June 13, 2011
40th Anniversary Alumni Spotlight: Mark Gilston ’76; Traditional Folk Music Artist Captures Diverse Cultures
Mark Gilston ’76 graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Studies from the Metropolitan Center. He has been a performing traditional folk music artist for more than 30 years. His vast repertoire encompasses songs and instruments from North America and most of Europe, particularly the British Isles, Scandinavia and the Balkans.
Gilston’s performances are laced with humor and a wide base of eclectic knowledge. He is an award-winning mountain dulcimer player, and also plays concertina, guitar, banjo, Bulgarian bagpipes, pennywhistle, ocarina, tambura and other instruments.
Gilston has given concerts at numerous colleges, clubs and coffee houses throughout the U.S. as well as in 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 living and performing in Austin, Tx.
In honor of the college's 40th anniversary year, we will spotlight alumni from across the college, celebrating the range of academic, career and personal paths; geographic locations; modes of learning; and life circumstances and experiences supported by a SUNY Empire State College degree program.