Advice sought regarding music venues, please

Hello, I live in the Creuse, Limousin with my husband Peter, although work necessitates that we spend much of the year in the UK touring concert halls the length and breadth of Britain, and in the spring and summer, the festival circuit. It is always with a sense of sadness that we leave the tranquility of the Creuse, although there is something to be said for the diversity of our lifestyle!

I do recognise a few faces on this forum, and hope to get to know one or two more in time...

So...following on from a hugely successful tour of Central and SW France last September, I am once again planning tour dates for Peter Knight’s Gigspanner for September 2013.

The trio won the hearts of both French and ex-pat audiences, and there was a balanced cross section of both.

I already have a number of dates in place, and am hoping to add a few more. If you are an event organiser, member of an association or know of a venue that may be suitable, would you kindly get in touch? The area that I am especially looking at is between Cahors and Mougins, but I am very open to considering others. Last year the venues ranged from Churches, Folk Clubs, Salles de fêtes, and a couple of converted Barns.

Thank you.

A band profile follows:

"Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool", but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.

Without doubt, a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). It is appropriate then that author Terry Pratchett wrote that “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”

Ultimately, the music Gigspanner produces confounds any attempt to label it, and it is that intriguing, indefinable ingredient that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. As a trio they have successfully amalgamated the diverse sum of their parts, and have honed and polished a brand that is uniquely theirs, without any show of gimmickry.

Finding the perfect vehicle to showcase the breadth of his virtuosity, Peter’s musicianship within the context of Gigspanner is a revelation to those whose only experience of his playing has been limited to Steeleye Span.

Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe. Both have been described as "powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right" (Geoff Boudreau, Rye Arts Festival).

As a founding member of Celtic-Rock Band ‘The Tabs’, Roger is primarily a rock musician who shares Peters’ affinity with traditional material, whilst Vincent who has studied his craft in Senegal and Cuba, adds another dimension, one that is distinctly multi-cultural. As R2 magazine noted, it is Vincent’s musical presence that seals the deal with regard to what makes ‘Gigspanner different’.

What they do have in common is an unwavering, single minded commitment to dig deep and to load the music with something of value. Gigspanner’s audience knows that it is being honoured with a gift that is the difference between ‘entertaining’ and ‘spellbinding’.

Gigspanner’s Debut Album ‘Lipreading the Poet’ was named by 'The Wire' as one of the best 15 Global Albums of 2009. But ditch the pigeonholes. Gigspanner's commitment to producing "music of intelligently crafted brilliance" (Songlines) has paid off in spades, and they have now earned their place on the festival and concert stages of the UK and beyond".

"One of the best sets came from Peter Knight's Gigspanner...
Beautiful Instrumentals and fine treatments of traditional pieces"
R2 Magazine, Review of Great British Folk Festival 2012

“Intelligent, multi-lingual music making.
Gigspanner are marking out a distinctive zone of their own”

Julian Cowley, The Wire

“The Trio co-creates a depth of multi-textured melody
that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up.
Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed"

Noel Harvey, Acoustic Magazine

"Altogether gorgeous, music to sustain the spirit.
Rarely have I heard such insistent calls for encores"

Dai Jeffries, Rock 'n Reel Magazine

“Great, innovative music, encompassing a variety of influences drawn from an invaluable career.Don’t let it be history that tells you how good. Be there.”

Simon Rowan

Thank you to those who contributed venue ideas to this thread.

We have been touring in the UK for the past few weeks, and I am now playing catch up!

We have a few more UK festivals to play later in the month, and then we have the French dates to look forward to from early September.

This is the second French tour, and these dates are by popular demand. You really don't have to be into 'folk' music to enjoy this. Journalist and SFN contributor Mark Sampson wrote last year in his blog:

"I was spellbound by the brilliance of the musicianship. Just three men and their instruments: Peter on fiddle, Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on the most tasteful djembe and congas. It was folk music, Jim, but not as I knew was one of those special events that mark out your life".

Peter Knight of Steeleye Span presents Gigspanner

“The Trio co-creates a depth of multi-textured melody that belies the pared-down instrumental line-up.
Exceptional stuff, and not to be missed"
Noel Harvey, Acoustic Magazine

Saturday September 7th

Presented by the Association Vivre a Saint Amand

La Mairie (enclosed Chapiteaux)

Saint Amand Jartoudeix,


All info at

Sunday September 8th

Eglise de Saint Jean de Najac



Tickets (12 euros) will be available from the church one hour before the 8.00pm performance time, but they can also be bought on-line at

Friday September 13th

Presented by the Association Le Son de la Source

La Maison du Temps Libre,

Ave Jean Jaures,


Haute Vienne

12 euros

Ticket reservation and info: 05 55 48 81 36 or on-line at

Saturday September 14th

Three course meal and concert at a romantic Walnut Mill with its own cutting edge performance space.

L'espace at Briancon,

(Between Verteillac and Saint Martial Viveyrol)

Dordogne/Charente borders

Tickets 40 euros

Info (0)5 53 91 38 41

Wednesday 18th September

Royal Mougins Golf Club,


Alpes-Maritimes (06), Provence

Friday 20th September

In association with Cahors Folk Club.

Le château,

Labastide-Marnhac, (10km south of Cahors),



Tickets 12 euros available at Folk Club, or on-line at

Information about Peter Knight's Gigspanner....

If you would like more information, please get in touch...thanks!

Many thanks, Bruce.

Could try The Dixieland Bar in Verteuil,

Hello, Brian

Many thanks for this suggestion. I will certainly investigate the possibilities.

Best wishes,


The P’tit Loup in Lalinde is a small but first class venue. The proprietor is Nono (Bruno really) and a nice guy. I've never done so, but know that Nono speaks excellent English if necessary. There are one or two other venues in the area, unfortunately we have just lost one a while ago, but Nono could also probably advise on that.

Le P’tit Loup
Nono (Bruno) Calonne
20, rue Gabriel Peri
24 150 LALINDE

0553 24 90 75

Hello, Maria!

How lovely to have a reply from someone who has seen the band. I was surprised how many people from Hastings turned up at gigs last year, including some who flew over for a long weekend.

This years plans are going well, and confirmed so far are:

6th September: Salle des fêtes, Saint Pierre Cherignat, Creuse

7th September: Eglise, Saint Amand Jartoudeix, Creuse (Association Mieux vivre à St Amand)

13th September: Maison du Temps Libre, Rochechouart, Haute Vienne (Association Son et la Source)

14th September: L'espace, Briancon, Verteillac, Dordogne

September 20th, Chateau de Labastide Marnhac, Lot (in association with Cahors Folk Club)

I am also in the process of confirming dates for a concert in Mougins.

I will post again as soon as tickets are on sale, and the information will be available at

If anyone else has ideas, or may be interested in co-organising something, please get in touch...there is room for more! Thank you.


Hello there, Kwashie,

That would be a wonderful festival to play, although this year other commitments would make it impossible. Many thanks for taking the time to suggest it though. I will bear it in mind for next year.

Best wishes, Deborah.

Have you thought of arranging something around the Confolens festival? 13-18 August