"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 as they trickled out into the night 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"
In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight 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.
In a time where the element of improvisation is gaining traction in the folk-roots world, it is worth noting that Gigspanner has always used it as a rich seam to be mined, and to quote Peter's own words "there is nothing more exciting than finding yourself lost in a new layer of inspiring and spontaneous music".
Unsurprisingly, the superlatives have come thick and fast….
"The British equivalent of The Gloaming...Catch them live whenever you have the opportunity. Peter Knight’s Gigspanner is a national treasure, and we need their uplifting and alluring music right now" Folk Radio UK
“Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow” Sir Terry Pratchett.
“A glorious musical tour de force...simply exquisite” Spiral Earth
“Gigspanner work together in musical genius" EFDSS Magazine