PURE folk rock gold comes to Redditch this Saturday (February 28) when Peter Knight’s Gigspinner play The Bridge Church on Evesham Road.
A former member of Steely Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has now 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.
Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio’s repertoire, it is the approach that sets it apart…leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment.
In Peter’s own words “there is nothing more exciting than finding yourself lost in a new layer of inspiring and spontaneous music”.
And 2016 has already got off to a fine start for the trio, with Peter receiving Fatea Magazine’s ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Award, plus a nomination for ‘Best Musician’ and also ‘Best Album’ Award in folking.com’s forthcoming annual awards.
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. Classically trained at The Royal Academy of Music in London, Peter discovered Irish music via the flourishing folk scene in 1960s London and was immediately hooked.
Immersing himself totally in the challenge of learning to play traditional music, he was spotted by Ashley Hutchings and Martin Carthy and invited to join the fledgling Steeleye Span. The Band went on to become one of the most successful folk-rock bands in Britain, securing a string of Gold Albums and top ten hits, and remains influential after more than 40 years.
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.
The Bridge Church can be found on Evesham Road, Headless Cross, Redditch, B97 5NS and tickets are a snip at £11 and £10 (concessions)through Maureen Brown on 01527 542281.
The gig is being put on via Shindig and Live and Local bringing top acts to local communities.