Peter Knights Gigspanner end The Atkinson’s first season in style

Peter Knights Gigspanner end The Atkinson’s first season in style

Gigspanner, formed by Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight close The Atkinson’s first season and the summer programme in style on Thursday 29 August.

The trio has established a powerful presence in its own right, with a unique approach to traditional and world music.  Their Debut Album Lipreading the Poet was named by The Wire as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But ditch the pigeonholes. Gigspanner’s commitment to producing “music of intelligently crafted brilliance” (Songlines) has paid off in spades, and they have now earned their place on the festival and concert stages of the UK and beyond.

Without doubt, a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”.

Ultimately, the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs, without any show of gimmickry.

Simon Rowan said: “An absolute treasure to behold. A packed barn could have listened all night…intimate and beautiful. Great, innovative music, encompassing a variety of influences and sources drawn from an invaluable career. Don’t let it be history that tells you how good. Be there…Gigspanner at a venue near you.”

Catch Gigspanner on Thursday 29 August at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £12 (£10 concessions).

For more information or to book, please call The Atkinson box office on 01704 533 333, tickets also available over the counter or by booking online at

Please note: A booking fee of £2 is applicable for online and telephone bookings



Posted on 13 August 2013 under General news

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