THE GUITAR PROJECT
EXTRAORDINARY PERSON – EXTRAORDINARY PROJECT
Hello and welcome to Neil’s Guitar Project web site. This is a collaboration dedicated to the memory of an honoured friend, Neil Kilgour, in aid of an exceptional charity, the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
Neil and I became friends some years ago after being introduced by our mutual friend, Chris Cady.
I very quickly became someone who Neil sought to encourage. He contributed his engineering genius to many tools and machines in my workshop. Amongst his many interests, Neil was also a keen guitar enthusiast and was increasingly developing his own skills at guitar repairing.
A few years ago I restored an old parlour guitar for mutual friend, Sam Richards.
Neil took a liking to the guitar, particularly its small proportions. As a gesture of my appreciation for all of his help and encouragement the idea was born for me to present to him a parlour sized guitar made from my best materials.
Sadly, the guitar was completed only after Neil’s passing, due to cancer on July 5th, 2015. He is very missed by all, and not a day passes without me using a tool, machine or material that he played some part in. In the weeks before his passing, Neil and I discussed the guitar and what was to become of it. That conversation resulted in this CD project.
Neil’s wish was for his musician friends to have access to the guitar for recordings and performances into the future.
The Australian Cancer Research Foundation was personally selected by Neil as the charity to which the CD proceeds would be donated. 100% of the proceeds from this recording goes to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
For purchases of the CD, please use the form on the contact page.
Any direct donations to the Foundation may be made at: https://acrf.everydayhero.com/au/neil-kilgour-s-guitar
– Jeff Mallia, Luthier