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Review: Peter Knight’s Gigspanner at the Lichfield Guildhall

This show at the Lichfield Guildhall showed just why Peter Knight’s Gigspanner have been a going concern for 10 years.

Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

This tour, that supports the ensemble’s decade anniversary, saw the former Steeleye Span and Feast Of Fiddle member team up with long time musical collaborators guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist and bassist Vincent Salzfass to deliver exquisite music making, that blended everything from pure toned balladry to Appalachian music.

They started with the traditional Irish ballad She Moved Through The Fair, incorporating the melody into a number of different treatments and variations in tone and tempo, while the sea shanty Bold Riley allowed for some fine three part harmony singing from the group.

Hard Times of Old England was another traditional song that had a new treatment, before the set closer The Black-Bird took in elements of African tribal drumming and acoustic guitar counterpoint to underline the flights of fancy that Peter Knight’s violin playing took.

The second half saw the same quality of musicianship, with The Bonny Bird, being a particular highlight, as was the Appalachian piece that featured the violin as both a musical and percussion instrument.

No two Gigspanner concerts are alike, with much improvisation shaping the concerts as they happen, but this was a great opportunity to see three musicians on their home environment, the stage.

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