Saturday 30 November 7.30pm
Tickets: £20.00 / £18.00 (Members / benefit conc / student)
Periodically, the pairing of two acts with their own unique identity produces an electrifying force that is even greater than the impressive sum of its parts.
"They don't play together very often, but when they do it's spectacular" 5***** R2 Magazine
As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by multi-award winning fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span), has built a massive reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and "reshaping it in fascinating ways" fRoots
BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo) Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are described The Guardian as being "Subtle, bravely original...a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma"
Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare but highly sought after affair, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting chemistry.
"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 within a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”.
The lineup released their debut album to coincide with their appearance at 2017 Fairport's Cropredy Convention, and both the album and their performance have received outstanding reviews.
"The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique musical proposition; they are taking folk music down new and enthralling paths. They are also one of the most exciting live bands you are likely to see this year (or any year, for that matter)" Folk Radio UK