2006-08-03 / About Town

Cowboy songs at library tonight

Skip Gorman, cowboy musician, will perform a family program tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the library's meeting hall.

Gorman will perform old-time ballads and fiddle tunes. His music is true to authentic cowboy music that was performed around campfires in the West at the end of the 19th century. Whether he is singing a rendition of a lonesome night-herding song with a sweet Texas lullaby yodel or delivering a powerful old-time western fiddle tune, the audience is transported to the true American West of the late 1800s.

Dressed in period bat-wing chaps and spurs in the tradition of an old-time cowboy, Gorman uses songs, stories, poetry, and variety of period instruments such as cross-tuned fiddle, guitar, cow camp banjo, bones, harmonica, and slide guitar. His stories are of vaqueros, cowgirls, black cowboys, stampedes, loneliness, and love. His music contains hues of Appalachian, Native American, and Celtic traditions that were heard on the western high plains of yesteryear.

Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie

Home Companion," at bluegrass festivals, cowboy gatherings, and at folk venues throughout the U.S. and Europe. His most recent performances were sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and held in several locations in Chile to celebrate the Fourth of July. Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has featured Gorman's music in both "Lewis & Clark: the journey of the Corps of Discovery" and "Baseball." Gorman has released six recordings on the Rounder, Folk Legacy, and Marimac labels. He is featured on many others.

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