Beginning life as a trio – with legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight, percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack – the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band (pictured above) along with BBC Folk Awards “Best Duo”, Edgelarks and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player John Spiers.
The group is set to play at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, next week, and it was Peter, as part of Steeleye Span’s classic 1970s line-up, who helped invent a brand of folk rock that is still influential today.
The coming together of several of the biggest names on the folk-roots scene is characterised by technically gifted individual playing and collaborative inventiveness, with self-penned material alongside music rooted in the British Isles and beyond.
Gigspanner’s high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental and they are at the town centre venue on Thursday, May 5, at 7.30pm.
Ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk to book tickets.