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!"
TURNING EARTH OUT NOW
Turning Earth, written during lockdown, is a new creation from Paul Ward and myself. This track is being released as a Christmas single and is a taster for things to come with the April 2022 release of the new multimedia release of SCATTERED CHAPTERS from Mr Ward and myself. More than that I can’t say until the time comes.
Turning Earth is now available on three main platforms; Amazon Music, iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify – others will follow in the coming days due to Thanksgiving delays. You can listen / buy using the links below:
Pete Townshend, one of my major influences described the track as “A Triumphant Return”
A huge thankyou to Mark and Jane Day of Fluid Fox for the beautiful cover design for Turning Earth.
Turning Earth guitars used:
Gibson J 200. Fylde baby guitar. Danelectro electric. 1963 Guild Troubadour.
Way back in 2000 I released a six track CD entitled Janschology. This was my way of paying homage to the profound influence that Bert Jansch had on my playing. I would even goes as far as to say that his first album was life changing for this 17 year old fledgling guitarist!
I can count on the fingers and thumb of one hand the guitarists that influenced me. Starting out with Hank Marvin, then The Beatle’s George Harrison, followed by Pete Townshend, Bert Jansch, and finally John Renbourn. All markedly individual players.
Bert really was the main one for me at that time.
I recently received a request from the Bert Jansch Foundation, of which I am a patron to see whether I had any thoughts as to how I could mark the tragic passing of Bert and his beloved wife Loren 10 years ago. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic passing of Bert and Loren. To this end I decided to re-release my 2000 CD “Janschology,” this time on line as a download and including the recording I did for a video to let the world hear how beautiful my new ‘Baby Fylde' sounded on this brand new recording of “Loren.” This is a personal tribute to a beautiful and remarkable lady who devoted the last years of her life to Bert and his career. She made sure that his legacy remained iron clad. In a similar way my own lovely wife Hilary has steadfastly supported all my endeavours over the past 35 years. Both remarkable and strong women.
It was my privilege to perform 'Loren' at a tribute concert to Bert at the Festival Hall a few years ago. I was determined to remind people of the great woman behind the great man.
The photo on the cover of the re-released Janschology was taken by Hilary at their wedding. Since lockdown Hilary has spent months sorting out photos. I was personally at a loss as to finding the right image for the cover, and literally minutes after discussing a cover idea with Mark Soden of MirrorNoir I walked into the office and there on the desk was a pile of photographs taken by Hilary on Bert and Loren’s wedding day. They had just surfaced from the hundreds of pics we have. The chosen image was not only beautiful but perfect for the cover and is of course copyright free!! Well done beloved Hilary. xxx
The CD should be available on /about the 29th of November 2021 from MirrorNoir records.
Paul is a fine guitar coach and has been very supportive of me over the past few years and has offered to be the conduit for my future online guitar teaching. Previously I mentioned offering my services as a session player on folks recording projects. I'm now offering online guitar lessons. Anyone interested should contact Paul at the email and phone number listed below and he will give you all the terms and information you require. He will then liaise with me and schedule sessions and see if 'Zoom, Skype or Facetime' is the best option for us to use.
All you need to do is get in touch and let him know what your specific needs are and arrange a mutually agreed time and we can make this happen. Obviously pieces to be learnt will be taken from the current list of files available for my compositions. The other alternative is for me to give advice on techniques or players' own creativity and I shall help in any way I can to hopefully unlock and ignite that creative spark within them.
Should you wish to purchase Guitar sessions with me as a gift for someone else, Paul will provide the details.
Below is a nice testimonial from Ian one of my students on the ZOOM lessons I have just embarked on.
I hope that many more of you will feel confident enough to take the plunge and join me on line for a lesson or two. Half hour, three quarters of an hour and one hour are the options. Most find that half hour chunks work well and give folk enough time to take in all the salient points of the lesson and then go away and practise. Filming certain sections on their phones is also a great aid de memoir!!! Tab is of course sent well in advance before the allotted lesson day.
I feel that teaching is an equal part to my performing and composing life. I feel sure that the time spent will encourage students to create their own pieces, hopefully inspired by the lessons.
All enquiries about online guitar sessions should be made to Paul Roberts at email@example.com or call him direct on 07860 648068
I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you face to face online.
A Brand New Release. Live at Rosslyn Chapel
Since the Da Vinci Code was released to the film going public a few years back, Rosslyn Chapel has taken on a deep mystical and spiritual air about it, and quite rightly so.
I have vivid memories of our visit there those few years ago. The whole thing was a bit strange and unsettling at times but the organisers of the concert had gone that extra mile to make me feel valued as an artist and even hired a piper to pipe me to the stage on the evening.
On our arrival we were handed a postcard from our friend and fine musician Ray Mytton who had visited there a few days prior to us wishing us a great concert, so that was a lovely start to the evening.
The whole building is steeped in a magical beauty and maybe the events of the evening had a bearing on my performance but I don’t think it’s apparent on the recording so thank the Lord for that.
Maybe one day Hilary and I will return but in the meantime we have this recording to remind us of our visit to one of this islands historical treasures.
Eye of the Wind
The Eye of the Wind Rhapsody can now be downloaded on all the digital platforms. I have already had a very favourable response from folk who have heard it, all we need now is for Classic FM to pick up on it. Dream on Giltrap I hear you cry!
The good news is that all the parts including the master-score have been lovingly restored in digital format by my good friend Adam Parrish and is available FREE OF CHARGE to any orchestras out there who wish to perform it. Just contact our beloved webmaster Sue Holton via the contact page, and she will make that happen for you.
My sincere thanks go to Adam for this labour of love that the dear chap spent literally months on and off in between his busy musical life to make sure everything is in perfect working order, (if one can apply that to the written word) for orchestra leaders and managers to acquire painlessly in readiness for performance.
Heartsong for Brass Band.
A few years back I had contact with the legendary Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band. One of their members Mr Leigh Baker expressed an interest in arranging Heartsong for Brass band. This is now available to download FREE OF CHARGE for any interested parties to perform.
I am making no charge for the access to the scores for both pieces. It is just my wish that this music be out there for people to perform and enjoy.
If you represent an orchestra or band that would be potentially interested in performing either of these pieces just drop a quick email introducing yourself to Sue Holton at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will arrange for you to download the scores.
'HEARTSONGS' Charity Cd
It has been my privilege to record and release many albums over the past half-decade. All have been important to me, but none so quite as much as this release. Not just for musical reasons but for powerful and heartfelt life affirming reasons. This is a way of saying thank you to the surgeons and nursing team at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where I recently underwent two lots of major surgery.
HEARTSONGS was created and developed over several months as a fund raising album for the Birmingham Hospitals charity.
Although the album is essentially a re-release of ‘Shining Morn’ it has extra tracks that weren't on there before.
More details on the background to this release can be found HERE along with the track listing.
Sadly during the course of creating the album my beloved son Jamie passed away, and the album acts as a fitting tribute to his memory.
As I say in the sleeve notes that this album is my way of saying 'THANKYOU' and in my own small way trying to give something back. That’s why for me this whole project is quite emotionally and spiritually charged and it truly means so much to me.
Please do feel moved to buy a copy. For £10 including UK postage and packing this truly does represent I think good value for money. PLEASE PURCHASE HERE
Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust
It has been my pleasure and privilege to be a patron of the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust for over twenty years now, and during 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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