"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" Mike Harding.
Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has established their reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene, garnering along the way a reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it in an entirely original, imaginative and beautiful way.
Unhindered by the limits of technical ability, they take self-penned along with music rooted in the British Isles and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered in a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”
What makes Gigspanner unique is the variety of musical colours on their palette. What makes them brilliant is how they blend them without ever muddying the landscape ~ Spiral Earth
2016 was a vintage year for the trio, with Peter receiving Fatea Magazine's 'Instrumentalist of the Year' Award, and ‘Best Musician’ in the inaugural folking.com Awards as voted for by the concert going public, and their album 'Layers of Ages' being included in many of the end of year 'Best of' lists, including The Telegraph, which gave the album a rare five stars.
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight who has without question been a huge inspiration on the folk-roots scene since the folk revival of the 1960’s.
Classically trained at The Royal Academy of Music in London, Peter discovered Irish music via the flourishing folk scene in 1960's London and was immediately hooked.
Immersing himself totally in the challenge of learning to play traditional music, he was spotted by Ashley Hutchings and Martin Carthy, and invited to join the fledgling Steeleye Span. The Band went on to become one of the most successful Folk-Rock Band in Britain, securing a string of Gold Albums and top ten hits, and remains influential after more than 40 years.
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.
"With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody...ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing, Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set"
"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