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Peter Knight's Gigspanner in Kingsand, Cornwall

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Maker with Rame Community Hall

Jackman's Meadow

Kingsand

PL10 1NB

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May 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the intriguingly named Lipreading the Poet, the debut album by Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, which had the added distinction of being listed as one of the best 10 Global albums of 2009 by The Wire Magazine, recognising that the trio’s creative ambitions extended beyond presenting traditional music within a recognised framework.

Described since as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond” (Folk Radio UK), Gigspanner has stayed true to their quest to 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).

In 2013, Gigspanner’s founding member, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, left Steeleye Span to wholly commit to the trio, 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 making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer" 5*****

Their most recent release, ‘The Wife of Urban Law’ received several ‘Best Of’ end of year accolades, including making it on to Mojo Magazine's ‘The 10 Best Folk Albums of 2017’ list, and Peter has received Fatea's Award for Instrumentalist of the Year for Achievement in 2017.

The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's singular gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow"

Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

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"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. Many people said that this was one of the best gigs they'd ever been to. I'd agree with that. If you get a quarter of a chance to see them, go - there were people there last night who had travelled many miles to be there. It was well worth every mile" Mike Harding: Broadcaster/Musician/Writer

"Gigspanner has taken traditional tunes as a starting point and rearranged,
orchestrated and improvised around them to create fascinating new works.
Their increasingly impressive sound is like no other"
Folk Radio UK

"Gigspanner are a band who get better with every outing, studio or live, and this album cements their standing as one of the most interesting, vital and exciting outfits on the scene. They are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer Outstanding" 5***** Maverick Magazine

“Gigspanner work together in musical genius" EFDSS Magazine

"Gigspanner are reshaping tradition in fascinating ways"
fRoots Magazine

“A glorious musical tour de force...simply exquisite”
4**** Spiral Earth

"Gigspanner have long had a knack of creating innovative music that puts them ahead of their field"
Acoustic Magazine

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