Recordings

Mark currently has fourteen CDs out. They feature Mark on a number of instruments including mountain dulcimer, bass dulcimer, concertina, Bulgarian bagpipes (gaida), guitar, ocarina, rubber bass, synthesizer, and whistle. Vocals too!  Just click on the highlighted tracks to listen.  More sample sound files from these CDs are available at CD Baby (just click on the CD cover).

Christmas with Dulcimers CD
Christmas with Dulcimers

Christmas with Dulcimers (2013). Purchase online from CD Baby!

Christmas with Dulcimers is an album of beautiful Christmas songs and melodies sung and played beautifully  on mountain dulcimer, concertina and more. You will hear old favorites along with lovely haunting carols from Appalachia, France, England and much more.

The track list for Christmas with Dulcimers includes:

Joy to the World | Gaudete | Live Happily | In the Bleak Midwinter | Sing Hallelu | Away in a Manger | Mary Had a Baby | Babe of Bethlehem | Rise Up Shepherd and Follow | Coventry Carol | A Virgin Most Pure | Ain’t That Rockin’ All Night | Ding Dong Merrily on High | Cherry Tree Carol | Noël Nouvelet | Il Est Née, le Divine Infant | Brightest and Best | Pat-a-pan | Cradle Hymn | How Many Oxen |  The Holly and the Ivy | Jesus Rest Your Head | Jeanette Isabella | Miss Fogarty’s Cake | Hark the Herald Angels | Swedish Christmas Medley | International Christmas Medley | Total running time 72:28

 

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The Green Dulcimer

The Green Dulcimer (2012). Purchase online from CD Baby!

The Green Dulcimer is an outstanding collection of 38 beautiful Celtic dance tunes and airs brilliantly realized on solo mountain dulcimer by virtuoso player, Mark Gilston.

The track list for The Green Dulcimer includes:

Cliffs of Moher (Irish jig); The Green Dulcimer (Jig by Mark Gilston)  3:28 | Holmes’ Fancy  (Northumbrian)  2:51 | Banish Misfortune  (Irish jig)  2:10 | Maid Behind the Bar; Sally Gardens  (Irish reels)  3:00 | Gay Gordons  (Scottish)  2:45 | Maid at the Spinning Wheel  (Irish jig)  2:18 | An Comhra Donn (The Brown Coffer)  (Irish hornpipe)  2:09 | Lilting Banshee; Ten Penny Bit  (Irish jigs)  3:06 | Planxty Irwin (O’Carolan);  Munster Cloak  (Irish waltz)  3:02 | The Road to Lisdoonvarna (Irish slide);  Trip to Sligo (Irish jig)  2:32 | Quindaro Hornpipe  (American)  2:23 | Dennis Murphy’s Polka;  Lakes of Sligo  (Irish polkas)  2:32 | The Moon and Seven Stars  (Irish jig)  2:40 | Paddy on the Turnpike;  The Star of Munster  (Irish reels)  3:21 | Jim Ward’s;  Leitrim Fancy  (Irish jigs)  3:13 | Planxty Fanny Po’er   (O’Carolan)  2:49 | Jockey to the Fair  (English Morris tune or Irish set dance)  2:14 | Father Kelly’s; The Flower of the Flock  (Irish reels)  2:53 | Sailor’s Hornpipe  (English)  1:31 | Maggie Brown’s Favourite  (O’Carolan jig)  2:01 | Border Fray or Reel O’Stumpie  (Scottish)  2:49 | Rakes of Kildare;  Mug of Brown Ale  (Irish jigs)  3:25 | Madame Bonaparte  (Northumbrian hornpipe)  2:54 | Follow Me Down to Carlow;  Hide and Go Seek  (Irish jigs)  3:05 | Planxty George Brabazon  (O’Carolan)  2:09 | Dingle Regatta  (Irish slide)  2:01 | Three Sea Captains  (Irish set dance)  3:02 | Total Running Time: 73:49

 

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Dulcimer Hambo

Dulcimer Hambo (2012). Purchase online from CD Baby!

Dulcimer Hambo is a beautiful collection of 27 lovely Swedish dance and processional tunes brilliantly realized on solo mountain dulcimer by virtuoso player, Mark Gilston.

The track list for Dulcimer Hambo includes:

Dulcimer Hambo  (My Hambo Has Fleas) 3:47 | Gånglåt från Rättvik 2:38 | Svingedans efter Mårten Sjöbäck 2:02 | Säckpipslåt från Norra Råda 2:37 | Polonäs från Sexdrega 2:56 | Gavels Ella (hambo) 2:52 | Gånglåt från Vigelsjö av Sten Blomström 2:45 | Polska efter Zuaw 2:30 | Norrbommens Polska efter Hjort Anders 2:08 | Slängpolska efter Byss-Calle 2:51 | Mora Långdans 1:24 | Mållongen av Gunnar Östergårds (hambo) 3:18 | Minne från Rommehed  (polkett) 2:10 | Mungalåten 3:29 | Vals efter Tjäder Jonas 1:59 | Snurran (snoa) 2:46 | Steklåt från Särna 2:09 | Ten Crowns Polska 2:10 | Schottis från Haverö 1:57 | Polska efter Båtsman Däck 3:05 | Brudmarsch efter Florsen i Burs 2:03 | Polska från Åre 2:34 | Schottis från Idre 1:49 | Hambo på Logen 3:16 | Skålarna 3:56 | Vendelpolskan 2:20 | Långdans från Sollerön 2:04 | Total Running Time: 70:09

 

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Grandad's Favorite

Grandad's Favorite: Old-Time Music on Mountain Dulcimer (2010). Purchase online from CD Baby!

Grandad's Favorite, Grandad's Favorite is an exciting collection of wonderful old-time tunes masterfully played on solo mountain dulcimer by  Mark Gilston.

The track list for Grandad's Favorite includes:

Barlow Knife 2:39 | Liza Jane  3:28 | Step Around Johnny  3:12 | Cluck Old Hen  3:30 | Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine  3:51 | Roscoe  3:10 | Billy Wilson  3:52 | Sally in the Garden/ Greasy Coat  5:01 | Breaking Up Christmas  2 :45 | Johnny Don't Get Drunk  2:41 | Sweet Marie  3:06 | Seneca Square Dance  2:42 | Uncle Henry  3:20 | Grandad's Favorite  3:01 | Ducks on a Pond  3:47 | Little Dutch Girl  2:58 |  There's a Brown Skin Girl Down the Road Somewhere  3:42  | Boatman   3:27 | Tater Patch  2:41 | Waltz from Rättvik | Total Running Time:  66:59

 

Playing A Round With Dulcimers CD
Playing A Round With Dulcimers

Playing A Round With Dulcimers (2010). Purchase online from CD Baby!

Playing A Round With Dulcimers, is a delightful feast of wonderful rounds, some familiar, some not so familiar, some old and some new.  The parts are fully harmonized and each is masterfully played by Mark Gilston on a separate dulcimer ranging from bass to soprano.  Playing Around With Dulcimers is a thrilling instrumental musical excursion.

The track list for Playing A Round With Dulcimers includes:

Welcome Welcome Every Guest 3:04  | Now We Are Met  1:54 | Frère Jacques  1:47 | Kum Bachur Atzel  1:56 | Come Follow Me  2:17 | Row, Row, Row Your Boat  1:23  | Dona Nobis Pacem  3:01 |

When Jesus Wept  2:12 | Célébron Sans Cesse  2:47 | Christ Church Bells  2:44  | Ring in the New Year  2 :33 | Great Tom is Cast  2:12  | Hey Ho, What Shall I Say?  3:29 | Go To Joan Glover  1:36  | Rose Rose Rose Rose  1:37 | Cakes and Ale  3:15 | Margery  2:36 | Fox and Geese  2:24  | Thou Poor Bird  1:30  | Kookaburra  1:45  | Cuckoo, As I Me Walk-ed   1:38 | Ho Young Rider  1:56 | Hie We To Another World  1:58 | Hey Ho Nobody Home  1:26 | Joy and Temperence and Repose   1:45 | Turn Again Whittington  1:15 | Tzena Tzena  1:55 | Shalom Chaverim  2:07 | Good Night, Good Night  1:51| Hey Ho, What Shall I Say? (redux)  2:49 | Total Running Time:  64:03

 

                                                  ALBUM NOTES and LYRICS for Playing A Round With Dulcimers

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At Your Request

At Your Request (2008). Purchase online from CD Baby!

In At Your Request, Mark presents three sets of concert favorites: music from central Europe and the Balkans,  songs and dance tunes from the British Isles and a set of tunes from Sweden and Norway.  The CD concludes with two of Mark's most requested encores.

The track list for At Your Request includes:

Zillertaler Laendler  3:33 | Snoshti si Rada  3:56 | Panagyurska Rachenitsa  3:29 | Vchera Mina  3:27 | Dura  1:22 | More Čiča Reče  2:38 | Bezzi Laendler  2:44 | A Trip to Paris  1:47 | John Bull, the Englishman, the Irishman and the Scotsman  3:36 | Dick's Maggot  1:41 | Saddle the Pony 1:27 |  Jack Tar on Shore  1:42 | Kesh Jig, Merrily Kissed the Quaker's Wie  3:00 | Patrick Spenser  4:05 | Foxhunter's Reel  2:06 |  Wedding March from Älvdalen  1:34 | Polska from Älvdalen  2:12 | Schottish from Porjus 2:01| Polska from Almot (Dans på Kolbotten)  2:44 | Slängpolska from Småland after Bernard Ljungren  2:20 | Springleik (Oppskrivi etter Jon Holmo)  1:57 |  Schottish from Lima  2:03 | Polska after Gelotte  3:21| Slängpolska from Sne  3:02| We Parted on the Shore  4:10 | The Water is Wide  2:14 | Total Running Time:  68:06

                                                    SONG LYRICS for At Your Request

English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.1
English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.1

English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.1 (2008). Purchase online from CD Baby!

24 lovely dance tunes from Playford's English Dancing Master beautifully arranged for Mountain Dulcimer

The track list for English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.1 includes:

All in a Garden Green | Argeers | Beggar Boy | Bonny Bonny Broome | Cuckolds All in a Row | Daphne | Drive the Cold Winter Away | Gathering Peascods | Goddesses | Halfe Hannikin | Hearts Ease | Jack A Lent | Jenny Pluck Pears | Mage on a Cree | The Maid Peeped Out at the Window or Friar in the Well | Maiden Lane | Nonesuch | The Old Mole | Parson’s Farewell | Scotch Cap | Upon a Summers' Day | Up Tails All | The Wish | Woodicock

 

 

 
English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.2
English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.2

English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.2 (2008). Purchase online from CD Baby!

24 more lovely dance tunes from Playford's English Dancing Master beautifully arranged for Mountain Dulcimer

The track list for English Country Dances for Dulcimer vol.2 includes:

Black Nag | Childgrove | Dick's Maggot | The Flight | The Goose and the Gridiron | Grimstock | Hunt the Squirrel | Jamaica | Juice of the Barley | Knives and Forks | Lilliburlero | Maid's Morris | Mister Isaac's Maggot | Nobody's Jigg | Prince William | Selenger's Round | The Splendid Shilling | Step Stately | Touch and Take | A Trip to Paris | A Trip to Tunbridge |  The Whim | Valentine's Day | Rufty Tufty

 

 

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Mark Gilston's American Roots

Mark Gilston's American Roots (2007). Purchase online from CD Baby!

A joyous exploration of American old-time and ethnic music featuring mountain dulcimer.  On this CD, in addition to two vocals, Mark plays seven different dulcimers, guitar and English concertina in solo dulcimer pieces and various instrumental combinations.

The track list for Mark Gilston's American Roots includes:

Texas  2:38 | Irish Washerwoman  3:04 | Silly Bill  3:05 | Rock the Cradle Joe  3:22 | Visby  2:00 | Mrs. McCloud’s Reel  (Did You Ever See the Devil, Uncle Joe?)  2:06 | Bull at the Wagon  3:00 | Per, the Blacksmith Waltz   3:32 | Fairy Schottish  2:49 | Connaughtman’s Rambles, Tripping Upstairs (jigs)  2:28 | Going South  2:56 | Wild Rose of the Mountain  3:27 | Bullfrog on a Puncheon Floor  2:52 | Yellow Barber  2:49 | Cotton-Eyed Joe  2:36 |  Kitchen Girl  2:48 | Gärdeby  3:20 | Ah Poor Bird (round) 1:28| Karis Pers and Morning Hambo  3:42 | Langstrom's Pony (jig)  2:34 | Wedding March from Rättvik  1:57 | Mairi’s Wedding, Egan’s Polka, Keel Row  4:26 | Chincapin Hunting  2:26| Stump Tailed Dog  3:11| Time Has Made a Change  3:18 | Total Running Time:  71:54

 

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Travels with Dulcimers

Travels with Dulcimers (2007). Purchase online from CD Baby!

Travels with Dulcimers is a celebration of the remarkable diversity of the mountain dulcimer.  It has music from Sweden, Ireland, France, England, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia.  In addition to playing six different mountain dulcimers in solo pieces  and combinations, Mark adds clever, tasteful accompaniments played on guitar, concertina, whistle and Bulgarian bagpipes.

The track list for Travels with Dulcimers includes:

Gånglåt efter Sens John 1:46 | Vals från Orsa  3:34 | Gånglåt efter Mattias Blom 1:59 | Parson’s Farewell  2:09 | Fjunäsvalsen  2:37 | Polka med Bakmes fran Kåll  1:39 | Black Rogue; Tobin's Favorite; Lark in the Morning Morning (jigs)  4:33 | Bourrée from Berry  2:26 | French Mazurka  2:12 | Paro Lou Loup, Lo Calho 2:08 | Gankino Horo  3:32 | Sitna Lesa 1:46 | Srpkinja  3:19 | Rachenitsa  3:20 | Presjekača  2:32 |  Paidushka   6:01| Nyårhälsning Schottis (New Year’s Greeting Schottish) 2:12 | Ore-valsen  2:43 | Top of Cork Road, Tar Road to Sligo (jigs)  2:31 | Childgrove  1:31 | The Fairies (hornpipe) 2:24 | Olles Hambo 3:44 | Babba-Lisas Hyfs’n  2:04 | Health to the Ladies, Blackthorn Stick (jigs)  2:20 | Trip to Durro, Boy in the Gap (reels) 3:44 | Total Running Time: 69:11

 

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Troll Road

Troll Road (2005). Purchase online from CD Baby!

This wonderful listening album features Swedish and Norwegian "spelsman" music played in traditional style on concertina and dulcimer with guest musician, Tom Gibney on fiddle.

The track list for Troll Road includes:

Gänglät efter Olle Gustafson-Solne 1:46 | Slängpolska frän Enanger 3:27 | Brudsmarsh frän Leksands 1:52 | Polska efter Back Far 3:22 | Skänklåt från Dalarna 2:36 | Byggnaân (The Building) 4:06 | Barkbrödslater (Bark Bread tune) 3:15 | Troll Road (schottis) 2:38 | Skinnbracka med Lukku (hambo) 4:16 | Trollspolska (från Boda) 1:39 | Tom's Tune 1:58 | Schottis från Lindome 3:08 | Polska från Malung efter Sjunger Lars 1:53 | March from western Dalarna after Kalle Almlöf 1:52 | Schottis från Bingsjö 2:58 | Senpolska från Stöde 2:39 | Vandringen i Världen 3:21 | Springleik etter Ola åsen 2:45 | Polska från Föllinge (gammelvänster) 3:28 | Lekken Has Jo (springleik) 1:46 | Troll Ring (ringlander) 3:09 | Gammelvänster från Oviken 2:15 | Total Running Time: 61:19

 

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Dances with Dulcimers

Dances with Dulcimers (2005). Purchase online from CD Baby!

Innovative world music from a true dulcimer virtuoso. This CD is an anthology of traditional European and American dance tunes played on solo mountain dulcimer. Listening to this delightful recording will open your eyes and ears to the remarkable capabilities of this simple yet beautiful instrument.

The track list for Dances with Dulcimers includes:

Atholl Highlanders 2:43 | Bourrée 2:44 | Dennis Murphy's Slide/Blarney Pilgrim 3:05 | Bufcansko Oro 3:09 | Fairy Schottisch 2:28 | Fraher's Jig 2:32 | Jänta Och Ja 3:03 | Pandalas 2:56 | Hound in the Laundry 2:01 | Going to Boston 2:18 | Karis Pers Hambo 2:17 | Road to the Isles 2:20 | Swallowtail Jig/Tenpenny Bit 2:43 | Rosalie de Bon Matin 3:50 | Bondpolska av Båtmans Däck 2:20 | Ringlander after Ringnesson 1:50 | Wink the Other Eye 2:42 | Yellow Door Breakdown 1:51 | Sommermich'l/Alte Kath 2:18 | Bondpolksa Polska efter Zuaw 1:46 | Rose Tickle 3:17 | Reel de Père Leon 2:16 | Total Running Time: 57:40

 

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Lend Me An Ear

Lend Me An Ear (2005), also on CEI. Purchase online from CD Baby!

Lend Me An Ear is a collection of traditional songs and instrumentals. In this cleverly charming compilation, many of the songs have references to missing ears. The CD features an international selection of material and shows off Mark's fine singing styles and virtuoso mountain dulcimer and concertina playing along with a sampling of wind instruments including the gaida (Bulgarian bagpipe).

The track list for Lend Me An Ear includes:

Drover’s Dream 2:12 | Shearing in the Bar 5:17 | Jellyfish Tickle 3:13 | Tee Roo 3:02 | The Cat Came Back 3:18 | Gänglåt efter Olle Gustafson-Solne 1:56 | Silver Jack 3:21 | Quel Dommage Martin 3:43 | An Irishman’s Heart to the Ladies 2:02 | The Trooper and the Tailor 6:03 | Rock the Wind 1:27 | How to Make Love 2:57 | Perrine 2:32 | Snoshti si Dojde 3:01 | Krivo Horo 1:24 | Kakvo E Chudo 2:39 | Chestoto 2:56 | Mallarin’s Polka 2:23 | Ringlander efter Per Eriksson 2:46 | On That Day 1:58 | Total Running Time: 58:22

SONG LYRICS for Lend Me An Ear

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It Would Sure Be A Miracle

It Would Sure Be A Miracle (2001), on the CEI label (http://www.ceimd.com/folksing.htm).  Purchase online from CD Baby!

Mark's first CD is a fine cross section of his tremendous diversity and musicianship.  It contains an excellent selection of traditional ballads and instrumentals including many of his most requested concert pieces.

The track list for It Would Sure Be A Miracle includes:

District Court March from Leksands 3:17 | The Cowboy 3:29 | Lather and Shave 4:05 | Soldier with the Green Whiskers 1:47 | Bourree Bouscatel 2:27 | Come All You Young People 1:41 | Lady Gay 3:03 | Pasacalle from Majorca 1:27 | Tom’s Gone to Hilo 1:39 | Pretty Polly 4:01 | Hvoytsata (Pajdusko from Dragoevo) 2:03 | Prsten Mi Padna 4:02 | Sitna Lisa 3:25 | Snoshti Si Rada 4:28 | Rustemul 1:59 | Devil Buck 3:01 | Mrs. Fogharty’s Cake 3:42 | Bow Down 6:29 | Wedding March from Råttvik 3:16 | The Day-Traders’ Alphabet 5:14 | Total Running Time: 64:47

SONG LYRICS for It Would Sure Be A Miracle