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The Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn Saltlines Tour

May 9, 2024

Taking audiences by storm, SALTLINES is a compelling Prose and Music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and 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 in a seamless performance of old songs with their origins in the South-West, and brand-new compositions written by Raynor Winn especially for this production.

 Speaking about what Saltlines means to her, Raynor says “The coastline of the south west holds a rich past, a vibrant present and has changed my life in ways without measure, so to find inspiration for Saltlines wasn’t hard. The Gigspanner Big Band brought together a beautiful collection of songs from the area to form the basis of the project and my words have come in response to the history, texture and sense of place those songs evoke.


As an author I mostly work alone, so to work alongside the band in the development of Saltlines has given me a rare experience of artistic community and collaboration – a space in which to learn and grow. But to watch this group of musicians take a traditional song and lift it into the present, to transform it until it speaks of generations past and ones yet to come, through an almost unspoken passion and understanding of the music itself – well, that’s been the greatest privilege”

Saltlines is an unmissable experience for those with a love of lyrical writing and inspiring music, and for anyone who values the social and natural history of Britain’s rural landscape, and the common threads that bind its fragile communities and wildlife.

Its impact on audiences has been astonishing…

“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, breath-taking, 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”

Beginning life as a trio formed by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight, the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray.

Tour dates as follows:

18 Carnglaze Caverns/Liskeard
19 The Pavilions/Exmouth 
20 Marine Theatre/Lyme Regis
22 Huntingdon Hall/Worcester
23 Stables Theatre/Milton Keynes
24 The Playhouse/Oxford.
25 Arts at St George’s/Beckenham
26 Trinity Theatre/Tunbridge Wells.
28 Pavilion Theatre/Worthing 
29 The Haymarket/Basingstoke 
30 Memorial Theatre/Marlborough
31 Subscription Rooms/Stroud

01 Brewhouse Theatre/Taunton 

“Saltlines is beautiful. Exquisite musicianship and truly soulful music, led by the radiant Raynor Winn, who performs prose about the sea, nature and love alongside the wonderful Gigspanner Big Band. A must see. It’s just what we need right now”

Marianne Elliott OBE Director (War Horse

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