Texas Cowboy Musicians the Gillette Brothers to Perform in Elko


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2009
Darcy Minter, 775.340.4240
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Texas Cowboy Musicians The Gillette Brothers to Perform in Elko July 31
Leather-Tooling Workshops for Youth
and Bones Music Workshops Also Planned

Elko - The Western Folklife Center will present Texas cowboy musicians The Gillette Brothers in concert,Friday, July 31, 2009, at the G Three Bar Theater, 501 Railroad Street, Elko. According to Byran Wolley, "The Gillette Brothers are more than mere performers of music. They know the history of every song and can trace its roots among the ancient sailors and warriors of the British Isles, or lonely Texas drovers, or field hands, or Blues singers, or Gospel shouters or honkey-tonk wailers." Guy and Pipp Gillette are popular performers at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and in the Elko County schools. They play traditional and original cowboy music, and were recipients of the 1998 and 2003 Will Rogers Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Contemporary Cowboy Music. Most recently, the Gillette Brothers have been exploring the Celtic roots, country blues, minstrel and medicine show songs that have influenced cowboy music. They've performed in England, Japan, and throughout the United States. They also have their very own entertainment venue, The Camp St. Cafe & Store in Crockett, Texas, which provides an opportunity for them to share their vast repertoire with the public. Don't miss this evening of cowboy entertainment, including Pipp Gillette's virtuoso bones playing. The Pioneer Saloon opens at 6:00 pm; performance begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $16; $12 for Western Folklife Center members, seniors and students, and are for sale at www.westernfolklife.org, at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, by calling 738-7508 or at the door.

Bones Workshop

Also on July 31, Guy and Pipp will present a free workshop on how to play the bones. The workshop is open to everyone and starts at 3:00 pm, Friday, July 31, in the Pioneer Saloon. Bones will be for sale in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

Leather-Tooling Workshop for Youth

Leather-Tooling for Beginners will take place from 9:00 to 9:45 am; cost is $25 and includes supplies. Children will take home a leather coaster or a key fob.

Leather-Tooling for Intermediate Level Leatherworkers will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm; cost is $65 and includes supplies (bring your own lunch).

Participants will take home a finished belt or a set of spur straps. Both classes are taught by master leatherworkers Andy Stevens and John Wright. Space is limited; if you are interested, please contact the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop at 738-7508 before July 27. These three-day workshops with some of the finest leatherworkers in Elko County coincide with the Western Folklife Center's exhibition Between Grass & Sky: Trappings of a Ranch Life, which features beautiful leatherwork by saddlemakers from throughout the region.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.

Thanks to our supporters! The exhibition, workshops and concert have been made possible with support from the E.L. Wiegand Foundation and Nevada Arts Council and are being held in partnership with the Elko County Cooperative Extension 4-H Office.