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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!"
GORDON GILTRAP & PAUL WARD “The Last of England” now available on vinyl !
A vinyl limited edition release of this wonderful collection of tunes from the legendary guitar player, Gordon Giltrap. Gordon collaborated with Paul Ward, keyboard player and music producer to create this album partly inspired by the artwork from the pre-Raphaelite era. The title track also comes from the famous Ford Maddox Brown painting used on the cover. Gordon embarked on this project to celebrate his return to health after a major operation in 2016 and considers it as perhaps his best album yet. Keyboard player Paul’s wealth of experience includes working with David Jason and Martin Kemp amongst others.
The album is inspired by all the music Gordon has loved during his 40 year career. It is a truly heart-warming LP.
To celebrate its release, Psychotron Records hosted a Gordon Giltrap / Paul Ward concert at The Guildhall, Lichfield on Tuesday 18th July.
Previously released on CD (Angel Air) in January 2017, the album has received great reviews already. Losing a couple of tracks to translate onto vinyl was a difficult decision, but it is more than compensated for hearing the sound on vinyl pressing and owning a beautiful LP which shows off the painting that inspired some of the music in a semi laminated luxury gatefold sleeve.
Comes on gorgeous deep orange vinyl; first 100 copies with a signed poster, 150 copies with unsigned poster and 250 standard copies.
BUY LP HERE: http://psychotronrecords.co.uk/product/gordon-giltrap-paul-ward-last-england
The Last of England CD
As if he wasn't busy enough, Gordon released his latest album ‘The Last of England’ on the Angel Air record label in Jan 2017. “It is all good, solid material with the emphasis on melody.” says Gordon. “It’s a very romantic collection of tunes, because that’s what I’m all about. I’m a great devotee of people like Vaughan William's and Elgar - composers who were very much about melody…and that’s what I do. I’m a melodic writer for the guitar. When you hear this music it does have an orchestral feel to it, and lends itself to a much bigger picture.”
From 2017 I've been holding what I call "Sharing Days" at a venue close to where I live in Sutton Coldfield.
The plan is to accommodate between 10 and 12 players who want to spend the day sharing all aspects of my music, my technique, composition, my advice on guitars, open tunings, nail care (yes even nail care) equipment, in fact as much information as I'm able to impart on the day. This will be aimed at mainly acoustic players but all players, electric or acoustic are welcome.
At times there maybe other people to assist in any way they can. I really look forward to them as they are a fun INFORMAL gathering of players who like me love this instrument of ours.
The fee is £100 for the day.
On Saturday 30th June I am hosting one of my "SHARING DAYS" at the usual venue in Mere Green Sutton Coldfield.
I'm delighted to welcome old friends and new to what hopefully will be a fun and informative day sharing my thoughts with you.
I'm calling it my “HEARTSONG day" because that is my chosen piece for the event. All those pickers out there that know of this old chestnut of mine and would like to find out the inner workings of the piece, the big chordal sections, the open G tuning, the capo at fret 2 placement and all the "widdly diddly" bits in between then do come and join us.
It is going to be rather special because good friend and brilliant guitarist Nicholas Hooper will my guest. Nick is a fine player and was the man responsible for scoring the music for 2 HARRY POTTER films, so to have an award winning film composer and outstanding guitarist joining us is indeed a privilege.
So, if you want to meet and delve inside the mind of a film composer then this is an opportunity not to be missed. My hope is that everyone will go away armed with ideas they can work on.
On September 8th I'm doing another Sharing Day, this time at the charming Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham. This will be a return visit for me and one I'm looking forward to very much.
My chosen piece for the day Ania's Dream is taken from my Last of England album. The evening will see me perform an intimate concert in the upstairs gallery. The seating is limited so those who just want to attend the concert should book early. Those attending the workshop will have free admission to the evening concert.
My special guest for the afternoon was due to be outstanding guitarist/teacher/ composer Martin Pleass, however he is sadly unable to attend. In his place I'm now delighted to be inviting one of the finest 12 string guitarists around, Mr Paul Brett.
Many of you will know Paul's incredible range of guitars for JHS. I am a huge fan of the Paul Brett Viator guitar and his 12 string version of the same instrument,in fact I love all the instruments he has designed for the company and have used three models on stage and in the studio for many years now.
Come along and meet this legend of the instrument for yourself.
Please get in touch for more details about Sharing Days and Weekends or go on the mailing list for future events.
E-mail Sue Holton for more information.
New Fret-King Guitar
Gordon’s latest Signature guitar, the Fret-King ‘GG’ (FKV3HGG £999 UK rrp) has just started to hit the stores in the UK and the Vintage Roger Williams Nylon Electro Acoustic Model (VE9000RW £599 UK rrp) - based on an original design by the celebrated luthier and also endorsed by Gordon (“A stunning sounding guitar acoustically, and with a great Fishman INK+ preamp and pickup system too!”) will be available in mid-October 2016.
Vintage & Fret-King Guitars are distributed Worldwide by JHS & Co. Ltd.
The Gordon Giltrap Collection
Great news folks. The notation and tablature for many of my pieces are available to order as a download from my friend Steve Marsh's website.
My ambition is to get virtually everything of worth that I have ever composed in music and TAB form up and running on Steve's website, and believe me there are a lot of pieces on there. Thus far there are around 70 titles ready and waiting for all you keen pickers who want to have a go at some of these tunes of mine. All titles on this list come in a PDF format which includes both musical notation and Tablature. Each PDF costs £4.50.
There is also a new page in the Discography section which lists the tracks - these are just a taster of things to come, this is just the tip of the iceberg so check back regularly.
Get "up close and intimate" with Gordon
During his 40 year career, Gordon Giltrap 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, her details are HERE
Afterwards, people get to interact with someone they would probably never get to meet in such an intimate setting. Photos are taken, memories shared, CD's autographed, and often lifelong friends are made. Gordon loves it because he gets to meet people who, in many cases, have been listening to his music for years, coming to see him in large venues like theatres, always having to see him from "out in the audience," and only getting to interact with him on a personal level for a couple of minutes after the show. The private concert puts the power back into the hands of the individual fans. Now, you get to choose the venue and the artist comes to you. You can even get your friends and family to club together to pay for a booking - it could be the perfect solution of what to give the person who has everything! Private concerts are the future of intimate performances.
Bert Jansch Foundation
Gordon is delighted to be a patron of this special charity whose work it is to encourage students of the guitar and to keep alive the memory and work of this enigmatic genius. Bert Jansch Foundation
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.
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