Peter Knight’s Gigspanner to play Lichfield Arts

Peter Knght's Gigspanner

Lichfield Guildhall – Saturday April 20th – 8.00pm

Known for his work with Steeleye Span, Feast of Fiddles, and a number of other projects, Peter Knight blends his own open-minded approach to modern technology, with a deep understanding and love for the tradition, to bring new life to older tunes, and his own compositions, which range across the genres of folk, celtic, traditional, rock, and more modern, ambient sounds.

Peter received ‘Best Musician’ in the inaugural Awards in 2016 and their 2015 album Layers Of Ages featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both of whom are powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

The trio have a growing reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene, dismantling the traditional and reassembling it in an intriguing, imaginative and beautiful way. They have played at the Guildhall before, and proved popular, with their music being the perfect match for the grandeur and acoustics of the room.

A Lichfield Arts Spokesman said ‘The music that is created by Peter Knight and Gigspanner is surprising, tuneful and always something special. No two gigs are the same, with music and styles changing regularly, which is what happens when you put three musicians of this calibre together. Gigspanner have played Lichfield Guildhall many times in the past, and have always been a very popular draw, so we would suggest that if you want to hear music that takes old sounds in new directions, buy your tickets soon’.

Tickets for what promises to be a special night of music making are £16.00, £14.40 for members of Lichfield Arts and £8.00 for under 16’s. For further information, and to book tickets visit, phone (01543) 262223, or call into the Lichfield Arts Box Office in Donegal House on Bore Street.

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Ashley Hutchings to play Lichfield Arts this month

Ashley Hutchings duo

Lauded by Bob Dylan, and every other folk musician of importance, Ashley Hutchings MBE has had a storied and eventful career in Folk and world music. From his time as a founding member of Fairport Convention, his career as a session musician and record producer, and involvement with such groups as Steeleye Span, The Albion Country Band, Morris On, Rainbow Chasers and the Lark Rise Band his devotion to English folk music knows no bounds.

He has put together a new and entertaining words and music show entitle, The Beginnings of Fairport Convention. As a leading founder member of Fairport back in 1967 he is in a great position to tell the story of the start of Britain’s favourite folk-rock band.

Ashley teams up with Becky Mills to present the show which is informative, funny and full of wonderful music. Ashley has thrown in some great stories of the music scene in London in the late sixties. Stories which include Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, and much else besides.

A Lichfield Arts Spokesman said ‘Ashley Hutchings has performed at the Guildhall many times, and his first hand stories of the music scene in 1960’s London make you feel that you are experiencing that same excitement. Add the glorious voice of Becky Mills, and you will have an unmissable evening of music’.

Tickets for this intimate night of music and story-telling are £15.50, £13.95 for Friends of Lichfield Arts and £7.75 for under 16’s. For further information and to book tickets visit, phone (01543) 262223, or call into the Lichfield Arts Box Office in Donegal House on Bore Street.