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5 March 2014

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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.

Tour Dates:
3rd April St Johns Church, Farncombe
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



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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