John Gilliat Spanish Guitar

Based in Langley BC

Award Winning Instrumental Guitarist Available to play a beautiful blend of rumba flamenco, pop, and latin jazz. From Spanish to Contemporary. The perfect fit for your next corporate reception, wedding or private party!
"Thanks John, for an absolutely wonderful performance! People are still raving about it, and that makes us look good!" Phyllis Stenson - Harrison Festival Society

What to Expect...

John is an experienced professional who is easy to work with. He shows up early with all the necessary equipment and creates the perfect musical experience for each individual event paying special attention to the client and audience. John uses QSC sound for the very best in live audio and will tailor the performance for a beautiful ambient backdrop to a networking event or kick it up for an exciting festival engagement.

If pre-arranged John can provide the following extras...
- microphones for speeches
- additional sound systems for multiple performance locations
- perform as a strolling instrumentalist
- play as a duo, trio or quartet
- lighting for the performance
- special song selections


John has dedicated himself to a fiery, world beat fusion of Rumba Flamenco and Latin Jazz. This Westcoast Music Award Nominee has toured throughout North America and Japan. Performance highlights include representing Canada at Japan's 2005 Expo, performing at Canada's 2010 Winter Olympics and performing for Canada's former Prime Minister Jean Chretien. John's recordings have been used for radio, documentaries, TV and film in North America, Japan, Ireland and the UK.

In 1995, John won "Best Acoustic Guitar Performance" in the Music West Star Frets Competition. He won Vancouver's Unplugged Competition in 1996, in 1997 he became a finalist in Vancouver's Global Star Quest and in 2009 competed at the Montreal Jazz Festival winning the Grand Prize at the BOSS Loop Station 2009 Championship National Finals.

As an electric and acoustic 'guitarist for hire', John performed with the Vancouver Playhouse, Hinder, Ben Woods, Tomas Michaud, Itamar Erez, Radio Europe, Alyssa Nielsen, Gypsalero and opened for such notable artists as Cirque du Soleil, Mae Moore, and acoustic guitar masters Strunz and Farah.

Influences & Inspiration...

Rumba Flamenco, Latin, Jazz & Classic Rock all contribute to John's Fiery Live Guitar Performances!

Enjoy classic rumba flamenco by the Gipsy Kings, Ottmar Liebert, Jesse Cook, Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo
as well as pop selections from artists/bands such as Sting, The Police, The Eagles, and Carlos Santana!

Also, you will enjoy fiery Latin / jazz classics such as Caravan, Django Reinhardt's Minor Swing, or how about a fiery rumba flamenco version of the Italian classic Sway! and so much more...

Here is just an example of some of the many selections John has performed at live events...

Pop Tunes:
Hotel California – Eagles
Wish You were Here – Pink Floyed
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Fields of Gold – Sting
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
Roxanne - The Police
Samba Pa Ti - Carlos Santana
Oye Como Va - Carlos Santana
Moon Flower - Carlos Santana
No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley

Rumba Flamenco:
Alegria - Gipsy Kings
Djobi Djoba - Gipsy Kings
Faena - Gipsy Kings
Ritmo De La Notche - Gipsy Kings
Michael - Gipsy Kings
Barcelona Nights - Ottmar Liebert
When I’m with You - Ottmar Liebert
Heart Still Beating - Ottmar Liebert
Santa Fe - Ottmar Liebert
Snake Charmer - Ottmar Liebert
Tempest - Jesse Cook
Tres Notas Para Decir - Vicente Amigo
Mediterrainean Sundance - Al DiMeola & Paco De Lucia

Latin & Jazz Classics:
Black Orpheus
Besame Mucho
Ceresa Rosa
St. Thomas
Sabor A Mi
Song for my Father

Jazz & Swing:
Minor Swing - Django Reinhardt
Limehouse Blues - Django Reinhardt
Sweet Georgia Brown
For Sephora - The Rosenberg Trio

Canon in D (Pachelbel’s Canon)
Bridal Chorus
The Wedding March
Can’t Help Falling in Love

Christmas examples:
Walking in a winter wonderland
Angels we have heard on high
Deck the halls
Feliz Navidad
Jingle bells
Little drummer boy
First noel
White Christmas
Blue Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock
Have yourself a merry little Christmas - & many others...

Also original compositions from John's albums, Freedom, Peace, Beyond Boundaries
Christmas and Winter Strings

RUMBA FLAMENCO GUITAR - John Gilliat performs Fragile
Guitar Performance with John Gilliat and Rossi Tzonkov 2017