Martin Gilmore performs solo at the East Morgan County Library – The Fort Morgan Times

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  • Martin Gilmore plays original and classic folk songs Thursday, June 24 at the East Morgan County Library. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • A couple in the audience swing to Gilmore’s music. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

  • Martin Gilmore plays for a small but enthusiastic audience. (Katie Roth / The Fort Morgan Times)

Singer-songwriter Martin Gilmore traveled to Brush on Thursday, June 24 to play one of his first live concerts since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Excited to travel again for in-person concerts, Gilmore spent the hour singing a variety of classic and original folk and bluegrass songs.

Although originally planned for the park by the East Morgan County Library, the concert was moved indoors due to the rainy weather, resulting in a more intimate event.

Gilmore taught at the nonprofit Swallow Hill Music in Denver from 2008 to 2015 before moving to Cairo, Egypt with his wife for a few years. Since returning from Cairo in 2017, he has taught folk and bluegrass guitar at the University of Northern Colorado. Of course, he also continued to pursue and perform his music as a solo artist and as lead singer of the Martin Gilmore Trio.

During the concert, Gilmore shared stories of time spent bonding with Egyptian folk artists, playing his music in Ireland, working as a park warden at the Fort Laramie National Historic Site in his home state of Wyoming, singing songs with his two-year-old son throughout the pandemic and teaching at UNC – both in person and on Zoom.

For those who missed Thursday’s event, don’t worry! Gilmore will return to Brush’s Library Park on August 25 to perform at the People’s Market and perform often in venues statewide. Learn more about Gilmore and its upcoming events at martingilmore.com.

Video: Brush News Tribune


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