Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre.’
Beginning life as a trio - with former Steeleye Span fiddle player Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the live line-up has been expanded to form the Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead's co-founder, John Spiers, joining the fray.
Characterised by riotous inventiveness, technically gifted individual playing and subtle collaborative interaction, it doesn't get much more mouth-watering than this.
"The Gigspanner Big Band are amazing...a force to be reckoned with - they storm every stage they walk on" Mike Harding