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ENRICH-0672 – Music Zoom: Historic Music of the American West (ENRICH-0672_HMAW)

Songs of the Cowboy and Music of the American West

As the American West opened to settlement in the 1800s, diverse groups of colonists, immigrants, formerly enslaved people and Indigenous peoples populated the vast frontier. Each group came with its own culture and heritage that blended into the culture we now think of as the American West. Among the groups were cowboys—those who entered Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado to round up and drive cattle to railroad stations where they were sent to meat-packing plants. “From their unique occupation and diverse backgrounds emerged a culture unto itself,” says award-winning musician Martin Gilmore. “Songs, poems, stories and other campfire activities birthed a unique genre of American entertainment, and their attire came to define the region.” Join Gilmore as he explores the music of American cowboys, where the songs came from, who the people were and the influence that this music had on American culture. From English and Irish ballads to German and Spanish influences, mixed with Black spirituals and Indigenous music, the songs of the cowboys represent the triumph and struggles of the West and the complicated history surrounding it. Finally, examine the music on the frontier in the 1800s and trace its evolution to the commercial cowboy music in the 20th century embodied by Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gene Autry and others.

Four Zoom sessions
Wed., Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 2022, 7-9 pm MT

Martin Gilmore teaches folk and bluegrass music at the University of Northern Colorado and at Swallow Hill Music Association. He is the singer and guitarist in the award-winning bluegrass band Long Road Home and has toured the globe as a solo performer.
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Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 25Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $140


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Wednesday12th October 20222nd November 202207:00PM - 09:00PMN/AMartin Gilmore