Skip has been to the Festival several times and we are delighted that he is back with us again this year, he will be accompanied by Kate MacLeod. Skip and Kate will no doubt be at several sessions beside the official gigs.
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.
Having grown up on the outskirts of Washington D.C, Kate has resided in the region of Utah for decades; home of rich folklore, the roaming grounds of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch and the land from where Utah Phillips took his name. Her western migration has fueled her appreciation and understanding of the American experience, its varied landscapes and cultures.
She performs her music with guitar, violin and harmonica and has studied many styles of ethnic violin in addition to extensive classical training from where she has developed a unique expression with her fiddle playing.