Gordon Giltrap is not only a technically amazing guitarist, but his chatty, audience-friendly presentation will appeal to people of all tastes (not just the guitar fans!).
His musical background is amazing. He secured his first recording contract at 18 and shot to fame with the hit single ‘Heartsong’, used for many years as the theme for the BBC’s ‘Holiday’ programme. He also wrote the theme tune for ITV’s ‘Wish You Were Here’.
He’s recorded over 25 albums in a 40+ year career, working with famous names such as Sir Cliff Richard, Rick Wakeman, Midge Ure and Brian May. Only Eric Clapton pipped him to the post in Guitar magazine’s 10th anniversary readers’ poll.
His skill on the guitar is accompanied by a quiet chatty style, dry wit and plenty of anecdotes about life on tour, both as a jobbing performer and in his work with the big names.
His show features around six guitars and the music is uplifting, tuneful and goes from personal pieces about his childhood to his stunning solo piece ‘Dodo’s Dream’ where he samples his own performance live on stage, making it sound as though there’s an entire orchestra of guitars playing. During the second half of the show Gordon plays requests from a book he leaves out during the interval.