Mark Gilston | Troll Road

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Troll Road

by Mark Gilston

This wonderful listening album features Swedish and Norwegian "spelsman" music played in traditional style on concertina, dulcimer and fiddle.
Genre: World: Swedish Folk
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1. Ganglat efter Olle Gustafson-Solne
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2. Slangpolska fran Enanger
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3. Brudmarsch fran Leksands
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4. Polska efter Back Far
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5. Skanklat fran Dalarna
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6. Byggna'n
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7. Barkbrodslater
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8. Troll Road
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9. Skinbracka med Lukku
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10. Trollspolska
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11. Tom's Tune
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12. Schottis fran Lindome
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13. Polska fran Malung efter Sjungar Lars
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14. March from Western Dalarna
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15. Schottis fran Binsjo
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16. Senpolska fran Stode
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17. Vandringen i Varlden
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18. Springleik etter Ola Asen
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19. Polska fran Follinge (gammelvanster)
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20. Lekken Has Jo
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21. Troll Ring
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22. Gammelvanster fran Oviken
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mark Gilston has been performing traditional folk music for over thirty years. His vast repertoire encompasses songs and instrumentals from North America and most of Europe, particularly the British Isles, Scandinavia, and the Balkans. His performances are laced with humor and a wide base of eclectic knowledge. Mark, an award-winning mountain dulcimer player (first place, 2004 Oklahoma State Mountain Dulcimer Championship), also plays concertina, guitar, banjo, Bulgarian bagpipes, pennywhistle, ocarina, tambura, and others.
He has given concerts at numerous colleges, clubs and coffee houses throughout the United States as well as England and Canada and has been a featured performer and workshop leader for various folk music societies including the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club and the Folk Song Society of Greater Washington as well as groups abroad. He is currently performing music and living in Austin, Texas.


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Rhomylly Forbes

Playing outside the box!
It’s not often the first track of a CD leaps out and smacks you in the head with the pure subtlety of the musician’s technique. However, that is exactly what happened to me when I recently played Mark Gilston’s Troll Road for the first time.

Troll Road features Swedish and Norwegian "spelsman" music played in traditional style with Gilston on English concertina and mountain dulcimer and guest musician, Tom Gibney, on fiddle. A few tracks feature Gilston alone on the dulcimer, and your ear would swear there has to be another instrument in there somewhere! The merriment in the dulcimer tracks set my toes tapping, and made me very sorry I didn’t try harder to learn how to dance the hambo when I was a kid.

But of primary interest to folk concertinists are the tracks where Gilston trots out his baritone Wheatstone (ca. 1910-1920) giving a haunting, dark-forest twist to the tunes, especially the aforementioned first track, Gänglät efter Olle Gustafson-Solne. The title track is also excellent. For a listener familiar with the mental images of cheerful pubs and ruddy faces gathered around cottage hearths that Irish and English music conjures up, Gilston’s concertina-playing instead takes you to dark forests and lost, snow-drift nights. In some cases, his playing echoes organ music, although there is nothing particularly church-like about it.

If you’re looking to expand your concertina CD collection beyond the borders of England or Ireland, Troll Road would be an excellent place to start.