Virtuoso guitarist Gordon Giltrap is to tour with Oliver Wakeman and a full rock band for the first time since the early 80s.
The much-loved musician had a massive hit with the track 'Heartsong' in 1978, which for many years was the theme music to BBC's 'Holiday' programme
Cult Hard Rock outfit, Stampede have been newly added to the bill.He was a regular fixture on TV in the late 1970s with three appearances on Top of the Pops and five on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Gordon recorded a trio of Prog Rock albums in the 1970s: 'Perilous Journey' (which features 'Heartsong'), 'Visionary' and 'Fear of the Dark' and he toured extensively with a full rock backing band until 1981.
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All three of these albums were re-released in expanded form to great acclaim in 2013 by Esoteric records. Gordon has continued to record and tour as an acoustic musician throughout the intervening years, both solo and in collaboration with other guitarists, but this short tour marks his first appearances with a rock band since those heady times.
After a triumphant one-off appearance at the Summers End Festival at the end of 2013, the same band will now tour in support of the album 'Ravens and Lullabies' which the guitar maestro recorded with keyboard wizard Oliver Wakeman - son of "national treasure" Rick Wakeman - in 2013. This tour will feature songs from that album plus tracks from the duo’s solo careers, including, of course, the legendary 'Holiday' Theme.
Following a successful solo career, Oliver Wakeman went on to become a member of The Strawbs and then replaced his father Rick in Yes until 2011, where he played in large venues all over the world. Oliver and Gordon have also been playing to sold out venues all over the country as a duo, but in all likelihood this tour marks the only opportunity to see Gordon in full band mode once again.
The rest of the 'Raven's and Lullabies' band is something of a who's who of Progressive Rock. It includes Paul Manzi, currently singer in Arena, Johanne James and Steve Anderson, currently to be found as the rhythm section of Prog Metal band Threshold, and brilliant guitarist Nick Kendall, fresh from 'Rock of Ages' in the West End.
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4th April The Cellar, Southampton
5th April The Montgomery Hall, Wath
6th April The Robin, Bilston
24th April The Bedford, Balham
25th April Tithe Barn, Bishops Cleeve
26th April Mr Kyps, Poole
27th April The Vic, Swindon
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