Mark Gilston

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Location: Cedar Park, TX
Country: US

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2016 National Mountain Dulcimer Champion.  I'm a professional musician and music teacher and I offer mountain dulcimer lessons via Skype:  https://www.markgilston.com/ 

Born and raised in New York City. Both of my parents were steeped in the folk music revival scene of the 1950’s. I grew up listening to 78’s and LP’s of American, Russian, Spanish, Caribbean and Israeli folk music. Learning guitar and taking piano lessons starting at age 5, I was constantly immersed in music.

In my youth, I gained a love of traditional American ballads and Old-Time songs and instrumentals from recordings and from my father, who often sang the old ballads which he had learned in his youth in Appalachia. From my early years in college, I often played these tunes and accompanied myself on the mountain dulcimer.

I post new dulcimer videos every week.  If you enjoy a video and want to be able to go back and listen again, give it a "like".  "Likes" are very appreciated, and when deciding which videos to keep on the site and which to replace, videos with 3 or more "likes" get preferential treatment.

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Mark Gilston
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Bingsjö Polska
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Bingsjö Polska
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Los Peces en el Río
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Los Peces en el Río
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If you're Anxious for to Shine
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If you're Anxious for to Shine
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Finnskog Pols (Jänta På Näset)
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Finnskog Pols (Jänta På Näset)
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The Parting Glass
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The Parting Glass
Mark Gilston
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Posted a new Comment on Ryabina Ryabinushka:
"DavisJames: I love that.Reminiscent of another song about a rowan tree I know from the singing of Ludmila Zykina.Thanks. Yes, I know Tonkaya Ryabina..."
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Ryabina Ryabinushka
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Down in Yon Forest
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Down in Yon Forest
Mark Gilston
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Posted a new Comment on Cold December Flies Away:
"Dusty Turtle: Very nice! Thanks Dusty.   You've already got the tab for this one (:  (And for Still, Still, Still as well)."
Mark Gilston
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Cold December Flies Away
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Cold December Flies Away
Mark Gilston
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"Thanks all (:"
Mark Gilston
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Still Still Still
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Still Still Still
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Posted a new Comment on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:
"robert schuler: Thanks Mark, Merry Christmas to you. This was one of the first songs I learned to play on dulcimer. It's a very simple song to play and I..."
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Posted a new Comment on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen:
"Dusty Turtle: That's a nice arrangement, Mark. I play a version that's very similar but I use a capo at 1. I don't think I can stretch like you can...."
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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"DavisJames: That's beautiful...thank you... Glad you enjoy it.  I have really become hugely fond of these Victorian carols."
Mark Gilston
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See Amid the Winter's Snow
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Posted a new Comment on Der Christbaum:
"StudentofRhythm: Lovely tune!  You mention German-American immigrant communities: I expect that includes Texas?  Would it include Pennsylvania? I..."
Mark Gilston
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Der Christbaum
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She Moved Through the Fair
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"DavisJames: What a nice sounding dulcimer,plus you nail it,delightful music. Thanks.  Glad you enjoy it."
Mark Gilston
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Sinterklaasje kom maar binnen met je knecht
Mark Gilston
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"Gordon Hardy: Listening to this song was lots of fun Mark! It's good to hear you sing. Thank you."
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The Cat Came Back
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The Cat Came Back
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Hineh Ma Tov
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Alvdalpolska after Lapp-Nils

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Playford - English country dance tunes


I thought it would be nice to collect English country dance tunes in...
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Bingsjö Polska

Bingsjö Polska


@Mark Gilston
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Los Peces en el Río

Los Peces en el Río


@Mark Gilston
one week ago - Comments: 0
If you're Anxious for to Shine

If you're Anxious for to Shine


@Mark Gilston
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The Parting Glass

The Parting Glass


@Mark Gilston
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Ryabina Ryabinushka

Ryabina Ryabinushka


@Mark Gilston
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Down in Yon Forest

Down in Yon Forest


@Mark Gilston
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Cold December Flies Away

Cold December Flies Away


@Mark Gilston
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Still Still Still

Still Still Still


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 4
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen


@Mark Gilston
one month ago - Comments: 4
See Amid the Winter's Snow

See Amid the Winter's Snow


@Mark Gilston
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Der Christbaum

Der Christbaum


@Mark Gilston
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She Moved Through the Fair

She Moved Through the Fair


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The Cat Came Back

The Cat Came Back


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Comments

Selah
11/05/17 07:46:35PM @selah:

Wonderful! Thank you, Mark... I'll be in touch! 


Selah
11/05/17 07:32:37PM @selah:

That would be great, Mark! Just may have to talk to you about some lessons... I'm as green as green can be! I would love to know about local events to attend also, could you direct me where I should look to be informed?


Mark Gilston
09/09/16 04:37:13PM @mark-gilston:

Strumelia:


Hey Mark, have you ever played "Emperor of the Moon"?  If so, I'd love for you to post a video of you playing it either on concertina or dulcimer or any instrument you play.  I've recently been taken by the tune. flower



It's not a tune I was familiar with, but I like it.  The penultimate sharped 7th pushes it into chromatic dulcimer territory if I were to try to play it on dulcimer.  But I suspect it would be a lot easier to learn on concertina.  I'm traveling for the next several weeks, but I'll put it on my list of tunes to learn.


Strumelia
09/09/16 01:07:40PM @strumelia:

Hey Mark, have you ever played "Emperor of the Moon"?  If so, I'd love for you to post a video of you playing it either on concertina or dulcimer or any instrument you play.  I've recently been taken by the tune. flower


Maxspop
05/10/15 04:16:09PM @bobby-maxspop-bingham:

Honored to have such a great player as my friend. Have a nice day.


Marvin T (Tommy) Huntsman
12/30/14 01:20:29AM @marvin-t-tommy-huntsman:

Hello Mark

I am enjoying your videos. I visit my son an family in your home town. If you are a member of a local dulcimer group, I would like some information and perhaps join your group when I visit.

Thanks

Tommy


Cynthia Wigington
12/12/14 06:05:46PM @cynthia-wigington:

I'm honored Mark. Always enjoy your videos. This was a particularly sweet arrangement of one I play in the most boring fashion, so it was a joy to listen to it.


Gordon Hardy
09/29/14 09:49:23PM @gordon-hardy:

Hello Mark, I received the "Grandad's Favorite" CD some time agoand am enjoying your musical stylings very much. Thank you for this. Best regards, Gordon


Cindi Zechman
09/02/14 02:19:59PM @cindi-zechman:

Glad to be your friend...I did check out the Utube videos and they are great. Do I remember you posting Dodi Li before?


Jon Timlin
05/14/14 09:41:20PM @jon-timlin:

Thanks again, Mark. I am honored to be considered a "friend" on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer.

I'd love to meet you in person some day. Where are you performing this summer?


Helen Seiler
03/20/14 01:28:50AM @helen-seiler:
G'day Mark. Lulu are great. I received paperback copy of More American Old Time Tunes today. Thats very fast. The songs look great and I have picked a couple to start on. Congratulations on a fine publication. Helen
Helen Seiler
03/15/14 12:06:10AM @helen-seiler:

G'day Mark, I went onto lulu.com to buy a soft cover version of your new TAB book but was unable to check how much they charge in shipping without progressing into the Checkout page. I have had a few nasty frights with Checkout pages andinternational shippingrates onbooks, which seems silly, but I guess they all have their own idea of a handling costs.

Anywayyyyyy, do you know how much they charge to send the bookto Australia? Thanks Helen


Ken Hulme
01/16/14 04:52:52PM @ken-hulme:

Ayup, I'll need a good email address anyway. Digital file I should be able to ship electronically. I'm away from the boat until next week, but once I'm back there I have a buddy who has all the good digital recording equipment.

I'll pick out five songs and record them back-to-back with an hourglass and a teardrop.


Karel Votanek
12/07/13 01:05:31AM @karel-votanek:

Hello Mark,es freut mich sehr,dass Du mich unter Deine Freunde eingeladen hast.Es ist fr mich groe Ehre.Schada ist,dass ich nicht englisch kann,nur tschechisch(ich bin aus Prag),deutsch(ich wohne in Deutschland),und russisch.Ich bin kein Profimusiker,wie Du,ich spiele aber hnliche Instrumente(Konzert-und E-Gitarre,Ziehharmonika,5-Seitiges Banjo und mehrere Kleininstrumente.Dudelsack aus Schotland liegt nur auf dem Schrank,Sitar aus Indien wartet im Eck,bis ich Zeit habe das Sitarspiel zu verstehen und lernen.)Also,nochmals vielen Dank!

Karel Votanek

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Susie
11/09/13 12:32:52PM @susie:

Hey Mark, do you still have your Doug Berch dulcimer? I'm going to be ordering a custom dulcimer from him. He and his wife are long-time friends of mine from Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI. His dulcimers are beautiful (as is his playing).


Jim Damico
10/11/13 01:17:17PM @jim-bagsh:

Thanks for the friend request Mark. I've been watching your videos all morning. Amazing. Maybe some day I'll have 1% of your talent. Looking forward to seeing more of your playing in the future. :)


Carlos Eduardo Fermoseli Simas
05/17/13 12:50:26AM @carlos-eduardo-fermoseli-simas:

Hello Mark ! Very nice your arrangements, repertory and vdeos. Very good !113.gif


Alaska Pfeiff
04/02/13 03:39:22PM @alaska-pfeiff:

HI Mark,

Thanks for watching the video. Your playing is really quite accomplished--I see from your website that have been able to make a profession of it! How nice.

I AM interested in the possibility of lessons, but for the moment I am going to explore some online resources. I am heading into the Alaskan summer, during which time I am so busy that I won't be able to focus much on my new instrument. However, come next fall, I may be more interested!


Susie
11/19/12 02:39:43PM @susie:

Mark, I'm not sure if you read what I put on the "Little Dulcimers" page, so, I'll thank you here, just in case. I had asked you some questions about getting a travel dulcimer, specifically about Ron Ewing's. You gave me alot of great advice and things to think about. In the end, I evaluated my personal "wants" in a travel dulcimer, and decided to go with Mike Clemmer's TN Sweetie, Church model. I wanted to stay in the key of D and didn't want to go overly small (octave dulcimer). I liked the reviews that Mike's Sweetie (Church) got with the deeper body. After talking to Connie on the phone, I decided to go ahead and order one. So, it will have a sassafras top and a walnut body. I think it will be everything I'm looking for and I am really excited to get it. I know Ron's dulcimers are top notch and I appreciate all your advice. I think you'll agree that there are several great choices out there. Thanks for your help and posting great video's to watch.


Helen Seiler
10/15/12 07:39:23PM @helen-seiler:
Thanks Mark. Your website is great. Once I finish paying for the banjimer I have ordered I will be buying some of your cds. I love the three Jewish tunes on the site. Do u mind me asking what tuning the third one on the list is in? I noticed the capo. Helen