A NATIONALLY-acclaimed singer-songwriter is swapping the bright lights of the capital for small community halls for his solo tour of England - and has his sights set on a village near York.

Steve Knightley, frontman of top British folk group Show of Hands which has three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name, will be heading to Thorganby in the new year.

The singer-songwriter who, together with multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer won the Best Live Act title in the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, is bringing his Grow Your Own Gig tour to the intimate surroundings of Thorganby Village Hall on Thursday, January 29.

All funds raised by the gig will go directly to the York Down Syndrome Support Group (YDSSG), which is self-funded and led by parents for local families with the aim of helping their children fulfil their full potential.

Liz Allen, who organised the fundraiser on behalf of the group, said: "I'm very excited to be playing host Steve for an evening of his tour. I've enjoyed his music for many years but have never had the opportunity to hear him in a smaller venue.

"I'm also delighted that we will be raising some funds for York Down Syndrome Support Group. The group has been running for two years and provides information and support to more than 50 local families.”

YDSSG started its 3-21 Saturday Club as a trial in April 2012 but it has now become a firm fixture, offering informal get togethers for all family members, with singing and signing, refreshments, child's play and time for adults to catch up.

Doors open 7.30pm with the gig starting at 8pm. All tickets cost £16.

For details email ydssgevents@gmail.com or ring 01904 658255 or 07989 226990.

For information about YDSSG contact Liz Allen, chair of YDSSG, on email: YorkDS321@gmail.com or phone 01904 658255 or visit https://sites.google.com/site/yorkdownsyndromeparentsgroup/home