Roger Filgate

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Roger Filgate
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Background information
Birth name Roger Filgate
Born December 18, 1965 (1965-12-18) (age 51)
Connecticut, United States
Genres Rock, hard rock, progressive rock, blues, pop, jazz, ragtime, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Years active 1980s–present
Associated acts Wishbone Ash, Chubby Checker
Website www.rogerfilgate.com
Notable instruments
Fender The Strat, Gibson ES-345

Roger Filgate is an American guitarist, most noted for his work with Wishbone Ash.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Prior to playing with Brit-rockers Wishbone Ash, Filgate played on various gig circuits across the United States before meeting Andy Powell in a music store in Connecticut. This 1992 meeting led to Filgate joining the band full-time in 1994 as guitarist/songwriter for their regarded 1996 studio album Illuminations and subsequent tours resulting in the albums Live in Geneva (1995), and compilation albums The Best of Wishbone Ash (1997), and Distillation (1997).

Filgate left Wishbone Ash in December 1997 and pursued a career in a Beatles tribute band Twist and Shout, along with ex-Wishbone Ash bassist Tony Kishman,[2] until leaving in 2000.

The new millennium ushered in Filgate's various original bands, with live performances and album releases from Cinema, Universal Language (2000), Blast Room, Rock is Dead (2005), and a special guest appearance on legendary singer Chubby Checker's single Knock Down The Walls (2007), featuring a notable guitar solo by Filgate.

In 2008, Filgate became established as a solo artist with his highly acclaimed instrumental album Worlds Within. Several songs have appeared as soundtrack music for major networks including A&E's 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' and 'World of Cars' from Disney/Pixar resulting in sales, radio and web play in more than twenty countries worldwide. Additional solo releases from Filgate include Letting Go (2010), The Epic Singles (2011), 2 (2012), and a collection of works titled Progressive Collective (2012).

Filgate's guitar work appeared once again on a Top 40 single from Chubby Checker called Changes in 2013. The Song was released on RED / Sony and Produced by the hill & hifi, aka. Mike Rogers and Gary Lefkowith. Another solo release Whistle-Stop (2013) soon followed. Filgate also composed and contributed a song called Strange How Things Come Back Around in 2014 for the album Blue Horizon by his former band Wishbone Ash. Most recently, for the summer of 2015 is the newly released epic instrumental track Pink Flamenco.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roger Filgate profile". Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash. 2008. Archived from the original on May 19, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Band biographies". Twist and Shout. 2006. Retrieved November 8, 2008. [dead link]