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Guitarist Gordon Giltrap Photo copy Leigh Preston

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Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Blackmore's Night says:

"Anyone who asks me knows, that I think that Gordon Giltrap is one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world.

He gave me lots of hints on how to approach the acoustic guitar as opposed to the electric guitar.

He was always way ahead of his time. His concerts and playing are breathtaking. He's also very witty, and I love the fact that he has not cut his hair!"


Health Update 3rd June 2016

My dear friends just to let you know that I'm out of hospital and on the slow road to recovery.

I shall be writing more when my mind and body are up to it.

SO many amazing people to thank.


Health News 2015

Hello Everyone,

I thought I should let friends and followers of my music know that on the 11th of June this year I was diagnosed with a rare cancer called a GIST, which stands for Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumour.

Fortunately for me it is not at this time life threatening and hopefully will be sorted by surgery either later this year or early next. After surgery I will require at least a three month recovery period.

This news has of course been life changing for Hilary and I, and I have just been put on a three to six month course of tablets to shrink the tumour to help make surgery less invasive. The tumour at the moment is basically the size of a small melon.

To that end I have decided, for the time being at least not to accept any more engagements for 2016. Fortunately I have been able to continue with the engagements already in the book, however to all intents and purposes I have (for now) retired from the live arena.

I’m going public with this not to elicit sympathy but to really let you know how things stand at the moment and why there are no bookings being arranged. As I mentioned earlier, fortunately what I have is not life threatening and I consider myself very fortunate indeed that it has been detected.

Because of the present situation, Hilary and I are taking things a week or so at a time, making it incredibly difficult to make any long term plans.

I hope you will understand that if you are moved to send a message (which of course will be gratefully received) I won’t be able to reply to everyone. You can leave any messages on my Forum page at http://giltrap.co.uk/discussion/viewforum.php?f=13 on the Newsflash section - you will need to register if you have not already done so.

Please watch the website for further updates.

Be Well.

Sept 2015

Guitar Workshop SOLD OUT

I have decided after all these years to host a guitar weekend in the glorious and historic spa town of Buxton. My good friend Woody Mann has been urging me to do this for many years now and it will in its way be an historic landmark in my career. It will be held over the weekend of 11/12/13th of September. I shall be teaching a maximum of 12 students and the weekend is open to players of all levels. If you want to learn about all things GILTRAP this is for you. All places on this course are now SOLD OUT.

More details can be found HERE but if you would like to register your interest for possible future dates please email Sue Holton at ggiltrap+guitarworkshop@gmail.com and she will make sure you get sent all the full info.

Lathkill Music Publishers - The Gordon Giltrap Collection

Great news folks. The notation and tablature for many of my pieces are available to order as a download from my friend Steve Marsh's website at Lathkill Music

My ambition is to get virtually everything of worth that I have ever composed in music and TAB form up and running on Steve's website, and believe me there are a lot of pieces on there. Thus far there are 34 titles ready and waiting for all you keen pickers who want to have a go at some of these tunes of mine. All titles on this list come in a PDF format which includes both musical notation and Tablature. Each PDF costs £4.50.

There is also a new page in the Discography section which lists the tracks - these are just a taster of things to come, this is just the tip of the iceberg so check back regularly.

Get "up close and intimate" with Gordon - 2016 bookings suspended due to health

During his 40 year career, Gordon Giltrap has played in pretty much every kind of venue in the UK from the grandeur of Birmingham's Symphony Hall to tiny, out of the way village halls. He enjoys performing in all types of venues and particularly loves the challenge that the smaller venues present where the front rows of the audience are 'up close and intimate'.

This is where YOU come in. If you would like Gordon to perform a private concert especially for you and your friends in your home (or at a venue of your choice) then call or email Sue Holton, her details are HERE

Afterwards, people get to interact with someone they would probably never get to meet in such an intimate setting. Photos are taken, memories shared, CD's autographed, and often lifelong friends are made. Gordon loves it because he gets to meet people who, in many cases, have been listening to his music for years, coming to see him in large venues like theatres, always having to see him from "out in the audience," and only getting to interact with him on a personal level for a couple of minutes after the show. The private concert puts the power back into the hands of the individual fans. Now, you get to choose the venue and the artist comes to you. You can even get your friends and family to club together to pay for a booking - it could be the perfect solution of what to give the person who has everything! Private concerts are the future of intimate performances.

Another new project - Frankenspiel FS-X: the Bluetooth speaker

Just wanted to let you know about another new project that I am involved in. Rob Aitchison of ExplorAudio has just launched the Frankenspiel FS-X: 100dB HiFi Bluetooth speaker/portable audio monitor. It's audio characteristics make it ideal as a portable audio monitor, whether you're playing or singing, or writing music.

Once again, I would like to stress that I am not qualified to give anyone financial advice, but there is an opportunity for you to get involved with crowd funding the project if you wish via Kickstarter. You can find out all about it HERE

David Finney Portrait and cards

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As you all know by now, the David Finney portrait is complete and limited edition prints are available as well as the greetings cards.

Prints signed by David are mounted to 20" x 16" at £65 (including p&p)

Cards signed by David and Gordon are 7" x 5" and are £5 each, with 20% donated to Musicians Benevolent Fund.

Please contact the artist direct at dave@davidfinney.com or visit his website www.davidfinney.co.uk/ for more information.

Classic Albums now available again on CD

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29th July this year sees the re-release of my three classic albums from 76 to 79. Visionary, Perilous Journey, and Fear of the Dark.

Cherry Red Records who released Ravens and Lullabies have taken on the task, and Oliver Wakeman has worked on the artwork and layout of all three albums.

Many of you will remember good old Voiceprint putting out these old chestnuts quite a few years back. Having Oliver on board to do the artwork will certainly add that extra touch of class to the package, and that respected journalist Malcolm Dome interviewed me for an updated history on the writing and recording of these now classic albums.

All three releases have the already mentioned new sleeve notes plus bonus tracks, and cherry picked archive material from that period. They have all been digitally remastered to the highest standard possible.

I firmly believe that these albums represent the best re-releases I have been associated with for many years, and it is great to know that the music contained has stood the test of time.The Peacock Party and Airwaves will be available again from 30th June 2014 and Live at Oxford is also among the re-issues.

I hope these albums become a welcome addition to your GG collection, and I thank Oliver and the record company for working so hard to make this a bit special.

Tab for Loren now available for download

I'm so pleased that the piece I wrote in memory of Loren Jansch is getting such a nice response on Twitter from players who have watched the YouTube clip of me playing it.

I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Bob Wilson for creating some lovely TAB for it which is now available as a PDF on the Tips and Tabs page for folk to download and play.

As yet I need to get into my studio and record a definitive version of this piece, but there is plenty of time, and as the YouTube clip is already in place and I’m pretty pleased with my rendition of it on there so I can live with it for a while.

Everyone says what a fitting tribute this is to a very special person. Who knows what life this tune will have now it's out there in the public domain?

Gordon joins Twitter

You can now keep up to date with all the latest happenings by following Gordon on Twitter @GordonGiltrap
Update 1st Dec 2011

Vintage Gordon Giltrap signature acoustic wins MIA's Acoustic Guitar Of The Year award.

The winner of The Guitar Techniques 'Acoustic Guitar of the Year' in the annual MIA (Music Industries Association) Music Awards was the Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature acoustic model by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd which beat off stiff competition to take the victory.

The annual MIA (Music Industries Association) Music Awards were held at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on November 30th, with leading musical products and MI groups vying for top prizes.

The VE2000GG (£499rrp) is a deserving winner, having achieved ace reviews from magazines around the world, as well as an receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from players worldwide, including high profile names like John Parr, worldwide 12-string authority Paul Brett, and Billy Hawkins of the award-winning Fishermen's Friends.

Guitar players clearly appreciate Gordonâs Vintage signature guitar, as they voted for it in their droves on the MusicRadar website, demonstrating that the VE2000GG is a winner with the public and music dealers.

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On the victory for his signature model, Gordon Giltrap said: "Getting this award is a great honour, and for me ranks alongside the Ards Festival lifetime achievement award and my Ivor Novello award nomination. Credit must surely go to the guitar's designer, Rob Armstrong, and to Dennis Drumm and all the team at JHS."

Dennis Drumm, JHS's Managing Director, said: "Awards are great of course, and the fact that a public vote produced this result makes it an even more welcome accolade, and highlights some of the cornerstones of the Vintage brand: great design, great quality, and, of course, great value".

The MIA Music Awards have become a major celebration for the whole music products industry, honouring the best-selling and most reliable and innovative products and retail initiatives in the UK and celebrating the top individuals and organisations within the musical instrument industry.

The awards ceremony was supported by media partners Classic FM, Future Publishing and MI Pro, and featured 25 categories in total celebrating and rewarding success in every sector of the industry.

Vintage guitars are distributed worldwide by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. For more information, visit the JHS website

There is a full review of the event by Gordon in the January News page and more on the full guitar range HERE
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Bert Jansch Foundation

Gordon is delighted to be a patron of this special charity whose work it is to encourage students of the guitar and to keep alive the memory and work of this enigmatic genius.
Bert Jansch Foundation

Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust

It has been my pleasure and privilege to be a patron of the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust for twenty years now, and over that time the charity has raised a small fortune being put to outstanding benefits to patients afflicted with this terrible cancer.
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Every year I do a fundraising concert, usually over the Easter period at The Fleece in Bretforton just outside Evesham in a medieval 500 year old barn. Each year Hilary and I look forward very much to this small but special event to celebrate the life of this remarkable young girl whose life was so tragically cut short.

On our new Charity Page you will find information about the charity and how you can help further the work of Tracy's mother Sue Sollis who has raised literally thousands from her unstinting downright hard work.

She should be on the honours list for the work she has done to help find a cure for Leukaemia and also to raise money to buy equipment for her local hospital. A truly great human being.

Read the News Update pages for extra details on these items and more.

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