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Live Music - Robert Scott

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Robert Scott is a folk musician rooted in Appalachian, Irish and Scottish folk songs. Born in West Virginia to parents of strong faith and raised wherever the railroad sent them he was steeped in the sounds of old time and hymns popular in rural communities throughout Appalachia and the Ozarks. He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, Irish bouzouki and Appalachian dulcimer. Robert began his musical journey at a young age singing in the church choir and playing trumpet in middle and high school bands. However, music wasn't a serious part of his life until he sat in Kevin Barry's Irish Pub in Savannah, GA where he listened to some Irish blokes singing the songs of their homeland. From that experience Robert was hooked on Irish music and kindled a passion for folk and roots music. Robert draws his influence from Irish folk revivalists such as Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem of The Clancy Brothers fame and Luke Kelly of the Dubliners. And reaching into his own roots, recordings of old timers such as Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs, Clarence Ashley have all been guides for his development. As Jean Ritchie's main accompaniment was the Appalachian Dulcimer, so too has the dulcimer been integral to Robert's identity. Robert has taken his many musical influences and added a healthy dose of the indie folk movement of the 1990's to create his own blended Irish/Americana sound. Robert's performances are lively with a bare, rough-hewn honesty of heart and soul. His unique approach to the songs and music of the mountains and of Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in early America, keep alive the stories for a new generation.