Dear friends old and new. I should like to say a big THANKYOU to all of you who attended my concerts this year, a year that has certainly been packed with many good things.

This year saw the release of two brand new CDs. 'As it Happens' and 'Secret Valentine'. The latter contained three brand new GG compositions, and was really a vehicle for the new Polymer guitar, and the former was a live unedited affair to help launch the new Panacy label for my friend Graham Hazelwood.

2007 also saw the publication of my Troubadour book, and of course that wonderful album The Long Road Home from Classical guitar Maestro Raymond Burley which featured seventeen of my compositions that Ray lovingly arranged for classical guitar. This stunning album was released on the Hypertension label, and has a book of the same name published alongside it on Lathkill publications, who also produced the Troubadour book along with the Double Vision Book.

So you see, much has happened in this fast flowing year.

My plans for 2008, are several 'special' events to celebrate my 60th year on this earth, one of them being a concert at Birmingham's newly refurbished Town Hall in September with my pals Ray Burley, John Etheridge and Mr Rick Wakeman. Both John and Ray are 60 next year, Mr Wakeman hits the big 60 the year after! One of the main events for 2008 will be the release of the Giltrap Wakeman album, an album of tunes inspired by works of art, from sculptures to paintings. The title has yet to be agreed on, so watch this space as they say!

In 2007 I picked up one or two stunning new guitars..SURPRISE SURPRISE, and to balance things out I sold a few also.

On a final note I should like to thank Sue Holton for making this website of mine something really special. Sue's devotion to detail is astonishing, and her ideas for the site just keep coming. So thanks Sue, and thanks to Dave Van Walwyk for continuing your sterling work with Airwaves. If I have missed anybody out I deeply apologise.

Hilary and I wish you all a great Christmas and an equally wonderful new year.



Gordon Giltrap [https://giltrap.co.uk]
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