Hal Cannon, Founder
Western Folklife Center & Cowboy Poetry Gathering
"The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman's voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them."
Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. His music is not the music of the Hollywood cowboy, but rather the simple, yet beautifully poignant music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century. Gorman brings to the music a scholar's knowledge of the cowboy's Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.
Whether solo or with his old time cowboy band, The Waddie Pals, Skip takes the music from one of the most romanticized periods of American history-the days of the cattle drives and westward expansion-strips away the Hollywood glitz and Nashville affectations, and shows us the beauty of the music as it was sung and played along emigrant trails and in cowcamps over a hundred years ago in the American West.
Gorman has performed on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, at bluegrass festivals, cowboy gatherings and at folk venues throughout the US and Europe. He also frequently presents programs and concerts at schools and museums, educating and entertaining in authentic cowboy garb while playing period instruments. Documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, has featured Skip's music in both Lewis and Clark and Baseball. Skip Gorman has released six recordings on the Rounder, Folk Legacy and Marimac labels. He is featured on many others. Click for Skip's Bio..
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