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Peter Knight

Peter Knight

From beginnings in the rarefied halls of the Royal Academy to international stages the world over with Steeleye Span who strove to give ancient roots contemporary guise, via the endless morphing of free music with respected specialist Trevor Watts, gentle classical reflections in his solo offerings and work for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, there is nothing predictable about a musician whose music is as mercurial as quicksilver but always thoroughly absorbing, distinctive, enduring and above all fascinating.
Simon Jones fRoots

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Gigspanner

Gigspanner

In the wake of his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has established their reputation as one of the most genuinely innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. “Unhindered by the limits of technical ability” (Spiral Earth), they take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered in a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”

"One of the most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond. It is genuinely exciting to hear a band expanding the possibilities of folk music in so many different directions" Folk Radio UK

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Knight & Spiers

Knight & Spiers

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing Peter and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival.

In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there".

It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and so plans were made to record an album and undertake a country-wide tour during March 2018.

"There can be no doubting that both performers are amongst the most, if not the most, talented of their peers. I was probably not the only person to leave the venue in awe at having witnessed something very special. Promises of recordings and more live gigs in the New Year will come as music to the ears of many" Fatea Magazine

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