Well here it is my first album featuring 29 original tunes.
It may seem like I have put in everything I ever wrote,
but I assure you there are many more where these came from.
To those that know me some of these may come as a surprise.
They are clearly not just Oldtimey, Contra Dance and Irish.
The most often heard comment is that would be great in a movie!
To all movie moguls, please call me up about using my music in your next blockbuster.
A quote from Rich Sobel.
I thought my wife was complaining when she came home from work and said
"I had Paul's tunes stuck in my head all day today at work." And then she said, " But it was ok because they're really good tunes.".
That was the day after I had been listening to one of the preproduction versions of the CD and I couldn't have said it any better myself.
These ARE really good tunes.
So the time is way overdue that Paul's music was unleashed upon the rest of an unsuspecting world.
I hope you all become as infected and addicted to these tunes as I have, with their range of emotions and styles from the frenetic Klezmer energy of "New Potatoes and Vasalisa's Breakdown" to the jazzy "Waiting for the Power",
to the simple and elegant sweetness of "To Have and To Hold", Paul's wedding waltz to his wife, Karen.
Paul Gitlitz is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, producer & engineer. He has performed music styles ranging from Celtic fiddle for country dances to electric guitar with a Trinidadian steel drum band with many in between.
He has produced over a two dozen albums, one of which received a Juno award and five others nominations.
As well as recording an album of original tunes "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD" Paul has published two books of original fiddle tunes, GIBLITZ FANCY and HUNTERS AND GATHERERS, both available from his site.
Paul Gitlitz began his musical career in his New York City elementary school with trumpet lessons and membership in the school orchestra.
In junior high he took up the electric bass and began performing with "Somethin' Fierce" playing school dances. Paul also began song writing in his teens. After a relocation to Vancouver BC his more formal education was received in music programs at CAPILANO COLLEGE and the UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.
Paul's recording career began at age 11 when his dad brought home reel to reel recorder. This was a endlessly facinating tool. Paul purchased his first "sound on sound" recorder in 1973 and quickly jumped into multitrack recording with the first cassette based home studio setups in the 80's.
At the same time he was making demos in a more professional studio and learning the ropes that prepared him to producer Charlotte Diamond's first Juno award winning album in '86. He setup his own studio in the 90's and has steadily been gaining both gear and experience as an engineer and producer.
The composing has never stopped nor has the interest in acquisition of instruments and styles. The new CD clearly reflects this.
Member of DRAGON STASH, English ballad band 1972-1973
Member of HOT CORN, jugband 1973-1974
Member of SLAPCHORD, fiddle tunes 1974-1975
Member of SODBUSTERS, country rock 1975
Member of BARGIN AT HALF THE PRICE, folk ensemble 1980-1981
Member of FROSTY MOUNTAIN STRING BAND 1981 - 1985
Member of UNDER THE MOSS, celtic music ensemble 1981- 1983
Accompanist and producer for CHARLOTTE DIAMOND 1985-2005.
Music director for Gateway Theater production of LULU REVAMPS STEVESTON 1986.
Actor and musician in John Gray's DON MESSER'S JUBILEE 1986.
Actor and musician in BARKERVILLE ROYAL THEATER 1986.
Member of THE SOUL SURVIVORS steel drum band 1994-97.
Member of WHIPLASH contra dance band featuring his own compositions. 1997-2005.
Member of The WESTERLIES folk song and tune trio with Brian Robertson and Ellen VanDer Hoeven 2005.
Member of CATS AND CHICKEN PARTS contra dance duet with Margie Katz 2005
Paul's many groups over the years has made him familiar with musical styles ranging from Old English Ballads, Irish Dance Music, Reggae, Soca, African, Gypsy, Arabic, Klezmer, Country, Swing, Rock, Bluegrass and American Appalachian.
In 1996 began his own multi-track recording studio, and has done much of the later listed recordings there as well as demo sessions for various other local performers and groups.
Currently performs on Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar (acoustic and electric) and Tenor Banjo.
GIBLITZ FANCY by Paul Gitlitz, a collection of original music.
HUNTERS AND GATHERERS by Paul Gitlitz my second collection of tunes.
Tunes have been included in:
THE PORTLAND COLLECTION Vol 2 edited by Clyde Curley and Susan Songer
141 BRAND NEW OLD TIME FIDDLE TUNES VOL 2 edited by Vivian Williams
169 BRAND NEW OLD TIME FIDDLE TUNES VOL 3 edited by Vivian Williams
CANADIAN FIDDLE MUSIC VOL I Compiled by Ed Whitcomb
CANADIAN FIDDLE MUSIC VOL II Compiled by Ed Whitcomb
SONGS OF THE TIGER Collected and edited by Marlene and Robert McCracken
SMALL WORLD by Gordon Stobbe
DISCOGRAPHY (Melodies composed by Paul Gitlitz)
Flying Home to Shelley - Recorded by:
David DiGiuseppe's on WELCOME TO HEAVEN
The Elftones on THE MOON AND THE SUN
String Beings on BEING REEL
Rodney Miller on FLYING ON HOME
Lift Ticket on NEW BALANCE
Heathen Creek on 24 HRS
Skeeziks on PORTRAIT OF ELDVIG
Laura Cortese on her soon to be released album.
Patty's Journey Home - Recorded by Rodney Miller on AIRDANCE
Mistress Moon - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on DIAMONDS AND DAYDREAMS
Hello Winter - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on DIAMONDS AND DRAGONS
Bonjour l'hiver - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on BONJOUR L'HIVER
Diamonds and Dragons - Recorded by Charlotte DIAMONDS AND DRAGONS
Slimey the Slug - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on DIAMONDS AND DRAGONS
Procrastination - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on MY BEAR GRUFF
Splishin and Splashin' - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on CHARLOTTE DIAMOND'S WORLD
New Potato Polka - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on CHARLOTTE DIAMOND'S WORLD
Snuggle with your Puppy - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on CHARLOTTE DIAMOND'S WORLD
Giddyup Pony - Recorded by Charlotte Diamond on CHARLOTTE DIAMOND'S WORLD
Scare Away the Night - Recorded for McCracken Educational Services on MELODIES OF THE FARM
The Little Yellow Duck - Recorded for McCracken on MELODIES OF THE FARM
Alphabet Rap - Recorded by McCracken on MELODIES OF THE FARM
Bill Grogan's Goat - Recorded for McCracken on MELODIES OF THE FARM and SONGS OF THE TIGER
The Little Red hen - Recorded for McCracken on MELODIES OF THE FARM and THE GINGERBREAD MAN
The Big Red Apple - Recorded for McCracken on MELODIES OF THE FARM
One, Two Rap - Recorded for McCracken on MELODIES OF THE FARM
How Do You Say Hello To A Ghost - Recorded for McCracken on SONGS OF THE TIGER and THE TIGER SINGS
Harold Horatio Hercules Hobb - Recorded for McCracken on SONGS OF THE TIGER and THE TIGER SINGS
The Gingerbread Man - Recorded for McCracken on THE GINGERBREAD MAN
Giggles - Recorded for McCracken on THE GINGERBREAD MAN
The Knight of Naught - Recorded for McCracken on THE GINGERBREAD MAN
Teddy Bear - Recorded for McCracken on THE GINGERBREAD MAN
The Last Minute Polka - Recorded by Gordon Stobbe on SMALL WORLD
Check out the artist's website:
1. Birthday Rag, The Grind, Fritz's Frolic
2. Drizzle, Waiting for the Power
3. Eggs on the Couch, Juanita's Jig, Two and a Bump
4. Blueberry Cake, Halloween, Karen's Coming, The Wind Blew High
5. To Have and to Hold
6. Giblitz Fancy, Paul's Dream, Under the Catalpa
7. The Chief, Eagles on the Rock, Flying Home to Shelley
8. The Lovely Karen Fraser's Valentine's Day Waltz, Mary's Mazurka
9. The Dilemma of Dots, Marshall's Farewell to Tobacco
10. New Potato Polka, Vasilisa's Breakdown
11. The Tilted Windmill Waltz
12. The Last One, Cacomistle Polka, Yambu