Band ‘another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool’


Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”.

There’s a chance to judge for yourself when the three-piece band plays Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre, in the Queen’s Park Arts Centre on Saturday.

Steeleye Span’s legendary former fiddle player Peter Knight is joined in Gigspanner by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on congas and djembe. Both have been described as powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote: “Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow”.

Speaking about Gigspanner’s live performances, Peter said: “The audience can expect good music, played with commitment by three musicians who are constantly looking to better themselves musically as individuals, and within the context of the band.

“People frequently comment that our gigs are never the same twice because the music is ever changing within the arrangements.

“We put it together that way. Note for note has its place within a performance, but to remain open to the possibility that the music might want to take you somewhere else all of a sudden, is something that we value. Regardless of musical interests, audiences will not leave with an empty feeling.”