About Jane Gillman

About Jane Gillman

Jane Gillman is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and workshop leader living in Austin, Texas. Recent projects include a 22-CD collaboration with KinderCare’s Learning Adventures Music Explorers Program as producer, songwriter and musician.

Currently she is writing songs for a new play set in 1920’s Appalachia with New York playwrights David and Sherry Lutken, with support from the People’s Light Theatre in Malvern, PA.

Jane is originally a Marylander, born at the crossroads between the marble front steps of the US Capitol and the misty foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Raised by a writer mother and classical pianist father, she grew up with one ear glued to the pop stations on her transistor radio, the other tuned into the musical traditions in her own community. She inherited her brother’s worn Beatle albums, wore grooves in Bob Dylan’s strummy songs; got her first guitar at 12 and the first of many harmonicas at 14. Every summer she rode the bus downtown to soak up the musical treasures the Smithsonian brought to the steamy lawns that stretched between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial – the Cajun Balfa Brothers; harmonica hero Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee, Jean Ritchie, Bill and Charlie Monroe – a real life encyclopedia of American roots.

While still in high school Jane began performing solo at the Red Fox inn, a club a mile from home. At 17 she moved to Austin to study Folklore and Anthropology at the University of Texas. There she began to perform in bands – including the highly regarded Eaglebone Whistle – and writing songs, forging her own sound. She has since released 7 albums and has toured throughout the world.

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Jane serves on the board for Songs for the Soul, an Austin based non-profit organization dedicated to offering creative writing programs, information and support for nurses. She regularly performs on guitar, octave mandolin and harmonica with Austin duo Hardened and Tempered.

Jane is proud to be endorsed by Hohner.
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