Welcome to Gordon Giltrap's Website
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!"
As one gets older, one gets a new perspective on life, or at least one should. Life does go by very quickly with the onset of years, and I'm constantly asking myself "how did I get here and still be a part of this wonderful world we call show business?"
I'm still in wonder of it all. Obviously I can't play with the energy and sharpness that I had 25 years ago but I damn well try, and I think folk find it fascinating watching this old geezer still trying to play HEARTSONG and LUCIFERS CAGE, the way he did all those years ago.
People often say to me" you really look as though you enjoy playing the guitar". The answer is "of course I do" and I’m thrilled that I can still do it that's for sure.
I have had the privilege of playing with some of the greatest exponents of their chosen instruments on the planet. Many of them were my early heroes and mentors, like the late great Bert Jansch, and in the 70's John Renbourn. Others like Martin Taylor, Ric Sanders, Rick Wakeman, Oliver Wakeman, Raymond Burley, John Etheridge, Clive Carroll, Brian May, Steve Howe, James Taylor, Simon Phillips, Tommy Emmanuel and Del Newman, make up an impressive list I'm sure you will agree.
The journey that I embarked on way back in 1966, has been pretty turbulent at times, but in the main I wouldn't have changed it for the world.
The guitar has given this kid from Deptford more than he could have imagined, and if good fortune continues to smile on me, there is hopefully more to come.
THANKYOU for reading this and visiting my lovely website.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website www.davidfinney.co.uk/ for more information.
Classic Albums now available again on CD
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?
Update 15th Jan 2013 -Track listing for Ravens and Lullabies
There will be two different releases of the album. A standard single CD with the following 13 tracks:
- Fiona's Smile
- From the Turn of a Card
- Maybe Tomorrow
- Wherever There Was Beauty
- Is This the Last Song I Write?
- A Mayfair Kiss
- Anyone Can Fly
- A Perfect Day
- Credit Carnival
- One For Billie
- Ravens Will Fly Away
The 2CD signed limited edition will have a second CD featuring the following tracks
Live recordings taken from the 2012 tour:
- Nature's Way
- Isabella's Wedding
- Progress of the Soul
- On Camber Sands
- Lutey and the Mermaid
New studio recordings:
- Praeludium (from the Well Tempered Clavier)
- The Forgotten King
Update 9th April 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
GET UP CLOSE AND INTIMATE WITH GORDON
During his 40 year career, Gordon 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 (details on the Contact page)
We guarantee you and your guests an exclusive night to remember with personal entertainment from one of the UK's top guitarists.
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