Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary 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”
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 in April were invited by the BBC to perform as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations at ‘The Other Place’.
Furthering his ties with the town, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust commissioned Peter to write a piece of music for Woodland Walk at Anne Hathaway’s cottage.
“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” – Maverick Magazine
“Magnificent….a feast of imaginative music”
5***** The Telegraph
“Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow”
Sir Terry Pratchett
Support by Fleetwood Cave
28 March 2017
The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU