Thursday, February 28, 2013


Chelmsford, Essex

Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman - 'Ravens and Lullabies'

Fairfield Road Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JG

phone: 01245 606 505

Price: £15.00

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The Ravens and Lullabies Tour

Guitar Legend and the next generation of keyboard wizardry join forces!

In early 2012, Gordon contacted Oliver with a request for his keyboards services for an album idea he had. Within 24 hours the initial idea had changed beyond recognition and a full blown collaborative project was in the works. Oliver and Gordon have embarked upon this new chapter in their careers and their debut album 'Ravens & Lullabies' will be out in March 2013.

Featuring a variety of guitars and keyboards, which are their tools in trade, these shows will feature a selection of pieces from the new album as well as new arrangements of classic material from both of their retrospective careers.

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, arranger and producer.

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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 'Raven's & Lullabies' project."

So, with their collective histories and talents to draw inspiration from, be prepared for an evening of beautiful compositions, wit and charm from these two virtuosos.

The Cramphorn Theatre (adjoining the Civic) is an intimate studio theatre seating up to 177 and presents a programme of smaller scale professional touring theatre, music productions, dance and lunchtime concerts, as well as being renowned for its innovative mixture of art house, world and mainstream film screenings.

The Civic and Cramphorn Theatres are located on Fairfield Road. There are three designated disabled parking bays and level access from all areas of the nearest car park (Fairfield Road car park, accessed via Coval Lane). During the week, until approximately 5pm, there is limited parking availability in Fairfield Road car park.  Please note: outside the Theatres in Fairfield Road there are double yellow lines. Alternative pay car parks, Townfield and West End, can be found near Chelmsford Station.  

By Car:
The theatres can only be accessed via Parkway (ring road).  Look for the turning into Rainsford Road, by the Methodist Church and County Hotel. Look for the brown signs around Chelmsford directing you to the theatres.

Please check availability of tickets and confirm date / start times with the organiser before setting out, as sometimes changes are unavoidable - thank you.

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