Martin Gilmore is a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Denver, Colorado area. He has performed around the U.S. and he recently returned from a two-year stint living in Cairo, Egypt, where he was able to perform in both Europe and Africa. He has performed with artists including Hot Rize, Uncle Earl, Infamous Stringdusters, and others, and he has opened for Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, and he was a founding member of the bluegrass band, Long Road Home.
Gilmore also is a music teacher and is on the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado, teaching bluegrass guitar. Gilmore sings lead and plays guitar and octave mandolin. His Trio is rounded out by Nick Amodeo (mandolin, octave mandolin), and Ian Haegele (bass), and, on this project he is backed vocally by guests Tim O’Brien, Mollie O’Brien, and Courtney Hartman.
This is Gilmore’s third project and he has presented a selection of his original songs and includes arrangements of a couple of traditional tunes. His musical influences include folk, bluegrass, country, swing and jazz, and his songs cover the themes of life, relationships, lost love, and even trains. “You’re Not Even Trying” features Amodeo’s octave mandolin, and the instrumental “On The Road to Allihies” features him on mandolin with Gilmore’s lead guitar.
There is a bluesy “I’ve Got The Blues” and “Song So Sad” has Gilmore playing octave mandolin. He also plays octave mandolin on the fiddle medley “Shove That Pig’s Foot Further In The Fire/Bonaparte Crossing The Rocky Mountains” with a nice interplay between mandolin and bass. Gilmore’s guitar picking is fully showcased on “When You’re Young,” about riding trains which is followed by “Freight Train Blues.” A nice collection of pleasing material from the Martin Gilmore Trio.