The Legendary Steeleye Fiddler and band entertainer was in the band more years than anyone apart from Maddy. Peter was there when Steeleye first played live in 1970, joining straight after the first line-up disbanded having never played a gig. He crucially kept the band going at the turn of the century when briefly he was the last man standing, he got most of the 'classic line-up back together in order to save the band. Peter started working on solo material in the early 90's, although did record an album in 1977 with Bob Johnson called 'The King of Elfland's Daughter'. Peter is still very active and left Steeleye to focus on his current musical projects which are listed below with links.
Peter started in music as a student at the 'Royal Academy of Music' but decided not finish his studies as he didn't see any future as a musician. His first job was selling musical instruments. It was around this time that Peter started going to Borehamwood Folk club to see the travelling musicians. But it was not until he heard Michael Coleman, the Irish fiddler, that inspired him to delve into this type of music himself. Peter then met Bob Johnson and after doing a few gigs Peter quit his job and lived off the proceeds of selling the instruments that he had bought through his job! This went on for a year before Ashley phoned him up to offer to join Steeleye.
Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Peter's main focus is this brilliant trio, which is becoming a very well known act on the folk scene and they are currently celebrating 10 years of regular touring and releasing albums.
The band also combines with the Edgelarks to become the Gigspanner 'Big Band' for various concerts. All the latest news, releases and tour info can be found clicking the picture.