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Ex-Steeleye Span fiddle player to play at Rook Lane Chapel

Rook Lane Chapel in Frome is delighted to announce that Gigspanner will be playing at the venue on Thursday 18th February.

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, garnering along the way a reputation dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it in an intriguing, highly imaginative and beautiful way.

Writing for fRoots magazine, Simon Jones commented, “Peter Knight shows a willingness to turn the expected inside out and place it back as neatly as it was before being taken.”

2016 has 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 1960’s 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 Band 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.

“With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody…ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing, Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set” . 4 **** Maverick Magazine

Gigspanner will be playing at the Rook Lane Chapel in Frome on Thursday 18th February. Doors 7.30pm//Concert 8.00pm. Call 01373 468040 for information or visit. www.gigspanner.com

 

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