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 firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.
Hailed by Songlines as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, there is far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. As expected, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio’s repertoire, but their unique approach is what sets them apart.
In Peter’s own words “there is nothing more exciting than finding yourself lost in a new layer of inspiring and spontaneous music”. But taking it even further, subliminal, multicultural influences are fed into the mix, flirting audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions.
As the late Sir Terry Pratchett poetically observed “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”.
Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on hand drums and percussion.
As a founding member of Celtic-Rock Band ‘The Tabs’, Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peters’ affinity with traditional material, whilst Sacha’s playing brings the rhythms to life with his incredible knowledge and sense of feel, whether playing a song or a tune.