About Jeff Gillett
Jeff Gillett is principally a guitarist, but also sings and plays mandolin, mandola, Appalachian Mountain dulcimer and English concertina. He is known among the folk musicians as a singer and accompanist of mainly traditional songs.
He is probably best known for his work with Ron Taylor, whom he has accompanied on occasional bookings over a period of twenty years, during which time they recorded to cassettes, neither of which is now available, and one CD, 'Both Shine As One', which is available on WildGoose Records. However, he has also performed for concerts and ceilidhs with Fubar and subsequently Malarki, as well as being an experienced solo performer.
Jeff has also provided accompaniments for recordings by Martin and Shan Graebe and Sarah Morgan (of Craig Morgan Robson).
As a singer, Jeff's strength is his ability to get inside the song and perform it with feeling. As an accompanist, he is very aware of the singer's interpretation and sets out to support and enhance it, without imposing any rhythmic constraints (although he is perfectly capable of providing a solid rhythm when required to do so).
Jeff Gillett is uniquely qualified for the setting of William Blake's poetry. In addition to his musical ability, he brings to the project the understanding of an English teacher with a particular interest in literary criticism, an enthusiasm for poetry in performance, expressive reading skills and a sense of the dramatic (which comes from thirty years of teaching and directing drama in school).