Friday 31st July 2015 – we welcomed back Hinckley ACT favourite Gordon Giltrap – one of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today. Gordon has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered.
With over 40 years in the business, Gordon will satisfy fans with his most well loved hits, as well as explaining the history of his many different guitars. Be prepared for beautiful compositions that cross all musical genres, wit, charm and unbelievable talent.
Well known for his collaborations with other artists and his work for both the BBC and commercial television. “Heartsong” is instantly recognized as the theme for the holiday programme. Gordon continues to delight his audiences and no two concerts are ever the same.
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.
Although three – now classic – progressive rock albums “Visionary”, “Perilous Journey” and “Fear of the Dark” brought him to the attention of the British public, Gordon doesn’t regard them as his finest hour and believes his work over the past 25 years has been his best. He regards the Troubadour album as probably the high point of his writing and recording thus far. This album was produced and arranged by the legendary Del Newman and is indeed a landmark in the Giltrap career with its superbly crafted compositions and achingly beautiful string arrangements.
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.
Image (above) © Paul Brett
The entrance fee for the evening was £15 for members and £16 for non-members.
The event started at 8.00 pm, with doors opening at 7.30 p.m.
Based in the Sketchley Meadows Business Park, Hinckley ACT is a high quality music venue that offers an informal and intimate atmosphere for concerts and for the monthly club nights, where musicians can come along and ‘take the stage.’ Established by company chairman, Keith London, on the premises of his firm Advanced Carbide Tooling (A.C.T.), the venue provides full stage and seating facilities, plus top quality sound and lighting equipment.
There is a licensed bar and ample free car parking.