On a beautiful summer evening Finstock was seduced by the magical music from Gordon Giltrap, Nick Hooper and Judith Henderson.
Gordon and Nick returned for a second evening of duos, solos and banter. They played some old favourites and a number of ‘world premiers’ and entranced the Pop-up Folk crowd at Finstock Village Hall on Saturday night.
As one of the UK’s most respected guitarists, the legendary Gordon Giltrap has graced the music business with his dedication to his craft and affection for his audience for over 40 years. His musical styles cross several genres, including folk, blues, folk-rock, pop, classical and rock. He was signed to Transatlantic Records at the age of 18, and has released numerous acclaimed albums, including the 1976 album Visionary, based on the art and poetry of William Blake. His follow-up album Perilous Journey was named by the Sunday Times as one of the best albums of 1977. Gordon has performed alongside Bert Jansch (one of his major influences), John Renbourn, Brian May, Rick Wakeman and Mike Oldfield, amongst many others.
Nick Hooper (long time Stonesfield resident) started his musical career as a guitarist. In the 1980s Nick released a folk album Turning Tables with Chris Leslie, and a solo album of music by JS Bach which was critically acclaimed, comparing his playing to that of John Williams and Andres Segovia. Decades later, after a successful film music career, scoring two Harry Potter films and winning many awards, Nick has returned to his first love – the guitar. A couple of years ago he recorded an album of mainly Irish music Six Strings, which was re-released by Angel Air Records this June.
Nick and Judith can be found at the White Horse in Stonesfield on the first Wednesday of most months. See http://stonesfield.online/category/events/ or NextDoor for details.