// Origin: Denver, CO
// Genres: Folk / Bluegrass
// Years Active: 2004- Present
// Website: Martingilmore.com
With a diverse and extensive repertoire, Martin Gilmore’s soulful voice navigates a wide range of sounds with traditional and original songs. His easy-going style explores the depths of folk music with authentic reproductions, creative reimaginations, and unique original songs. His robust vocals, and impressive guitar work combine to bring color to new and old songs alike. Gilmore’s strong desire to let his authenticity blaze a trail leaves no doubt about his sincerity or artistry.
Martin Gilmore released his debut self-titled record in 2009 which was produced by Infamous Stringdusters bassist Travis Book. The record also featured members of FY5, Open Road, and Pete Wernick of Hot Rize. In 2017, Martin released his EP East-West also featuring Eslam Elabaty, which was recorded in Cairo, Egypt where Martin lived from 2015-2017. Martin’s 2021 release The Martin Gilmore Trio featured the talents of mandolinist Nick Amodeo and bassist Ian Haegele, who play regularly with Martin. The record also features Tim O’Brien, Courtney Hartman, and Mollie O’Brien. The Martin Gilmore trio have played all over the United States and Ireland, and were one of the official showcase groups at the International Bluegrass Music Associations World of Bluegrass conference in 2021.
In 2017, Martin joined the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado as part of the Folk and Bluegrass program in the School of Music. As part of the program he has conducted lessons in bluegrass guitar, singing, composition & songwriting, and has led the bluegrass ensemble. Martin has also been an instructor at Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver since 2008, where he leads classes about songwriting, guitar, singing, and directs bluegrass ensembles and the Swallow Hill Bluegrass Band. He also has taught courses on bluegrass music, the banjo, country music, and cowboy songs for the University of Denver’s Enrichment Program.
Martin has opened for groups such as The Infamous Stringdusters, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, amongst others. He has toured all over the world as a solo act, as well as with the Martin Gilmore Trio, and his bluegrass band Long Road Home.