Mark Gilston
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Mark Gilston

Cedar Park, Texas, United States | INDIE

Cedar Park, Texas, United States | INDIE
Band Folk World


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Mark has 7 CDs plus three Dulcimer Instruction books (each with an additional CD of all the tunes in the book.)
At Your Request 2008
Mark Gilston's American Roots 2007
Travels with Dulcimers 2007
Troll Road 2005
Dances with Dulcimers 2005
Lend Me an Ear 2004
It Would Sure Be a Miracle 1999
All CDs are available at CD Baby and on I-Tunes



Mark Gilston has been performing traditional folk music for over thirty years. His vast repertoire encompasses songs and instrumentals from North America and most of Europe, particularly the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the Balkans. His performances are laced with humor and a wide base of eclectic knowledge.
Mark was born and raised in New York City. Both of his parents were steeped in the folk music revival scene of the 1950's. He grew up listening to 78's and LP's of American, Russian, Spanish, Caribbean and Israeli folk music. His sister was a professional harpist. Learning guitar and taking piano lessons starting at age 5, he was constantly immersed in music.
His interest in Balkan music developed in his early teens when he began folk dancing at John Wagner's studio. A good friend sent him back a gaida from Bulgaria and he began to teach himself how to play the instrument in 1969. In 1970 he moved to Montreal to go to college and became a regular at the Yellow Door Coffeehouse where he bought his first own mountain dulcimer. He started playing concertina two years later.
After earning a Bachelor's degree in Folklore, Mark went to graduate school at SUNY Binghamton and ended up settling there until 1994. Sometime in the early '90's he discovered Swedish spelsman music and fell in love with the traditional fiddle music of Sweden. Rather than trying to learn yet another instrument, he began playing this music on concertina which he found was capable of playing the intricate harmonies of multiple fiddle parts. Later he began to adapt the Swedish style to dulcimer as well. In May of 2002, Mark moved to Austin, Texas where he now lives and plays.