GIGSPANNER, led by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight will be performing at Dorchester Arts on Saturday 4 May, 8pm.

They have established a reputation as a ground-breaking force on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write “Gigspanner are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer”May 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the intriguingly named Lipreading the Poet, the debut album by Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, which had the distinction of being listed as one of the best 10 Global albums of 2009 by The Wire magazine.

Described since as one of the “most quietly brilliant sets of musicians in the folk world and beyond” (Folk Radio UK), Gigspanner has stayed true to their quest to take self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, and with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” (Spiral Earth).

*Gigspanner, Dorchester Corn Exchange, Saturday, May 4, 8pm. Contact Dorchester Arts for tickets.