FEATURING: Margo Cilker, Ismay, Carin Mari
Three acts share original music from the heart of a new generation. Washinton's wanderer Margo Cilker, Northern California's contemplative Ismay and Colorado's passionate Carin Marin bring fresh sounds to the G Three Theater. It's an adventure and stories worth the listen.
From the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
"Over the Mountain"
"The Lonely Stallion"
"The Dove, the Shrew, & The Raccoon"
Ismay with Margo Cilker
"Last of My Kind" (words + music by Paul Burch)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Originally from California, singer-songwriter Margo Cilker has spent the last few years on the road–from South Carolina to Montana, then the Basque Country and back to the American West. Her travels are always split between staying and going. She says she pines for “Basque wine, music, and cowboys.” Forging a path that is at once deeply rooted and ever-changing, Margo recently alighted in eastern Oregon to ride out the pandemic and work on her debut album, Pohorylle. Influenced by the poetry of Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, and Townes van Zandt, her music reflects a restlessness and continued yearning for the road. Margo is joined by band members Clara Baker (fiddle), Dan Galucki (drums), and Forrest VanTuyl (bass).
Melding the experience of taming wild horses, escaping wildfires, and birthing lambs with the mystical soundscape that nature inspires, Ismay has sharpened their musical craft over the last decade while living and working on the family ranch in Northern California. With Songs of Sonoma Mountain, their debut album recorded in the century-old family barn, Ismay realized a contemplative vision blending field recordings and intricate melodies with live, inventive composition. Growing up backstage at their grandfather’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, they were inspired early on by artists such as Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Hazel Dickens. Ismay represents the collaborative work driven by singer-songwriter Avery Hellman joined by Andrew Allen-Fahlander (guitar, mandolin) and Forrest Marowitz (bass).
Buena Vista, CO
Inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised, Carin Mari is passionate about telling stories from the heart. Western music quickly became her focus when friend and mentor Michael Martin Murphey suggested she learn "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart.” After years of continued dedication, Carin’s talents as a guitarist and singer-songwriter have won her numerous awards, including a Texaco Country Showdown trip to Nashville where she played her original songs on stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium. While pursuing her own career, Carin is also thrilled to be the lead guitar player in Michael Martin Murphey’s Rio Grande Band. Carin co-produced her new album, Home, which is her fourth professional project as a solo artist.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Theater in Elko, Nevada, on Feb. 2, 2022.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.