With Peter Ritter& # 39; s violin and accompanied by drummer Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flacker, the Gigspanner trio celebrated the tenth anniversary of their debut album The poet's lip reading in 2019. Her last studio album, The wife of the city law, was released in 2017 when Peter turned 70. As you can see from the 30 day tour itinerary below, it is still showing no signs of slowing down, and some of these dates are already sold out. This includes appointments with Hannah Martin, Phillip Henry (from Edgelerks) and John Spiers who form the extended lineup of the Gigspanner Big Band. Thomas Blake once described it as "a revelation that explores the wildest shores of folk rock and moves closer to jazz, oriental music and even a beguilingly avant-garde brand of modern drone-based compositions".
Those of you who have seen them live know that they are far more than a traditional folk band; their sound moves between different spheres of influence that are familiar and exploring.
The way the band plays quickly and easily with the idea of traditional song structures is a big part of their appeal. It's really exciting to hear a band expand the possibilities of folk music in so many different directions. Thomas Blake (Volksradio)
Most recently, with From Poets to Wives, they delivered a “best of album” with selected tracks from their first three studio albums Lipreading the Poet (2009), Layers of Ages (2015) and The Wife of Urban Law (2017) and their live Album Doors at Eight (2011). The carefully selected nine tracks showed how beautifully original and innovative their music can be.
In their expanded big band form, they take this exploration to another level, capturing the sparkle of their musicality and the intimacy of their collaboration.
You now have the chance to see her live on one of the busiest tours I've seen in a while. Get out there and enjoy and support live music again; Here's a reminder why:
Gigspanner Trio / Big Band tour dates
Gigspanner Trio dates (unless otherwise stated)
Saturday 23 October – Manchester Folk Festival (Gigspanner Big Band)
Friday October 29th – St. Bartholomew’s Church / Community Hall, Binley, Coventry (SOLD OUT)
Saturday October 30th – The Village Hall, Shutlanger, Northants
Sunday October 31st – Middle Aston House, Oxon
Tuesday November 2nd – G Live, Guildford
Wednesday November 3rd – Quay Arts Center, Isle of Wight
Thursday 4th November – Hanger Farm Arts Center, Totton, Southampton
Friday November 5th – Riverhouse Barn Arts Center, Walton-on-Thames
Saturday 6th November – Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, Suffolk
Sunday November 7th – 7th The Stables Theater, Hastings
Wednesday November 10th – The Stables Theater, Wavendon, Milton Keynes
Thursday November 11th – Fleecey Folk The Fleece Bretforton Evesham
Saturday November 13th – Community Hall, Kingsand, Cornwall
Sunday November 14th – Devoran Acoustic, Devoran, Cornwall
Wednesday November 17th – Brixham Theater
Thursday November 18th – Brewhouse Theater, Taunton
Friday 19th November – The Market Theater, Ledbury, Herefordshire
Saturday November 20th – St. Peter’s Church, Kinver, Staffordshire
Sunday, November 21st – Town Hall, Bischofsburg
Wednesday November 24th – Victoria Hall, Settle
Thursday, November 25th – Memorial Hall, Reeth
Friday November 26th – Otley Courthouse
Saturday November 27th – Ropery Hall, The Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber
Gigspanner big band
Sunday November 28th – The Great British Folk Festival, Skegness
Monday, November 29th – Wells Maltings, Wells-Next-The-Sea
Wednesday December 1st – New Cut Arts Center, Halesworth
Thursday December 2nd – The Landmark Arts Center, Teddington
Friday 3rd December – The Royal Theater, Margate.
Saturday December 4th – Hailsham Pavilion (Spyboy Promotions)
Sunday December 5th – The Spring Arts Center, Havant (sold out)
Tickets and further details at https://www.gigspanner.com/live