Formed by legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, Gigspanner have been described as “one of the most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond” (Folk Radio UK).
They have stayed true to their quest to take self-penned material along with traditional songs and tunes from around the globe, 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).
Gigspanner are pleased to welcome John Spires as a very special guest. The evening's performance will also feature Knight and Spiers performing together as a duo.
"We have a lot to be thankful for when considering Ralph Vaughan Williams’ editing of the English Hymnal and his spreading of all those wonderful tunes throughout the land. The same applies to the ground-breaking work produced by Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Shirley and Dolly Collins and Bellowhead, each and every one them, like Vaughan Williams, pushing at the boundaries of acceptability. They were keeping in touch with the root whilst developing a divergent and creative branch for themselves, as it were. That’s where I see Gigspanner belonging."
Malcolm Taylor OBE Library and Archive Director, English Folk Dance and Song Society (1981-2014)