At 2016’s FolkEast Festival, Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of Steeleye Span, was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance. After they were greeted with standing ovations and roars for more, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there – and now they’re bringing their awe-inspiring show to Theatre Severn while touring their album Well Met, which focuses on the complexities of traditional dance tunes.
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 the powerhouse duo 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.
The pair visit Shrewsbury on Tuesday 19 March with tickets priced at £16.50 – visit theatresevern.co.uk for details.