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Troubadour Gideon Irving on Stove Top Folk Music

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What does it mean to be a 21st century troubadour? Join us as musician Gideon Irving talks about stove top folk music.

Gideon Irving is a native New Yorker bringing his folk shows to homes across the US and beyond. 

He weaves his banjo, bouzouki, shruti box, mbira, jews harps, electronics, harmonium ocean harp and other gizmos into an eclectic song-story hybrid during his live performances. Since returning from his "Way Over There Tour" in New Zealand where he played in 80 homes across the south and north islands for over 4 months, traveling by bicycle with instruments towing in a trailer behind, he has toured across the US 7 times by Subaru. In October of 2012 he launched his "Staying Put Tour" traveling home to home through NYC on roller blades while pushing a modified shopping cart with all his gear.

In 2015 he toured Living Here, a map of songs, in collaboration with The Foundry Theater through homes in NYC. He has brought his solo shows and his two man show, The Gideon and Hubcap Show, to over 400 homes. This summer he will bring his two man show to Edinburgh Fringe for a 3 week run at The Underbelly followed by three months of solo touring through homes in Germany, England, Scotland and Ireland. He premieres his new kids home show with partner Hubcap in spring of 2016.

Gideon has been writing songs since he was a tiny tot, but started playing banjo in 2007 when he moved to Asheville, North Carolina to study with Banjoist and potter Akira Satake. He started playing old time and bluegrass, but was soon writing his own songs influenced by West African Griot music, Tuvan throat singing, Garage Folk, Darkside, Julia Read, Yukon Grody, Nohow On, You Won't, Pastries, Traditional Irish, Broadway show tunes and friends. See his kickstarter campaign.