Peter Knight’s Gigspanner announce November tour dates

Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Photograph by Elly Lucas

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner are a unique force in British folk music. Their virtuoso performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre.’

The trio was formed by legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, who as part of Steeleye Span’s classic lineup, helped invent a brand of folk rock that is still influential today, and it says much about the nature of his musical outlook and curiosity that, after half a century of innovation, he is still as willing as ever to move in bold new directions. His present touring and recording commitments find him working with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) and John Spiers.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has gone on to establish a reputation for being one of the most genuinely inventive forces on the British folk scene, and it is noteworthy that Malcolm Taylor MBE, former Library Director of The English Folk Dance and Song Society, wrote that the trio belongs to the same group of ground-breaking musicians as Shirley and Dolly Collins, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Bellowhead…”keeping in touch with the root whilst developing a divergent and creative branch for themselves”

Characterised by riotous inventiveness, technically gifted individual playing and subtle collaborative interaction, Gigspanner take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements, with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator.

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Gigspanner Trio – November Tour Dates

2 Private Concert

3 Oswestry, Hermon Chapel

5 Aberystwyth,Ceredigion Museum

6 Cardigan, Theatre Mwldan

7 Builth Wells, Wyeside Arts Centre

8 Marlborough Folk and Roots, Marlborough Town Hall

9 Wotton under Edge, Under the Edge Arts

10 Hitchin Folk Club

12 Westcliff on Sea, Hoy at Anchor Folk Club

13 Walton on Thames, Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre for Walton Folk

14 Rye, Community Centre at Conduit Lane

15 Fareham, Ashcroft Arts Centre

16 Shaftesbury, Arts Centre