed – has been rated as one of England’s greatest singer-songwriters.

He has a prolific back catalogue of songs, including Country Life (about the demise of rural living), Tall Ships (set in a West Country fishing village) and Roots (about British identity).

There are also crowd-pleasers, such as Santiago and his Cornish miners’ song Cousin Jack.

Knightley will be supported by the home-grown group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Known as the musical ambassadors for the town, the concert organiser says they will bring ‘their own brand of jiggery pokery to the evening’.

“Prepare to have your emotions roused in this once-only opportunity for 2017 in Exmouth,” says the concert organiser.

Tickets are priced at £19 for adults and £10 for under 16s, available at www.exmouthshantymen.com and with cheque or cash at the Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat House shop.

The Exmouth Shanty Men – who formed in 2007 – have recently released 10 Years Before The Mast.

The CD celebrates the group’s tenth anniversary and their ongoing voyages around the UK, Europe and beyond.

The album contains 20 of the group’s favourite shanties – many never recorded by them before.

“We have heard it said that this commemorative CD is our best ever - and we are sure you will agree!” says a group spokesperson.

It’s available for £10, plus p&p, from www.exmouthshantymen.com/shoppe.php

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