Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

2nd July 2022 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)

Kirkgate Theatre

Category: Music

Our Saturday Big Gig headliners are playing their first gig in Cumbria, and it’s here at the Kirkgate for Cockermouth LIVE!

The 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, the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band with acclaimed previous visitors to the Kirkgate, Edgelarks (multi-instrumental duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers joining the fray. As collaborations go, it doesn’t get more mouth-watering than this!

While Peter Knight, as part ofSteeleye Span’sclassic 1970s line-up, helped invent a brand of folk rock that is still influential today, John Spiers, has had an equally profound impact on the landscape of traditional music over the last two decades.

Characterised by riotous inventiveness, technically gifted individual playing and subtle collaborative interaction, this coming together of several of the biggest names on the folk-roots scene, combines a deep knowledge of roots traditions with a ceaselessly boundary pushing approach.

“Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” – Spiral Earth

“One of the best live bands you are likely to see this year, or any year for that matter” – Folk Radio UK

“Totally blown away by the spellbinding Gigspanner set at Cropredy. Lost for words…” –

“What a fabulous team they make together, producing a startingly new musical form with few, if any, true antecedents. The flights of musical and interpretive fancy are staggering in their natural invention” – Fatea Magazine

“Amazing… a force to be reckoned with – they storm every stage they walk on” – Mike Harding