Knight & Spiers
Wed 26 April, 2023 @ Wed 26 April, 2023
Wednesday April 26th ’23
Onstage from 20:00
On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.
With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.
“Knight’s playing is a revelation. A world away from folky fiddling, it’s fully informed by the classical style, all long sweeping bow strokes and eloquent legato. Yet he never loses the essential folk heart of the music, tracing a graceful line of his own making”
“Contemplative, accomplished…an evening to relish for some time to come”
“(The melodeon) is a curious kind of versatile, but Spiers knows exactly how to capture and manipulate its range, adding maximum colour and savour to the music”
£20 on the door*
Salami, Chorizo, Prosciutto Ham, Sundried Tomatoes, Hummus, Olives, Pickles, Apple, Crisps, Ciabatta, Carmelised Onion Chutney, and Salad.
Platter for One – £9.00 – Add Cheese (Cheddar and Brie) £1.75
Sharing Platter for Two – £17.95 – Add Cheese (Cheddar and Brie) £3.50
Falafel, Hummus, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, Pickles, Apple, Crisps, Ciabatta, Caramelised Onion Chutney, and Salad. (VGN)
Platter for One – £8.50 (VGN) – Add Cheese (Cheddar and Brie) £1.75 (V)
Sharing Platter for Two – £16.50 (VGN) – Add Cheese (Cheddar and Brie) £3.50 (V)
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Our goal is to provide an excellent personal service to our customers and to do this requires a lot of resource. The booking fee we levy contributes to the cost of running the Quay Arts Centre, its Box Office and Box Office systems. As a charitable not for profit organisation all income is used to support the delivery of arts and cultural activities to our local community.