|Lisa Gutkin (New York) — fiddler/composer. Her varied musical palette has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists both in the United States and Europe, the founding with Greg Anderson of the 'Downtown Celtic' group, Whirligig, and most recently to her joining The Klezmatics.
For many years prior to joining the Klezmatic, Lisa focused mostly on traditional Irish and Scottish music, playing and recording with some of the best musicians on either side of the Atlantic: Tommy Sands, John Whelan, Jerry O'Sullivan, Steve Cooney, Cathie Ryan, and Ed Miller, as well as with Steeleye Span's Peter Knight and Tim Harries.
Having dozens of composing and hundreds of recording credits for Capitol, MCA, EMI, Virgin, Narada, Rounder, and many other record companies, as well as for film, commercial radio and television, theater, dance, and poetry, some of Lisa's recent compositions can be heard on episodes of the final season of HBO's Sex & The City and her cameo on-screen appearance on the show (with The Klezmatics) is currently being viewed worldwide.
Most recently The Klezmatics collaborated with the heirs of Woody Guthrie to produce: Holy Ground: The Jewish Songs of Woody Guthrie, which debuted in New York on December 20, 2003. Of the program, which included "Gonna Get Through This World," (words by Woody Guthrie, music by Lisa Gutkin) that Susan McKeown sang, Jon Parales of the New York Times said "not bound by any genre... Guthrie's voice came through."