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!"
Thanks to Andy Smy for the photo above
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?
This year I reached the grand old age of 65, so I'm now "officially" a pensioner and the proud owner of a bus pass and a senior citizens rail card, recommended by my old pal John Etheridge who is the same vintage!
Obviously I can't believe where all those years have gone as it only seemed like yesterday when I was recording my first album for Transatlantic and sharing the stage with John Martyn and Mike Oldfield!
Looking back I have SO many amazing memories, and it's only when I share these memories with friends and audiences that it hits me that I really was that person way back then meeting some amazing and talented people along the way, during what I consider to be a golden age in acoustic music!
Many have asked when I'm going to write those memories down in a biography? Well, I think that time is getting closer and closer, so one never knows. When the time is right it will happen.
In the meantime I continue to be grateful to be in this crazy music business, doing what I love doing best and that is "sharing" my music and memories with whoever wants to listen for as long as I can.
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
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.
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
13th Dec 2012. Ravens and Lullabies album press release...
Guitar Legend and the next generation of keyboard wizardry join forces for a new record!
March 2013 will see guitar legend Gordon Giltrap and keyboardist Oliver Wakeman (following his years of touring with the classic progressive rock band YES) release their debut collaborative album 'Ravens & Lullabies' on theEsoteric Antenna label.
The album is a 13 song collection of hard hitting memorable rock pieces coupled with thought provoking lyrics alongside acoustic duets featuring their fine instrumental interplay.
The project was initiated with a phone call from Gordon to Oliver in early 2012 requesting Oliver's keyboard services for a new rock album. Within 24 hours Gordon had phoned again suggesting a full collaboration instead and the 'Ravens & Lullabies' concept was born.
Gordon and Oliver spent 2012 writing and recording the album which features a return for Gordon to his rock roots following a 30 year absence and Oliver's first recorded works since his departure from both Yes and Strawbs.
It has been recorded and mixed by 'Threshold' guitarist Karl Groom (who also mixed the Yes 'Live In Lyon' record which featured Oliver on keyboards).
The album will be available in two formats, a single CD featuring 13 new pieces and double pack special edition featuring a Bonus CD of live recordings taken from their 2012 tour and re-recordings of pieces from Oliver and Gordon's past catalogue.
The new album features performances by the following well respected musicians.
Paul Manzi - vocals
Paul has performed with the Oliver Wakeman Band for the last 6 years (appearing on the live DVD 'Coming to Town') and is the current vocalist for the rock band Arena.
Steve Amadeo - Bass Guitar
Steve, an in demand Jazz/Blues/Rock session bass player, is currently performing with Blues guitarist Aynsley Lister.
Johanne James - Drums
Johanne has been the Threshold drummer for the last 12 years.
The album also features a special vocal appearance by Benoit David, Oliver's old band mate from Yes, on the track 'From the Turn of a Card' written by Oliver during the Yes recording sessions of 2010.
Many of the pieces were debuted and refined during their acoustic duo tour in September and October 2012 where they performed sell out concerts across the UK. The tour will resume in March 2013 to coincide with the release of the new album.
One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. It is impossible not to be awestruck as he coaxes incredible melodies from his instruments; you almost suspect a second pair of hands. He is well known for his varied musical output and 'Heartsong' (a hit single from the album 'Perilous Journey' in 1977) is instantly recognized as the theme for the BBC TV's long running 'Holiday' programme.
Following ten solo albums in a variety of styles, Oliver Wakeman joined the legendary band 'YES' in 2008, touring with them up until mid-2011. A live CD and triple vinyl release, 'In The Present - Live from Lyon', was a fitting bookend to his period in the band. He also worked with the folk rock band 'The Strawbs' and appeared on their last studio album as well as their 40th Anniversary CD release. Appearing in venues across North and South America, Europe and the UK with YES, Strawbs and as a solo artist, he has become a well respected live performing musician to add to his other talents as composer, songwriter, lyricist and producer.
Gordon says "Working with Oliver is like a breath of fresh air. I knew of his reputation as a fine musician, and it made perfect sense for me to tap into his creative energy, not only to bring out certain elements of my musical gifts but to create something new and exciting, at the same time giving a nod in the direction of our respective Progressive Rock roots"
Oliver adds, "After working with YES, the chance of working with another legendary artist was an opportunity too good to miss. I am having a wonderfully productive time working with Gordon and feel we are creating something genuinely unique in our 'Ravens & Lullabies' project."
Many of Gordon's fans have been asking for years when he is going to return to his rock roots and others wondered what Oliver would write after the Yes experiences...
In March 2013 they'll know...
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 Fishermenâs 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: âGetting 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.â
Dennis Drumm, JHS's Managing Director, said: âAwards 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.â
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.
After Dinner Speaking
Gordon has successfully embarked on a new aspect of his career, and that is as an after dinner speaker!
Those of you who have witnessed one of Gordon's concerts will know what a great raconteur he is with a wealth of anecdotes and stories from a career that spans 45 years.
The after dinner speaking consists of music and stories. In essence this is a mini version of a Gordon Giltrap concert but with a tad more chat!
Please contact the Gordon Poole Agency 01275 463222 for more information.
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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