In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are pushing at the boundaries, and in the process are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer” 5*****
Described by Folk Radio UK as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond”, they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, and 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” (Spiral Earth). As expected, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio’s repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart, leaving enough room with the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment.
April 2021 saw the release of a carefully curated retrospective CD, ‘From Poets to Wives’ released by Talking Elephant Records. Mapping the band’s development from 2009 to 2019, it will form the basis of this concert for Live To Your Living Room.
Unsurprisingly, the superlatives have come thick and fast….
“There’s something of the proverbial elder statesman about Peter Knight, in terms of his place in music, which cannot be overstated. It’s not just in the quality of his playing…there’s a focus on the sheer inventiveness of Peter’s playing, in the adventurous arrangements he shares with his collaborators, and in his musical leadership” – Northern Sky
“I’m not always free with superlatives but this is actually amazing. Music like this is meant to be cherished and absorbed” – Fatea Magazine
“Gigspanner are reshaping tradition in fascinating ways” – fRoots Magazine
“A glorious musical tour de force…simply exquisite” – Spiral Earth
“Gigspanner work together in musical genius” – EFDSS Magazine
“Gigspanner have long had a knack of creating innovative music that puts them ahead of their field” – Acoustic Magazine
“Peter Knight’s Gigspanner were amazing… I can only think of a handful of folk musicians world-wide that have the kind of relationship with their instrument that Peter Knight has: Martin Hayes, Enda Scahill, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Martin Simpson.” – Mike Harding
“Peter Knight’s Gigspanner is a national treasure, and we need their uplifting and alluring music right now” – Folk Radio UK