A natural front man who writes great songs and always gives 100%...
Miles Gilderdale is a guitarist/songwriter who has been a professional muso for 35 years.
You will have heard him, probably without realising however - TV reality shows about croc hunters, vets in the Rockies, adverts for sofas; he’s all over the place !!
Miles’s first love is rhythm and blues though and his first band “Zoot and the Roots” got their first break in the very early ‘80s when they supported the newly solo ‘Wilko Johnson’. After augmenting this trio with a small horn section and receiving a hand-written letter of encouragement from no other than Paul Weller and a great review in the Melody Maker magazine, the band were on their way.
By the mid ‘80s one of the UK’s finest sax-players Snake Davis had joined the band and Mark Radcliffe decided to give them a half-hour Radio One special. This led to another TV special on the TX45 show and numerous other TV features. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin was a regular to see the band when they played at JB’s in Dudley ( a legendary Birmingham venue) and he fixed it for Miles and his outfit to be Ben E King’s band at the London Palladium when he was at No1 in the UK charts with ‘Stand by Me’. Ron Wood joined in the fun on this gig as well. Two tours opening for soul legend Curtis Mayfield followed and an offer from James Brown himself to do a 6-week tour (while he was chart-topping with Living in America) was rather foolishly turned down by an agent who shall remain nameless!!!
After literally hundreds and hundreds of gigs playing the UK and European scene the band split and in the mid ‘90s Miles joined a very well-established outfit who played VERY different music. Fronting the band with co-writer Greg Carmichael “Acoustic Alchemy” although not massively well-known in the UK are extremely well established in the US and ….well…..pretty much everywhere worldwide!
Miles has spent the last 20 years touring the US, China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, Latvia... In this time the band have had three Grammy nominations and received the prestigious “Gibson guitars” Jazz guitarist of the year award.
In 2015 Miles managed to take enough time out to put a little rhythm & blues album together and rediscover his roots, so-to-speak. The album was called “10 Rockets for Ya pocket” and along with receiving some nice reviews it was album of the year on Tony Corner’s radio show.
Miles is aiming to release something new in 2017 with his new line-up as well as featuring at Scarborough International Blues festival in April 2017. The ‘Guardian’ newspaper once described Miles as ‘a natural frontman who writes great songs and always gives 100%'. He has played alongside some serious luminaries but as a modest and humble fellow he has never really blown his own trumpet ……. guitar-playing is more his thing!