The Gigspanner tour finished last night in Bury. What a great trio this is. Roger, Vincent and myself constantly say how lucky we are to have a musical outlet like this.
The pressisng thought for us now is a new CD. It will be another studio recording.
Sunday 10th February 2013
Every now and again it's nice to welcome friends to play some music with us, so it's with a smile that I write to tell you that my friend, and former member of Steeleye, Tim Harries, will be joining us when we play at Huntingdon Hall Worcester this coming Friday Feb 15th, 2013. I'm still smiling and Friday can't come soon enough. Do try and get along to this gig if you can. It will be special.
Another friend, Marion Fleetwood, will be joining us at Farnsfield Acoustic on Saturday 16th Feb 2013. Marion plays Violin and Cello with Colvin Quarmby. She is a great singer and full of music. Marion is a relatively new friend to us, but it feels as though she has been part of our life for a long time. We haven't played together before so we are all looking forward to the gig.
I can see where all this is heading. The big band.
Thursday 17th January 2013
New single release 'Mad Tom of Bedlam'.
Due to popular demand, we have decided to release our version of this song.
It is available for download from CD Baby by clicking HERE.
Saturday 8th December 2012
Peter Knight's Gigspanner T.Shirts now available to buy online HERE
Thursday December 6th
Tickets for Tunbridge Wells, Hastings, Topsham, Stroud and Cornwall are now available to buy online HERE
Tuesday 6th September 2012
Our Tour De France
What a great time we've had. All good news. Good food, wine, music and some new friends. Just the five gigs, but we will definitely do it again next year.
Most of our audience were of course Brits who now live in France, and some did come over from the UK to see us. The French people that came to the gigs loved the music, and I did my best to introduce some of the songs in French, with a bit of help from Vincent here and there.
The first concert was filmed by Perrine Nouvier for her channel CREUSE TV and we have yet to check it out to see if it could be worth releasing.
Below is a link to a youtube clip of that first concert, with the sound recorded from the camera. As with every concert, we did record the audio so we do have a good quality sound track if needed. The venue in the video is the Salle Des Fêtes, St. Pierre Cherignat.
Here it is.
Wednesday 6th June 2012
Thoughts from a shortening life, June 2012
So every now and then, my lovely wife Deborah suggests that it’s TIME for me to step out of my world of music , and to enter the world of modern day publicity by writing something for t’internet. I mean for my website or Gigspanner’s site, forums etc. etc.
As you have probably guessed by my output in that direction, it’s something that I find an intrusion, although at the same TIME understanding that it’s part of being a working musician in these TIMES.
I don’t want to sound mean or ungrateful towards people who read what musicians have to say with great interest, or in any way diminish the part that audiences play in my profession. Without audiences, musicians would not have gigs. But my life is shorter than it was a minute ago, so TIME is even more precious than it was 15 seconds ago.
Rushing on, I suppose I must be a bit old fashioned when it comes to my privacy in both my private and professional life. On gigs for instance, when I go out on a stage to play music, I have deliberately and knowingly put myself there. When I am in a dressing room before a gig, preparing to play, that place is private, unless I choose otherwise. The reason I mention this is that at a Steeleye gig not so long ago, there was a man with a video camera filming me backstage. I told him to leave immediately. He explained that Park records had hired him to take some footage backstage.
Of course it’s normal to want to know what’s going on behind the scenes. That’s what journalists do. People stick webcams up all over the place and let the world look in.
I am very happy to share the music I play with a listening audience, and very happy make cds and do the odd bit of teaching. What I’m not very good at is to sit down and write something about myself, or what I thought of the last tour for instance. The last tour is no longer relevant to my life. My thoughts on music are constantly changing. My basic relationship with music may remain the same, but my thought processes are always shifting and turning, causing me to question everything I have thought and said before, especially what I have just said during the last ten minutes.
To quickly conclude, TIME is the luxury. I will be selfish with my TIME because it’s mine, and the TIME I give away must be given generously and genuinely and without resentment. I do give away TIME from TIME to TIME, but if I said ‘Yes’ to everyone and everything that wants my TIME, I would have none left for myself. With no TIME for myself I couldn’t make music, and then no one would want my TIME.
At last. I have found an answer.
Isn’t life wonderful?
Wednesday 18th January 2012
A thought bubble from Vincent , January 2012
I have just returned home from an island which lies opposite Miami in Florida, where the only music I heard was the lapping of waves on the shore, and song from rather beautiful and colourful birds.
After two weeks, my drummers tapping affliction subsided and I stopped looking for potential surfaces that I could make a noise on. In fact, I started speaking a strange language instead, which is a language made up of all the sounds of the hand drums I have been fortunate to play to date. This could loosely be called beat boxing, except I do not have the sounds of the drum kit, which this term comes from.
I did have one musical encounter in Miami with a ‘conguero’. This man had left Cuba when Castro came to power, and his father told him to never return. His father was incarcerated as a political prisoner and unfortunately died, so he never saw him again. This conguero had survived in Miami by becoming an accountant, a collector of Cuban art and traditional drums.
He told me many stories of famous percussionists who have inspired me over the years. The stories unfortunately were sad like his own story. The percussionists had lost their way in their personal lives, losing friends and the trust of their fellow musicians. In fact, their musical journeys had tumbled into either playing only religious music (for their retribution and salvation maybe) or only playing out on the street to earn money for surviving on a day to day basis.
I did not play for long with the conguero as the atmosphere was not conducive to playing spontaneous music. His wife (who was not Cuban) did not enjoy the sound of drums! She also could not understand why he needed 15 pairs of congas. He remarked that he didn't stop her buying a new pair of shoes every week...(aargh, the war of the sexes!) It was time to leave and go listen to the birds again.
This encounter made me reflect on the fact that good music only comes from good communication with fellow musicians. The percussionists who had fallen from the top, fell because of their personal problems which meant that nobody could work with them, and their their talent was not to be shared with the world.
Since I have been back, I have been playing every day, and have been applying myself to put all those drum sounds in my head back onto the skins where they belong.
As the saying goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder. I feel blessed to have a partner who understands the need of a musician to play their instrument, and blessed to play with musicians who have no problem communicating their ideas.
I am looking forward to hearing and playing with what comes out that bread oven, and what comes out of Rogers guitar, when we are back on the road.
Happy new year everyone,
Tuesday 2nd January 2012
News from the Bread Oven, January 2012
Happy new year everyone. Peter here.
I am about to go into my studio to work on some new material for Gigspanner. Always a bit strange trying to imagine where it should go now. Last year was great, and this year has to be better. Or worse. But it does have to be different.
My view is that if we do more of the same without trying to push the boundaries a bit, there is a good chance that we will not give the music what is required to make it live.
I am not completely comfortable talking about myself and what I am doing. I do understand that people are interested, and as I am doing now, I am trying to write something that may be of interest, without just listing a few facts about work in progress. If I was good at this, I would not have been a musician. I would have been a writer, publicist, or a Poet. "Read my lips" said the Butterfly.
You see, that's what happens. I begin by trying to write something about Gigspanner and the material that needs to be sorted, and end up on that circular thought process that is the workings of my mind. Hardly fit for the news page on a website. I wil ask Roger and Vincent to jot some thoughts down. That way, you will probably be able to sift through the ramblings and gain some facts.
Anyway. I'm going in. That room where I turn on the recording gear and make a fool of myself when no one is listening. Where it will lead I have no idea. Hopefully something will emerge that excites, and will go on to be a piece of music that can develop and become part of our lives for now at least. Who knows? I may decide that today is not the day that my head and heart will join in holy matromony to marry together the ideas and thoughts that pour from me. Maybe nothing will pour. Something might trickle out.
It may be a good day. A tune - A song - An idea - A bass line.
The bottom line is, I should be in there now instead of writing this. Maybe I'll just set this to music and call it a day.
To the bread oven.
Bread Oven Studio
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Festival News 2012
We are pleased to announce that Gigspanner has been invited to perform at the Village Pump Festival on July 22nd 2012. Further information HERE
Before that however, Gigspanner will be appearing at the first Fiddle Festival of Britain which takes place over the weekend of June 29th - July 1st 2012.
Peter recently had the honour of being appointed Patron of the Festival.
In addition to performing with Gigspanner at the festival, Peter will also be leading a Masterclass.
Full information about the Festival can be found HERE
Tuesday 8th November 2011
Gigspanner will eat a curry in Birmingham tomorrow night.
Wednesday 21st September 2011
Interview with Peter
Peter recently had a chat with Emma Hartley of the Glamour Cave blog. The interview can be read here:
The big new of course is the new CD 'Doors At Eight'.
Next would have to be how much we have enjoyed our recent tour during May 2011. The gigs have been as good as any in the past, and it doesn't get any better than going out to play a gig, and coming away feeling that everyone there, band and audience, has had a worthwhile musical experience.
I am always reluctant to say that I have played well. In one respect it can be the kiss of death thinking such things. On the other, there are times when I feel quietly fullfilled by the realisation that the music I have just played came from the best in me.
Roger and Vincent, once this website is up and running, will add their thoughts and feelings from time to time. Early days to say how this site will develop as time passes.
For now, I will think about what may be of interest to those who are interested in this band's music, and how best to involve you in our musical interests.
Friday June 21st 2013
St Luke's Church Hall
Saturday June 29th 2013
Sunday June 30th 2013
The Fleece Hotel