with Special guest support
Over the past forty years, Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and his affection for his audience. As one of the UK's most respected guitarists, he has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned.
Gordon joined his first band when barely in his teens, inspired by his idols - Cliff Richard, The Shadows and The Everly Brothers; he unwittingly taught himself a hybrid technique of plectrum and little finger, but in doing so, created the individual sound that is still his trademark. In November 1966, he secured a recording contract with Transatlantic Records.
Gordon served his apprenticeship as a singer/songwriter on the London folk club circuit, and his self-titled debut album was released in 1968. Each subsequent album broke new ground, and he developed an extraordinary repertoire while establishing a reputation for thrilling live performances. Even to this day Gordon features material from those first two Transatlantic albums in his live shows. Lucifer’s Cage and Ive’s Horizon continue to bring joy to old and new fans alike.
In the late Seventies, Gordon enjoyed a brief spell as a pop star, with a hit album Perilous Journey and two hit singles 'Heartsong' and 'Fear of the Dark'. 'Heartsong' was nominated for an Ivor Novello award, and is fondly remembered as the theme tune to the BBC's Holiday programme.
Three now classic progressive rock albums Visionary, Perilous Journey and Fear of the Dark followed and brought Gordon to the attention of the British public. Although it was the Troubador album, produced and arranged by the legendary Del Newman, that Gordon believes to be the high point of his writing and recording thus far.
Over the years, Gordon has worked with an amazingly broad range of artists, from rock musicians such as Brian May, Rick Wakeman and Midge Ure to the jazz virtuoso Martin Taylor, the classical guitarist Raymond Burley and the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1996, Gordon realised a dream of playing guitar alongside Cliff Richard, on stage in Cliff's West End musical Heathcliff. As well as performing in the role of The Troubadour, Gordon arranged the overture and wrote two pieces of music.
Gordon continues to embrace new projects, one of note being the 2009 'From Brush and Stone' album with his good friend Rick Wakeman. This led on to working with Oliver Wakeman, Rick’s gifted son to produce the 2013 critically acclaimed ” Ravens and Lullabies” album. This album pulled Gordon out of his comfort zone, and encouraged him to pick up his electric guitar once more, thus placing him firmly back in the Progressive Rock Arena where he found international fame in the mid to late seventies.
There is currently no sign of Gordon hanging up his guitars, and he still performs dozens of concerts a year around the country in venues ranging from the intimacy of village halls to the grandeur of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, earning the respect of fans and fellow musicians alike.
Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Blackmore's Night says:
"Anyone who asks me knows that I think Gordon Giltrap is one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world. His concerts and playing are breathtaking. He’s also very witty, and I love the fact that he has not cut his hair!"
Carrie Martin is a British acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter from Hull in Yorkshire. Having given up music to raise a family she returned to writing, playing and singing encouraged by Gordon Giltrap – she cites her meeting Gordon as the most important thing that has happened to her in her musical career.
Her guitar playing has attracted sufficient attention for her to be recruited as an endorsee by Vintage guitars. Influenced by the likes of Eva Cassidy and Ann Wilson from Heart, her writing and performing style nevertheless defies categorisation. Her new album, "What If", signed by Trapeze Music, features Carrie on guitar and vocals, with guest appearances from Gordon Giltrap, Oliver Wakeman and Ric Sanders.