Music serves as the common thread that binds all of Gypsy Cowbelle’s life experiences. A professional performing artist for 13 years, Gypsy learned through the folk processes of oral transmission and example, rather than through formal or academic means. Her teachers ranged from street musicians in New Orleans to finger-picking wizards in the Appalachian Mountains and from old-time banjo frailers in the Pacific Northwest to cowboys and homesteaders in the Wyoming mountains. The result is her signature “Genuine Cowbilly” music. Her musical family with a love of classic country planted the seed for Gypsy’s style, which was further cultivated by traveling America and caretaking a remote ranch with no modern amenities for fourteen years. This lifestyle inspired her to design and build her own plank banjos and to lead jamborees with other latent musicians playing a variety of homespun instruments. Immersion in western lore and a lifelong interest in bygone days created the historical component of her repertoire while travel added the cultural element of her performances.
For twenty years, Gypsy worked hard to develop her musical expression though diverse performances and compositions. Through song, she shares American history and culture nationwide with audiences of all ages. Her interactive workshops help others create their own instruments and music. She enjoys teaching traditional folk, country and cowboy tunes to the next generation. Using music as a platform, Gypsy aspires to unite audiences, reveal history, evoke creative thought, promote musical expression, celebrate universal themes and depict characters found along a road less travelled. Most important, she strives to remain “Nothing Fancy but Guaranteed Authentic!”