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Show of Hands - The Best One Yet

Thursday 28th October 2021

St Mary's Arts Centre, Sandwich

Declan O'Rourke

Friday 12th November

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

Saturday 20th November 2021

Colyer-Fergusson Room, Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Usher's Island

Sunday 28th November 2021

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Martyn Joseph

Saturday 4th December 2021

Waterstones, Canterbury


Peter Knight's Gigspanner with special guest Marion Fleetwood

Friday 5th July 2013

St Gregory's Music Centre, Canterbury Christ Church Uni

Tickets £15
Students £10
Doors 7.15pm for 8pm start
£2 extra on the door

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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 
"another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool" (Andy Letcher), but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. 

The music Gigspanner produces constantly 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.
The trio is now established as a powerful presence at venues and festivals around the UK and beyond, and it is widely acknowledged that Gigspanner can't be compared to any other Band working on the music scene today. They are a genuine one-off without being in any way gimmicky.

What can be said is that 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 rather appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow” 

Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter’s musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been limited to Steeleye Span.

Peter is supported by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe, the musician whose presence “makes Gigspanner different” (R2 Magazine). Both have been described as "powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right" (Geoff Boudreau, Rye Arts Festival)

Gigspanner’s 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.

“Intelligent, multi-lingual music making. 
Gigspanner are marking out a distinctive zone of their own”

Julian Cowley, The Wire 

“The Trio co-creates a depth of multi-textured melody that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up. Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed" 
Noel Harvey, Acoustic Magazine

"Altogether gorgeous, music to sustain the spirit. Rarely have I heard such insistent calls for encores" 
Dai Jeffries, Rock 'n Reel Magazine

“A blistering pace of a musical world Tour ... the Jimi Hendrix of the fiddle world” 
Phil Widdows, Folkcast

“Great, Innovative music, encompassing a variety of influences drawn from an invaluable career. Don’t let it be history that tells you how good. Be there.”
Simon Rowan (Folk in the Barn, Canterbury, Review)

We are particularly thrilled that our special guest this evening opening for Gigspanner will be Marion Fleetwood

Marion has a musical career spanning 25 years, in genres as diverse as thrash metal and grand opera and has performed to audiences of all sizes, from 30 school children to 20,000 festival go-ers.   

An experienced 'in demand' recording artist,  she currently performs live with ColvinQuarmby, an award winning band who have a reputation as one of the best festival bands on the scene.  Playing violin, mandolin and cello, Marion also sings backing vocals. 

'We were treated to Marion Fleetwood’s stunning version of Jane Siberry’s “The Valley”. Now I’m a big fan of top quality female vocalists such as Chris While (and indeed KD Lang), and I have to say that Marion Fleetwood is assuredly in that class. The voice is enough. Ethereal, emotive, passionate and at times siren-esque. The closing note of the song is greeted with genuinely affectionate applause, and a number of people standing up to show their appreciation – yes it was one of THOSE moments!'
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Best known as a talented multi-instrumentalist that sings as part of a band.  I and many others have long held the belief that her greatest asset is her stunning voice, and that Marion would be capable of a successful solo career if she chose to.  It is rare she gets an opportunity to show that talent off to full effect, but on the occasions that I've been nearby when she has - she has blown the roof right off the building.  She sat next to me and sung unaccompanied at an informal session at the Great British Folk Festival, Butlins and everyone in the room stopped what they were doing, quietened and listened in stunned silence.  The communal muttered WOW's were audible"
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- Date Added 10/06/2013