This event has now been rescheduled from 15th July, to the 5th August.
We welcome Gordon Giltrap to WKAC.
During his 40 year career, Gordon has played in pretty much every kind of venue in the UK and he particularly loves the challenge that the smaller venues, such as West Kirby Arts Centre, present where the audience are ‘up close and intimate’.
As one of the UK’s most respected guitarists, Gordon has consistently proved the adage that respect cannot be bought. It must be earned. Gordon was born on 6 April 1948 and joined his first band when barely in his teens where he relished the opportunity to play songs by his idols - Cliff Richard, The Shadows and The Everly Brothers.
Gordon unwittingly taught himself a hybrid technique of plectrum and little finger, but in doing so, created the individual sound that is still his trademark.
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.
2017 saw the release of THE LAST OF ENGLAND on Angel Air records. Although all the material was penned by Gordon, this release was truly a collaboration between Paul Ward and himself’
In 2018 Gordon created the album HEARTSONGS as a fundraising tool for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as a way of saying THANKYOU for all the care he received through two lots of major surgery.
One of the great musical milestones in Gordon’s life and career was to be invited in 2019 by one of the great icons of rock music Pete Townshend to play on a track for the new and eagerly awaited album by the legendary Who. The track SHE ROCKED MY WORLD featured acoustic guitars from Pete with Gordon adding his own signature riffs to Pete’s unique playing. Pete described Gordon’s contribution as “classic GG.” It has been well documented that Pete was one of Gordon’s early guitar influences. To be invited to work with the great man was for him an honour and a privilege.
Gordon was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours, “for services to music and to charity”
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.
Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Blackmore’s Night says:
“Anyone who asks me knows that I think Gordon Giltrap is one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world. His concerts and playing are breathtaking. He’s also very witty, and I love the fact that he has not cut his hair!”
Don’t miss this one!!
Licensed bar available.