Baroque guitarist Gordon Ferries visits the music of seventeenth-century Spain’s fiery streets — a time when the five course guitar produced a sense of abject horror in the morally inclined, citing associations with popular ballads, taverns, criminality, sensuality and in particular dancing. Ferries weaves his way through the seductive labyrinth of Francisco Guerau‘s harmonic poem; sensual ballads, sublime passacalles and the virtuosic dance music of baroque Spain’s fiery underbelly. Ferries’ playing brings this beguiling world to life with elegance and passionate vitality.
Ferries exploits the instrument’s capacity for timbre and expression with inspired and impeccable technique.
Goldberg, February 2006
Ferries achieves an astonishing array of moods and emotions… at once crisp, stylish, and fun.
Early Music America, Spring 2006
Stylish and accessible baroque from an exponent whose star is in the ascendant.
Classical Guitar, March 2004
Programme 18 April 2008
Having initially studied classical guitar at Napier University, Gordon Ferries went on to study at the RSAMD where he specialised in lute and early guitar music. He has now established himself as one of the UK’s leading exponents of the baroque guitar. Gordon has worked for both television and radio: arranging and performing music for the Radio 4 production of The Dreamer of the Calle de San Salvador, featuring on Scotland’s Music with Concerto Caledonia and for BBC 2 television.
He has performed in venues and festivals across the UK and Europe both as a soloist and in ensemble, appearing with the Scottish Ensemble, the Scottish Early Music Consort, the Edinburgh Quartet, Symphonie de plaisirs, and Fires of Love, with which he has recorded two CDs, and his new baroque ensemble Lord Rochester’s Monkey with Frances Cooper, John Kitchen and Mark Summers had its first performance at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe.
Gordon also recently played on the acclaimed album Spoils and the accompanying EP The wyrd meme by Scottish songwriter and guitarist Alasdair Roberts. Gordon’s fourth solo recording Di chitarra Spagnola featuring guitar and theorbo music by Bartolotti was released on Delphian Records in 2010.
Gordon has been awarded two grants from the Scottish Arts Council towards study at the Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, researching the baroque guitar; the fruits of which appear on his much lauded solo recordings. Gordon is also much in demand as an educator and is involved in teaching young people in many musical styles.