Glorious musical tour de force... simply exquisite.
In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has 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”.
April 2021 saw the release of a carefully curated retrospective CD, ‘From Poets to Wives’ released by Talking Elephant Records. Mapping the band’s development from 2009 to 2019.