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Friday, December 1st, 2017
Since departing from Steeleye Span in 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 however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. To categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them. Naturally, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart, leaving enough room within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment. But taking it even further, subliminal, multicultural influences are fed into the mix, flirting audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions. What drives Gigspanner is an unwavering, single-minded commitment to dig deep and to load the music with something of value. Gigspanner's audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between 'entertaining' and 'spellbinding'.