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Cabot Arts and Music Festival

Vance Gilbert
Main Stage


Can something be wry, aching, hysterical, evocative, provocative, fun, beautifully sung and consummately played all at once? That would be Vance Gilbert. While he has released 13 albums thus far, Vance truly happens live.

He has made his mark on the folk and acoustic music scenes over the course of a prolific career that extends back to the early ’90s during which he has shared stages worldwide with Aretha Franklin, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, the Milk Carton Kids, George Carlin (150+ shows), Anita Baker, The Subdudes, Paul Reiser and any number of others.

He has also made a prominent presence at some of the world’s most prestigious gatherings, among them the Newport, Winnipeg, Rocky Mountain, Calgary, Ottawa, and Falcon Ridge folk festivals, the Kate Wolf Music Festival, and Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival and Mullum Music Festival.

Over the course of his career, he has carved out a singular niche with songs that have resonated with his fans and drawn in new listeners. His classic compositions — Old White Men, Charlene and Unfamiliar Moon, Goodbye Pluto, and Waiting for Gilligan — are emotive and profound, offering certain truths in ways that make a meaningful impact in the most enduring and evocative ways.

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