Guitarist Gordon Giltrap set to perform at Ropery Hall

For more than 50 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 and he is playing at Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall on Friday, October 6.

“We’re delighted this innovative guitarist is back out on the road and performing many of his incredible songs with incredible arrangements in what promises to be an electrifying solo acoustic show here,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

“Expect to hear classics such as Heartsong and Lucifer’s Cage alongside new material from his latest album The Last of England,” she went on.  “This promises to be a show guaranteed to enthral guitar aficionados, acoustic enthusiasts and music lovers in general, don’t miss the chance to see one of the UK’s most important and influential guitarists in action.”

Gordon joined his first band when he was barely in his teens and after serving his apprenticeship as a singer/songwriter on the London folk club circuit his first album was released in 1968.

Each subsequent album broke new ground, and he developed an extraordinary repertoire while establishing a reputation for thrilling live performances. Even to this day Gordon features material from those first two Transatlantic albums in his live shows with Lucifer’s Cage and Ives Horizon continuing to bring joy to old and new fans alike.

In the late ‘70s, 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 with Heartsong, nominated for an Ivor Novello award, fondly remembered as the theme tune to the BBC’s Holiday programme.

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’s music continues to evade categorisation and is nigh on impossible to put into any kind of a niche 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,” Liz continued.  “He has released 25 original studio albums with his superb new album Last Of England released at the beginning of the year.

Supporting him at Ropery Hall will be Hull’s Carrie Martin, the acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter who cites her meeting Gordon as the most important thing that has happened to her in her musical career.

Gordon’s gig starts at 8pm and tickets cost £15 in advance or £17 on the door.  Tickets can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

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