New Studio Album Out Now

Long awaited studio album from progressive rock outfit Gil Galad, formed in County Durham in 1979.
Inspired by John Walker, entrepreneur and chemist credited with the invention of the friction match, the album weaves a wonderful story of truth, myth and legend.
This limited edition CD launch version comes in beautifully presented packaging featuring original artwork with lyric booklet.

Gil Galad 80’s prog rock band​ are back! You can order the CD directly from this site using your credit or debit card via Paypal secure processing. You do not need a PayPal account.
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We have been overwhelmed with requests for a downloadable version of the album so if you prefer that format you can buy a download on our Bandcamp site here

1979. Ford Cortina, Vauxhall Viva and an Austin Maxi. Flared jeans, long hair, velvet jackets…

Filled with the exuberance of youth, a bunch of students in the City of Durham were drawn together through their love of songs that were longer than the average lifespan of a small horse and carried more time-shifts than a series of Dr Who. Fortified by beer, Salutation burgers and Colpitts toasties, they forged a sound in a bid to take over the world…

But the world is a big place…and as they drifted off in different directions to explore the fruits of the planet, the sound lay dormant… until one day… 40 years later…
The wonders of modern science unearthed the invisible, ethereal chord that bound them in brotherhood forever. And by means of digital fascination the sound was awakened once more.

A spark of an idea ignited the flame of creativity. Older, and with less hair and sensible slacks, plans were drawn. The story of John Walker, inventor of the friction match, acted as a catalyst for exploring time shifts, parallel universes, steam punk avatars and the possibilities of endless worlds in the hope that we can make sense of our own.

Others have joined in our quest, our enthusiasm, our love and found themselves unable to leave as they too become one with the sound. This is neither the beginning… nor the end… merely a continuation…

Gil Galad



Records of the Unworldly and the Strange

“An Ingenious Man”

The new Album takes as its starting theme, the historic truth of John Walker’s time in Stockton-on-Tees and his invention of the friction match. He is portrayed in our story as a complex and conflicted man, a man of ideas and insight beyond his time – an ingenious man!

And so, the idea developed… Many historical and literary figures emerged during Walker’s lifetime, characters seeming to possess a clarity of vision beyond the realms of many, moulding the future from steel, and iron and coal. Futures never before imagined brought to life by uncanny abilities…

Is this where the story starts?

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