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Thursday 26th April 2018

Gordon Giltrap

with special guest

Carrie Martin

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.

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. During the early eighties circumstances, many beyond Gordon’s control, dictated that he would eventually retreat gracefully from the rock spotlight and return to his first love of solo acoustic guitar.

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. This is the first album of its kind that Gordon has ever been involved in with its song based content from the pen of Oliver Wakeman, and true collaborative material from both men. Gordon is justifiably proud of this album and his association with this young prince of the keyboards.

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.

Unreserved seating. Doors 7.00pm.

Tickets £15 (£17 on the door if available)

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