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

Gigspanner with Peter Knight, right

Gigspanner with Peter Knight, right - Credit: Archant

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.

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“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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