Gillian Welch

Gillian Welch



Gillian Howard Welch (/ˈɡɪliən ˈwɛl/; born October 2, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of appalachian music, bluegrass, country and americana, is described by The New Yorker as "at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms".[1]

Welch and Rawlings have released five critically acclaimed albums under the name Gillian Welch and two under the name Dave Rawlings Machine. Their 1996 debut, Revival, and the 2001 release Time (The Revelator), received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Their 2003 album, Soul Journey, introduced electric guitar, drums and a more upbeat sound to their body of work. After a gap of eight years, they released their fifth studio album, The Harrow & The Harvest, in 2011, which was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Welch was associate producer and performed on two songs of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, a platinum album that won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2002. Welch has collaborated and recorded with distinguished musicians such as Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar, Emmylou Harris, the Decemberists, and Ani DiFranco.



Down from the Mountain
Down from the Mountain is a 2000 documentary and concert film featuring a live performance by country and traditional music artists who participated in the Grammy-winning soundtrack recording for the Joel and Ethan Coen film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Time (The Revelator) is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.
The Harrow & The Harvest
The Harrow & The Harvest is a 2011 album released by American musician Gillian Welch.
Soul Journey
Soul Journey is the fourth studio album by Gillian Welch.

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Soundtrack Film Appearances1

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Personal & Professional Relationships1

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Gillian Welch, Turnpike Troubadours, Josh Ritter to headline 2018 Fayetteville Roots Festival
  –  January 16, 2018
and will feature over 10 stages of live music, locally-grown food, local, regional, and nationally-known chefs, and more. The video reveals a letter-press poster with the initial lineup for this year’s event, to be headlined by Gillian Welch, Turnpike ...
David Byrne, The Avett Brothers and Every New Denver Concert Announcement
  –  January 18, 2018
Aug. 22, 8 p.m., $46.75-$86.50. Punch Brothers and Gillian Welch: Mon., Sept. 17, 7 p.m., $46.50-$79.95. The String Cheese Incident: Fri., July 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., July 21, 7 p.m.; Sun., July 22, 5 p.m., $49.95-$85.
Kaia Kater: A unique voice on the Canadian folk circuit
  –  January 17, 2018
“Gillian Welch said this perfectly, how you’ve got a murder ballad where you get a warning in the first verse, and then the guy drags his girlfriend down to the river and drowns her, and then a farmer finds her bones and makes a fiddle out of them and ...
7 buzzworthy concerts coming to Charlotte in the next week
  –  January 17, 2018
Friday 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $28-$33. Rawlings and partner Gillian Welch were just here in August, but this time they bring the full band for a lively set of material from “Poor David’s Almanack ...
The Daily Scene: Jan. 17
  –  January 17, 2018
When: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Where: 300 Cherokee Blvd. There’s simply not a better way to spend a Wednesday evening than at a show by Americana artists Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Whether it’s a David Rawlings Machine performance or just Gillian Welch ...
David Rawlings
  –  January 17, 2018
Usually, David Rawlings sidesteps the spotlight, allowing it to shine on longtime collaborator Gillian Welch. His recent album Poor David's Almanack finds him working in unison once again with Welch and other members of the David Rawlings Machine.
Elliott Peck, Grahame Lesh & Others Perform Gillian Welch’s ‘Revival’ At Terrapin Crossroads
  –  January 16, 2018
Jan 15, 2018 1:58 pm PST By Andy Kahn The rest of the show saw further selections from the Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings catalog and beyond, as Peck, Lesh and George offered acapella versions of “Don’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” and “Down to ...
Gillian Welch, Turnpike Troubadours, Josh Ritter to headline 2018 Fayetteville Roots Festival
  –  January 16, 2018
One of the most anticipated weekends of the year in Fayetteville just announced its soundtrack. Fayetteville Roots Festival organizers on Tuesday announced the lineup for their 2018 event via a video post on their Facebook page earlier today. This year’s ...
Award Winning String Band TWISTED To Play Brooklyn's Union Hall Today
  –  January 13, 2018
The group rose fast in Boston, in the urban incubator of conservatories and Back Bay venues that produced label roster-mates Lake Street Dive and Crooked Still, plus Sarah Jarosz, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Esperanza Spalding, and Annie Clark (St ...
Watch Robyn Hitchcock Transmogrify Into A One-Eyed Cat In Video for “Autumn Sunglasses,” Featuring Gillian Welch
  –  January 12, 2018
Robyn Hitchcock, English art school alum and son of a novelist, has never been much of a literalist. For the most part, his songs are deeply imagistic affairs, little humorous snapshots of the sometimes absurd that snake their way through verses and ...
Sara Copeland, NKC's community development director, declares herself excited about Armour Road in The Pitch's Questionnaire
  –  January 11, 2018
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team “My dream concert lineup is ...” Kathleen Edwards, Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. In my living room, so I can sing along up close. What’s your hidden talent? I’m a pretty good handbell ...
Toronto musicians to watch in 2018: singer/songwriter edition
  –  January 10, 2018
Inspired by his Ojibway heritage and songwriters like Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams, his upcoming Danny Wolfe EP (out February 2 and currently streaming on his website) tells stories from three different Indigenous perspectives, including that of ...
Holler and Ketchum kick off 2018 "Women &" series with Grateful Dead tribute
  –  January 10, 2018
The series will carry on throughout 2018 with “Women & …” tributes to Tom Petty in March, The Beatles in September and a little switch-a-roo in November with “Guys & Gillian: A Tribute to Gillian Welch,” currently scheduled to feature John ...
Gillian Welch joins Dave Rawlings Machine for Tivoli Theatre show
  –  January 10, 2018
Songwriting is hardly a science, most artists will tell you. Sometimes the songs seem to fall out of the sky or appear like a gift from some unseen deity. Other times, they can take weeks, months or years to grow from kernel of an idea or a word or a ...
Kicking off the week at The Black Sheep
  –  January 10, 2018
By 10 p.m., the crowd had doubled in size, and The Old Contemporaries broke out a few well-known covers by artists such as Dock Boggs, Gillian Welch, Doc Watson and Daniel Romano, before moving on to “Old Stone Hearth,” an original tune. This was ...
Everything We Know About I’m With Her’s Debut Album, ‘See You Around’
  –  January 10, 2018
The album's second single is "Game to Lose." In addition to the Gillian Welch-penned "Hundred Miles," the songs on See You Around are 11 original tunes written by the band. Watkins, Jarosz and O'Donovan began writing together after an impromptu show ...
Playlist: Nora Jane Struthers shares her favorite songs of strength
  –  January 5, 2018
I love the imagery, and the optimism and persistence in the face of adversity, Gillian Welch gives us in this song. Feeling angry about politics? Yeah. So am I, and so is Jason Isbell. This reminds me: Do as Michelle Obama would, “When they go low, ...
Jukebox: List time: I hate it; I love it!
  –  January 4, 2018
at Caffe Lena — Rhiannon Giddens at The Egg (maybe the most-listed show all year), David Rawlings and Gillian Welch at The Egg, the Selwyn Birchwood Band (best performer name here all year!) at the Pearl Street Pub, the Suitcase Junket at WAMC’s the ...
Let's Invent a New Genre of Christmas Music
  –  December 25, 2017
So we propose something new, something that can include Gucci Mane, The Germs, and Gillian Welch. We suggest Neo-Christmas music. You’re probably pretty close to exhausting your supply of good Christmas music. By now you’ll have played and replayed the ...
2017 Was a Strong Year for Americana Albums
  –  December 22, 2017
6. David Rawlings, Poor David’s Almanack (Acony Records) With the help of his longtime partner Gillian Welch, David Rawlings finally comes into his own as a solo artist on Poor David’s Almanack. Combining his nimble fingerpicking skills with his and ...


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