The folk singing duo of Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will be featured in concert Wednesday, April 9, in the fifth of six folk concerts scheduled at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek this winter. Tickets for the 8 pm performance are $15.
Gillette and Mangsen have separate reputations and musical histories, but since their marriage in 1989, they have collaborated, featuring Mangsen’s vocals and Gillette’s songwriting, while backing themselves up on a variety of traditional folk instruments.
Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina or mountain dulcimer, Mangsen’s repertoire ranges from traditional ballads to songs by writers as diverse as Jack Hardy and Nancy White, with a few of her original songs thrown in. She began performing professionally in 1976, and can be heard singing harmony on many albums. She is known for her collaborations, including the most recent Fourtold, a quartet album of story-songs with Gillette, Anne Hills and Michael Smith.
Gillette’s songs have been recorded by a who’s who of the music world, including Garth Brooks, John Denver, Nanci Griffith, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt and Tammy Wynette. Gillette has been performing and recording since 1968, often with such folk luminaries as Buffy Saint Marie and Graham Nash. He is the author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process. Gillette’s film credits include writing and singing for MGM and Walt Disney.
Gillette, who plays the guitar and fiddle, has performed in 31 countries and has also been featured at every major folk festival. He is a director and long time participant of the Kerrville Folk Festival.
For the last 19 years, Gillette and Mangsen have been traveling, performing and recording together. They have released three albums, Live in Concert, The Light of the Day and A Sense of Place.
The concert will be preceded by an optional fixed price dinner at 6 pm. The menu consists of cider glazed baked ham with potato gratin, warmed cinnamon apples, green bean almond sauté, and sweet potato pecan pie tartlets for dessert.
Tickets for the concert, reservations for dinner and information may be obtained by calling the inn at 920.868.3517.