Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

The Watchmaker's Wife

The brand new album from Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston – The Watchmaker's Wife – although not a parable of their personal lives, is most certainly a reflective, powerful and moving collection of tales of love and loss; some traditional and delivered in a way that maintains the dignity of the old songs; some original and with very modern arrangements; some are covers; all with a vibrant, immediate and edgy feel. The pair didn't set out to create an album with love and loss as a theme, but in the thick of it all, when they just sat back and let out what came naturally, that's what they got.

The Watchmakers Wife

Rex for the first time demonstrates his songwriting muscle alongside original material from Boo Hewerdine. Miranda and Rex are as dazzling as ever on their respective instruments – double bass and mandolin/bouzouki. The duo have kept things as honest as they dare to reflect their live performances. There are no guests; no four-part harmonies; no grand multi-tracked opuses; no bells and definitely no whistles. The songs shout very loudly for themselves with only a smattering of sharp and contemporary production gloss.

This is the beginning of a whole new chapter for the dynamic duo. Rest assured, Miranda and Rex remain the greatest of friends and will be touring throughout the UK this Spring in support of the Watchmaker's Wife release in February. Do not miss them!

Visit the new Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston Facebook page. Head over there to see what is happening

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston Facebook Page

Upcoming Gigs

Sun
03
May
Miranda Sykes
Abbotsbury Church
Newton Abbot
Sun
20
Sep
Miranda Sykes
The Greystones
Sheffield
Fri
06
Nov
Miranda Sykes
Following their most successful tour to date last year the four piece reunites for a brand new tour in 2020. The ‘Tyne to Tamar’ Tour will revisit the singles from the last twenty years: fans can look forward to some of Show of Hands greatest releases such as Roots, AIG and The Keeper, with more depth and intensity of sound than ever before.

Union Chapel
London
Thu
12
Nov
Miranda Sykes
Following their most successful tour to date last year the four piece reunites for a brand new tour in 2020. The ‘Tyne to Tamar’ Tour will revisit the singles from the last twenty years: fans can look forward to some of Show of Hands greatest releases such as Roots, AIG and The Keeper, with more depth and intensity of sound than ever before.

Birmingham Town Hall
Birmingham
Fri
05
Feb
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with 'Show of Hands' is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.
St Edith Hall, Kemsing
Sevenoaks

Subscribe to our Newsletter