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Mark Gilston

Mark Gilston has been performing traditional folk music for over forty-five 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 is the current National Mountain Dulcimer Champion and is also an internationally recognized virtuoso on the English concertina.

Sometime in the early 90’s he discovered Swedish spelmansmusik and fell in love with the traditional fiddle music of Sweden. 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.

Mark has given concerts at numerous colleges, clubs and coffee houses throughout the United States as well as England and Canada, and has been a featured performer and workshop leader for various folk music societies including the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club and the Folk Song Society of Greater Washington as well as groups abroad. He is currently performing music and living in Austin, Texas.