Former Steeleye Span band member takes to the stage as FolkWeek comes to a close

PUBLISHED: 17:30 10 August 2018

Gigspanner with Peter Knight, right

Gigspanner with Peter Knight, right

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Former Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight has a musical secret.

He was recording in the studio in the 1970s with the folk rock legends when producer Mike Batt asked a favour.

He was short of some Wombles for a Top of the Pops appearance by the children’s TV spin off band. Peter became Great Uncle Bulgaria.

Tonight (Friday) he sends festival goers on their way with a rousing final concert with his band Gigspanner in collaboration with Hannah Martin and Phillip Henry, two young BBC 2 award-winning musicians.

“It’s absolutely lovely to be finishing the festival off. We want people to feel they’ve heard good music and been entertained in different ways,” he said.

“For me it’s important to leave a lot of space to reflect the moment without losing the essence of what you’re playing.”

The concert is at the Ham Marquee starting at 7.30pm.

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