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Live Music: Gigspanner Big Band with Raynor Winn - Saltlines

Thursday 2nd November 2023, 8:00pm

Saltlines is an inspiring ‘Prose and Music’ collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene.

Together they celebrate the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path. Old songs blend with new compositions Raynor has written especially for this production.

This is an unmissable experience for anyone who appreciates beautiful words, inspiring music, and the social and natural history of Britain’s coastline.

Gigspanner began life as a trio formed by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight. The line-up has since expanded to form The Gigspanner Big Band. Their number include multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers.

Audience reaction to Saltlines

Incredible. I’m still reeling from the show this morning.

Simply perfect. Unbelievably emotional. One hell of an evening.

Saltlines was truly off the scale. Completely carried away by the beauty, sensitivity and pure artistic genius of the whole performance.

Quite simply one of the most exquisite, breathtaking, hauntingly beautiful and life-affirming performances I’ve ever seen. Thank you all so much.

Powerful, thought provoking, seamless and blessed with the flow of brilliance. Libretto perfect, musicianship perfect. Quite astonishing.


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Location:Turner Sims Concert Hall

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