Friday, 4 January 2013

Gigspanner (music)

Local promoter Bob Perry aka Spyboy has lined up an interesting evening of music at the end of January when Gigspanner will be playing Upstairs at The Lamb. The Gigspanner trio comprises of Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight together with rock guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Vincent Salzfaas. Hastings-based Salzfaas originally encouraged Knight to form a duo but it soon became apparent that another instrument was needed to sustain melodic lines and add depth to the music. An impromptu jam session in Knight's kitchen led to Peter Flack, also a Hastings man, being invited to join.

Despite sharing Peter Knight as a frontman, Gigspanner is a very different band from Steeleye Span. Driven by the strong rhythm section of Flack and Salzfaas, even traditional British or Irish tunes gain an exotic flavour. Whether sliding into French jazz or showcasing a Senegalese djembe solo, the trio maintain their interwoven melodies, close harmonies and superb musicianship. The YouTube clip I have chosen below shows the band playing Sharpe Goes Walkabout, one of the tunes on their current album Doors at Eight (Live)
Upstairs at The Lamb, Sun 27th Jan, 19:30.
Tickets £16.50. Available in person ONLY from Hailsham Pavilion or by calling 01323 841414.

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