SHOW Of Hands certainly get around. After playing virtually every domestic folk festival this summer, the popular two-man group are still in demand with a 48-date tour including dates at Salisbury and Winchester.

The success of Show Of Hands lies in the combined power of Steve's haunting original songs, the quality of their vocals and harmonies and their multi-instrumental virtuosity. Between them, Steve and Phil play five guitars, two cello-mandolins, one cuatro, one violin and one mandolin during their act. This means keeping in tune a total of 62 strings stretching over 130 feet.

In addition to sell-out shows at London's Royal Albert Hall and appearances all over the UK, the two have also performed in some pretty unusual places - on a hill overlooking the Taj Mahal, in the Indonesian jungle, and on a car deck on a cross-channel ferry to mention just a few.

They have also taken their talents as far afield as Australia and North America, and had a memorable experience this summer when they played a special open-air concert at the celebrated Eden Project in Cornwall. Show Of Hands play Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday, November 30 (box office: 01722 321744) and the Theatre Royal, Winchester on Tuesday, December 3 (01962 840440).