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APPEARING at the Nettlebed Folk Club on Monday (June 15) are Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter

APPEARING at the Nettlebed Folk Club on Monday (June 15) are Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight’s band Gigspanner — along with award-winning folk duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

The late and much lamented fantasy Terry Pratchett once wrote of Peter Knight that he “can spin the world on his bow”. Others have called him “the Jimi Hendrix of the fiddle world”.

The truth is that Steeleye Span’s iconic fiddle player/virtuoso violinist is a true shapeshifter — one who can seamlessly embrace any number of styles with skill, grace and, most vitally, heart -tugging emotion.

It is this that sets Knight apart from the crowd, resulting in him being viewed by some as something of a maverick.

It is within the context of Gigspanner, Knight’s own trio, that concertgoers get to experience the very best of what he has to offer. It is within this framework that he can access a rich seam of emotion and depth of feeling — an opportunity that rarely presents itself within the confines of Steeleye Span.

Naturally, the emotions explored range from the sublime to the humorous, as Peter’s well known sense of humour and joie de vivre are very much part of the package.

Peter is joined by guitarist Roger Flack, and Percussionist Vincent Salzfaas — two extraordinary and powerful musicians in their own right.

For their part, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin were named best duo at the 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards.

With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that spans the genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go.

Festival appearances have included regular Glastonbury slots and all the major folks festivals, including main stage slots at Sidmouth Folk Week, Broadstairs, Warwick, Shrewsbury, Gate to Southwell, Shepley Spring, Priddy. The duo are also a constant presence on the greenfield festival circuit, including appearances at Larmer Tree, Sunrise Celebration and Green Man.

Stage time is 8pm at Nettlebed Village Club, High Street, Nettlebed. For further details, call 01628 636620 or visit www.nettlebedfolkclub.

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