The Martin Gilmore Trio
Americana, Bluegrass, and Country music.
2021 IBMA Official Showcase Artist
From: Denver, Colorado
Martin Gilmore - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Amodeo - Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Ian Haegele - Bass, Vocals
“With plenty of emotional electricity and snappy spirit in their fluid melodic conversations, The Martin Gilmore Trio has the potential, repertoire and chops to build a legion of fans and appeal to a wide demographic that simply likes solid, tastefully rendered acoustic music.” – Roots Music Report
MG3 - Bio
“The Martin Gilmore Trio has an enchanting, varied repertoire that channels inspiration from folk, old-time, blues, honky-tonk, bluegrass and swing.” – Roots Music Report
The Martin Gilmore Trio (MG3) is a bluegrass and folk music group from Denver, Colorado. Comprised of Martin Gilmore, Nick Amodeo, and Ian Haegele, their sound centers around acoustic, bluegrass, and American roots music. Their broad repertoire includes traditional and original music mostly penned by Gilmore. They have toured all over the United States and Ireland and released their self-titled record in January of 2021.
Martin Gilmore is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in Denver, Colorado. He is an instructor of folk and bluegrass music at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches guitar, vocals, and directs the bluegrass ensemble. He has recorded two solo records which feature members of Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, and FY5. In 2017 he recorded a collaboration project titled East-West with famed oudist Eslam Elabaty in Cairo, Egypt where he lived from 2015-2017. He is an acclaimed songwriter and teaches songwriting at Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, Colorado. Martin is the lead singer and plays guitar and bouzouki in the MG3. Martin is a member of the bluegrass band Long Road Home featuring Pete Wernick on Banjo.
Nick Amodeo is a multi-instrumentalist playing styles from bluegrass mandolin to reggae bass to honky-tonk guitar. In 2005 he won the prestigious Rockygrass mandolin contest and has performed for many years as a sideman for the celebrated blues artist Otis Taylor. Nick has toured throughout North America and Europe, sharing the stage with such legends (and personal heroes) as Buddy Guy, Etta James, Mavis Staples, Chuck Campbell (The Campbell Brothers), Mollie O'Brien, Ron Miles and many more. Nick has also had the opportunity to teach music at Regis University, Naropa University, Swallow Hill Music School, Colorado Roots Music Camp and is currently a popular instructor on Jamplay.com. Nick lives in Denver, Colorado where he teaches and plays music full time. Nick plays guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki in the MG3.
Ian Haegele is a bassist who has played with many of the Rocky Mountain region’s best acoustic groups including The Jeff Austin Band, Long Road Home, and Thunder and Rain in addition to playing with the MG3. He received a master's degree in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Besides folk and bluegrass music he performs with many chamber groups and orchestras around the Front Range of Colorado. He recorded his solo record Low Roamer in 2017 which features the members of the MG3.
“This album seamlessly journeys through the Rockies and the Appalachian Mountains with timeless stories and tasteful instrumentation.” – Bluegrass Today
“A nice collection of pleasing material from the Martin Gilmore Trio. “ – Bluegrass Unlimited