This is a different sort of album than what we’re used to hearing from Great Britain’s Angel Air label. A few years ago this probably would have been categorized as new age or world music. But in 2017, folks would probably just describe this as instrumental. Guitarist Gordon Giltrap has been making music for decades. He came to the attention of most of his fans with his 1978 hit “Heartsong.” Ever since, he has continued playing for his ever-growing fan base. For this album, Giltrap teamed up with keyboard player/producer Paul Ward. Together, the two present some very subtle instrumentals that feature excellent gliding melodies and articulate arrangements. If there’s a single word we would use to describe this music that word would be…inspired. Fourteen immaculate tracks here including “The Last of England,” “April Love,” “Sadie In May,” and “A Promise Fulfilled.”
babysue (February 2017)
Now Gordon has teamed up with keyboardist and producer Paul Ward to release an innovative new album that crosses several styles, from prog to rock to pop to classical, in the unique style that Gordon has developed and honed over his career.
Bev Bevan, Sunday Mercury (January 2017)
Giltrap and Ward serve up an attractive blend of old and new composition for your listening pleasure, including a suite of evocative instrumental pieces inspired by the significant pre-Raphaelite paintings hanging in the Birmingham Art Gallery, most notably ‘All The Days Of May’ and the epic title track.
Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (January 2017)
Ward’s arrangements are never intrusive but always complementary giving an extra dimension to Giltrap’s solo guitar. It’s evident a lot of thought has gone into this aspect, and the informative liner notes highlight the mutually shared inspiration. Fairport’s Rick Sanders adds violin to the closing piece – and standout – ‘A Promise Fulfilled’.
A great way to usher in 2017 and Angel Air’s 20th anniversary. *****
Get Ready to ROCK! (January 2017)
The Last of England arrives here in early 2017 and signals a great start to the new year. Filled with memorable melodies and fantastic instrumentation, it’s a can’t miss instrumental album for anyone into folk based prog music with killer acoustic guitar work and symphonic keyboard arrangements. Well done guys!
Sea Of Tranquility (January 2017)