Gordon Giltrap

Legendary Guitarist & Recording Artist

The guitar legend Gordon Giltrap

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.

Gordon Giltrap 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". 

Gordon Giltrap - Live in 1999 - Mirror Noir Records

Gordon Giltrap
Live in 1999 - Riddles Bar - Staffordshire 

The story behind the release is an interesting one in as much as its a recording that has been in my possession for many years.

Recorded straight to mini disk directly from the desk by my dear old friend Malc Welch on the night of this gig at Riddles Bar Stoke on Trent in front of a small but appreciative audience is a bit of a gem. The album is not a re release and is a truly warts and all performance with very little editing apart from the in-between chat that can be a bit tedious after several plays. I had been looking towards giving a complete GG album to my friends Paul White and Mark Soden from Mirror Noir for some time now. I had made the odd guest appearance on their ambient recordings in the past but since unearthing this live offering I thought this a worthy contribution to their rapidly expanding online catalogue.

Reading through the track listing is fascinating because many of the pieces I no longer perform for reasons of wanting to move on to newer material and because quite honestly some of the material is technically beyond me now! I'm sure many of you will remember old pieces like At Giltrap's Bar and Splinter alongside the Overture to Heathcliff and Shady Tales which I was performing at the time back in 99.
A special thanks must also go to Malc Welch for keeping the faith and being there and recording the whole thing. Thanks also to Chloe Doyle for her superb line drawing of me taken from a photograph from the period where I have a mass of dark hair and matching beard, playing that small bodied Rob Armstrong that I used for many years. Finally to Paul and Mark for editing and final mastering. 

Here is a bit of info for your interest on artist Chloe Doyle.
Chloe is a Derby born artist who has been drawing and painting since childhood.For a short time she attended art college but felt constrained by what was being offered and decided to leave college and pursue her own artistic journey.This line drawing is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of her creative talents.

Gordon Giltrap 2021


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