Gayle Skidmore, Great Wilderness
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
A born songwriter, Gayle Skidmore has written over 1700 songs since she began songwriting at the age of 8. Rather than choosing her calling, Skidmore's natural ability and innate passion for music made her music career unavoidable. She continually processes her adventures, experiences, thoughts and emotions through this malleable medium, writing, playing and singing from the depths of her soul. It is evident from her heartfelt, unguarded performances that Skidmore's goal is excellence in artistry and expression, and that she truly understands the ultimate purpose of music.
Classically trained on the piano from the age of 4, Gayle Skidmore also plays at least 20 other instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, the banjo and the balalaika. Her attention to detail and involvement in every step of the creative process, from producing her records to doing the artwork for her albums, show that she is completely dedicated to her craft. In late 2010, Skidmore released her first full-length album, Make Believe, on her own label, Raincoat Records. Make Believe comes in a coloring book that she illustrated, with a picture and lyrics for each song. This album encompasses themes of hope, despair, disillusionment and love, and includes songs that wrestle with faith in the midst of loss and death. It is profoundly personal, stylistically diverse, and lyrically brilliant. Skidmore's fanciful mode of presentation illustrates her desire to translate the trials of life into something beautiful and to remain hopeful about the future.
Gayle Skidmore's love of whimsy, poetry and magic are evidenced by the sets she creates for her stages, which have included a curtain of origami cranes and a giant octopus holding a teacup. In 2009, Germany's most prominent newspaper, the Seuddeutsche Zeitung, named her "Die Schutzpatronin der Gartenzwerge," the Patron Saint of Garden Dwarves, in an interview promoting her tour, which Skidmore found delightful. She has also toured nationwide in the US, and in the UK, Asia and Europe.
Skidmore finds endless inspiration in the whirlwind of life. She has never experienced writer's block, and she is always experimenting with new formats. When she isn't busy learning a new instrument, singing, painting, or writing lyrics and melodies, she composes parts for her cellist and violinist. She enjoys baking cookies and making origami for her fans.
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