6 April 1948, East Peckham, Tonbridge, Kent, England. A renowned and innovative guitarist, Giltrap came through the early days of the UK folk revival, and established himself in rock music circles. His first guitar was a present, at the age of 12, from his mother. Leaving school aged 15, he wanted to pursue a career in art, but had insufficient qualifications, so spent time working on building sites. As his interest and ability developed, he started playing regularly at Les Cousins, in Londons Greek Street. There he met a number of singers and musicians who later became household names in the folk and blues world. Names such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn and Al Stewart were just a few such notables. Although still only semi-professional, Giltrap signed a recording contract with Transatlantic Records and releasedGordon Giltrap and Portrait. He also appeared on the 1970 debut album by folk rock/progressive outfit Accolade. Playing the college, folk...
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