Reviews of “The Long Way Home”, Show of Hands, produced by Mark Tucker, 2016
Hoban’s two songs “Hallow’s Eve” and “The Old Lych Way” offer a wholly different dimension, rooted as the songs are in a mystical past and accorded suitably spiritual, atmospheric arrangements.
Colin Irwin, Folk Roots
Produced by Mark Tucker, the first album on their own Hands On Music label in three years unveils five new Knightley songs, fresh takes on quintessentially English traditional numbers and songs by collaborator Chris Hoban. This is music from the heart and history of England. From the haunting to the heart-breaking, the nautical to the rural, it distils influences old and new but always with that unmistakable Show of Hands sound.
“Hallows Eve” from the pen of Chris Hoban lightens the mood with a catchy chorus that will have you singing along before the end as we celebrate the end of a season and the readiness of the preparations for winter, a far cry from the Americanised trick or treat approach to Halloween.
Hoban contributes “The Old Lych Way” too, a haunting and reverent telling of the hardship and pains that meet those who had to take their loved ones to a final resting place in Lydford along the Old Lych Way.
Ian Cripps, www.fatea-records.co.uk