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SKIP GORMAN at EFC / Edinburgh Folk Club
The Pleasance Cabaret Bar
Edinburgh United Kingdom
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SKIP GORMAN at EFC / Edinburgh Folk Club
Skip Gorman was introduced to traditional music at eight years old, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. He was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age 14 years was pivotal in young Skips life and, aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe. In 1995,  A Greener Prairie (Rounder), was released to universal acclaim and was named one of the top ten folk recordings of the year by the Boston Globe, one of the most masterful and flat-out gorgeous cowboy albums to lope down the trail in years. Gormans 1996 release, Lonesome Prairie Love, was a finalist for the prestigious NAIRD Traditional Folk Recording of the Year award. In 1999, Gorman released his eagerly awaited third Rounder album, A Cowboys Wild Song to His Herd, which had the honour of being selected by Amazon.com as one of the Top Ten Folk CDs of 1999.

While he pursued a degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Brown University, Gorman played in various old-time music and bluegrass bands, including a stint with bluegrass legend, Frank Wakefield. After graduating, Gorman traveled to Ireland, where he explored the Celtic roots of American music and to this day, Skip remains an accomplished Celtic-as well as Western-style fiddler. In 1973, he headed to graduate school in Utah, where he began collecting rare recordings by early cowboy singers like Carl T. Sprague, Jules Verne Allen and Powder River Jack Lee. While in Utah, he performed the music of Western pioneers with the Deseret String Band and in 1977 went on to record his first album of old-time cowboy songs and fiddle tunes, Powder River. This seminal recording on Folk Legacy Records along with his Trail to Mexico (1983) was among the very first attempts by a folk revivalist musician to reintroduce the older traditions of the music of the American cowboy.

Skip returned East and taught high school Spanish and history for twelve years. During these years, he performed with Rick Starkey, of Martin Guitars in a bluegrass duo, Rabbit in a Log, and released a solo instrumental recording, The Old Style Mandolin Vol 1. One of the tunes from this album, Cowboy Waltz, was featured in Ken Burns acclaimed BASEBALL PBS documentary behind the slow motion pitching of the great Walter Johnson.

LATE NEWS ... On this trip Skip is bringing over his partner, Kate MacLeod and says: "Kate is a great singer and fiddle player. She will be singing harmonies and helping me out for a week while in Scotland on fiddle and guitar."


The Pleasance Cabaret Bar (View)
60 Pleasance
Edinburgh EH8 9TJ
United Kingdom


Music > All Ages
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



David T.
Edinburgh United Kingdom
Jun 22, 2018 2:45 AM
Jim D.
Edinburgh United Kingdom
Jun 22, 2018 12:16 AM
Jim D.
Edinburgh United Kingdom
Jun 22, 2018 12:16 AM

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