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Gordon Giltrap

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.

About Gordon Giltrap

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.

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Image (above) © Paul Brett

Booking and venue details

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.

The Hinckley ACT

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.

Gordon Giltrap at Birmingham Town Hall

The Shining Morn Concert – Monday 10th October 2011

One of the Hinckley ACT’s favourite performers is of course the supremely talented Gordon Giltrap. This exciting event will celebrate four decades of extraordinary live music from one of the UK’s greatest guitar legends.

Gordon Giltrap at Birmingham Town HallIn honour of the recent ‘Shining Morn‘ CD there is to be a very special one off concert in Birmingham’s stunning Town Hall. Gordon will be joined for this exclusive event by a special guest, the master of the Uilleann Pipes, Troy Donockley of The Bad Shepherds.

Tickets are on sale now at £17.50 each plus £2 fee per transaction (except purchases made in person at the box office).

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One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. Over the past forty years, he 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 has released 25 original studio albums, plus numerous live albums and compilations. 

Classical Guitar Magazine…
‘Giltrap’s technical skill and wide ranging compositional output make him one of the British guitar scene’s foremost class acts and one of the most able acoustic guitarists of our time.’ 

Brian May…
“Gordon Giltrap is one of an elite few who truly have become legendary in their field in their own lifetime. I am proud to call him my friend.” 

Other more recent projects include 3 Parts Guitar with John Etheridge and Ray Burley, which performed a series of concerts in 2009. 2010 saw the inclusion of Clive Carroll in this supergroup and the album 4 Parts Guitar was released in early 2011.

Gordon’s music continues to evade categorisation, influenced as it is by the rock guitar of Hank Marvin and Pete Townshend, the folk guitar of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and the classical guitar of Julian Bream and John Williams.

Guitar and Bass magazine Jan 2007…
“Giltrap’s virtuoso status is unassailable” 

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