Gordon Giltrap has officially been made a Member of the British Empire for his services to Music and Charity. Attending Buckingham Palace for the formal Investiture Ceremony, he was joined by members of his family and close friend Carrie Martin.
‘The ceremony was performed by Prince Charles,’ said Gordon. ‘He told me he’d heard that I was a great guitarist, to which I replied, “I do my best sir.” I then mentioned to Prince Charles that I had played guitar for his father, as I am a member of The Grand Order of Water Rats, to which he asked “Then why aren’t you wearing your badge?!” When I told him that I had been involved in the music business for 50 years Charles told me that he hoped the awarding of this MBE would inspire me to continue playing. It’s been a fantastic day.’
Fans of Gordon can watch him performing live, alongside Carrie Martin, Raymond Burley, Paul Brett and Rory Evans, at the Vintage Guitars ‘Something for the Weekend…’ Acoustic Concert at St. Mary’s – A Creative Space, Chester on Saturday May 25th.
To further add to his incredible start to 2019, Gordon, a longtime friend of Pete Townshend, was recently confirmed as a guest musician on the brand new album by The Who, due for release later this year.
Gordon has a Fret-King Artist Series Elise electric guitar, made to his personal specifications, as well as a range of Vintage Gordon Giltrap Signature electro-acoustic and acoustic guitars. The latest addition to his Vintage collection is the ‘JG’ Mahogany (pictured).