Peter Knight Interview + Gigspanner Big Band Tour Dates

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech caught up with Peter Knight after Gigspanner Big Band closed the Friday night of New Forest Folk Festival 2019.

We talk to Peter about the early days of Gigspanner, how the idea came about,  Peter’s ethos for music, what he looks for in his musical relationships and how he approaches his new projects since Steeleye Span.

There is a very funny interlude, when the one and only Hugh Crabtree makes an appearance with a bottle of wine. We also talk to Peter’s about John Spiers, how the partnership came together, Peter’s workshops and the Gigspanner Big Band.

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Artist’s website: https://www.peterknight.net/

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Gigspanner Big Band Wells

Thursday 11th July 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School Wells

The Gigspanner Big Band Devon

Friday 12th July 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon

The Gigspanner Big Band Falmouth

Saturday 13th July 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Poly Arts Centre Falmouth,

The Gigspanner Big Band Cornwall SOLD OUT

Sunday 14th July 2019

Gigspanner Big Band Calstock Arts, Cornwall http://calstockarts.org/sunday-14-july-gigspanner-big-band/ SOLD OUT

The Gigspanner Big Band Devon

Wednesday 20th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Brixham Theatre, Devon http://www.brixhamtheatre.uk/

The Gigspanner Big Band Worcester

Thursday 21st November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Worcester Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

The Gigspanner Big Band Wavendon

Friday 22nd November 2019

Stables Theatre, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

The Gigspanner Big Band Canterbury

Saturday 23rd November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

The Gigspanner Big Band Hailsham

Sunday 24th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Pavilion, Hailsham

The Gigspanner Big Band Nettlebed

Monday 25th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Nettlebed Folk Club

The Gigspanner Big Band Bury St. Edmunds

Wednesday 27th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The Gigspanner Big Band N. Yorks

Thursday 28th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, N Yorks

The Gigspanner Big Band Settle

Friday 29th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band Victoria Hall, Settle

The Gigspanner Big Band Hexham

Saturday 30th November 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Queen’s Hall, Hexham

The Gigspanner Big Band Saltaire

Sunday 1st December 2019

The Gigspanner Big Band The Live Room, Saltaire

PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER – The Electric Theatre, Guildford – 15 September 2011

Gigspanner are a band for whom improvisation is as important as composition. In theory, no two performances will be the same even with the same set list. I’d love to hear them on two successive nights in different venues but I’ve had to content myself with hearing them twice this year. It’s fascinating to hear how the music has evolved over a few months – or is it just that this is how it was on this night in this theatre with this audience?

There are certainly more backing vocals from Roger Flack and Vincent Salzfaas which boost the refrains and the ending of ‘Mrs McGrath’ has been reworked to take that into account but the rest is mere conjecture. ‘Picnic’ seemed tighter and ‘Bonny Birdie’ more aggressive but Peter had just spoken movingly about Ray Fisher with whom he first played the song and perhaps it was that emotion coming out. Roger extended his solo on ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ and Vincent got three turns in the spotlight which was different and Peter probably played more pizzicato than bowing, creating some very non-violin sounds on ‘Too Late For Shadows’ for example, but that is pretty much standard.

The time sped past too quickly as it often does when the music is so engrossing. The band has had a couple of months off after a long tour and the chaps seem to have come back from their summer re-energised. You could never accuse them of head-banging but there was some serious leaning forward and nodding at times. 

Dai Jeffries

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