Duo performs at McIntosh Cafe


The husband-and-wife duo Steve Gillettte and Cindy Mangsen will perform at the McIntosh cafe in McIntosh tonight. Gillette is an established songwriter whose work has been recorded by such artists as Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings and John Denver.

Irene Young
Published: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 11:35 p.m.

The Internet, despite its so-called decline, can greatly affect musicians' methods of spreading the word. It has even helped the traditionally word-of-mouth realm of folk music.

Take husband-and-wife duo Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, for example. Even if you know nothing about them, you can visit their site at www.compassrosemusic.com and find a plethora of fun stuff, including sound files, a one-hour concert video recorded at the Kennedy Center, a jokes page and more.

But local folkies don't have to settle for cyber-tainment tonight, as Gillette and Mangsen will perform at the McIntosh Café.

Gillette is an established songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings, Mickey Gilley, Ian & Sylvia, John Denver and even Jiminy Cricket, for criminy's sake!

In fact, his song "Darcy Farrow" has been interpreted by more than 100 artists since 1966, most recently by Jimmy Dale Gilmour and Nanci Griffith.

Gillette even wrote a book on the craft called "Songwriting and the Creative Process." Apparently, the guy knows his stuff.

Gillette also is known as a virtuoso on the guitar, using a unique fingerpicking style with a flat pick and two fingers. His solo recording "Texas and Tennessee" was named one of the top 10 folk albums of 1998 by Tower Records' Pulse Magazine.

He and Mangsen married in 1989. And Mangsen is no slouch herself. She plays guitar, concertina and banjo, and is known for her hauntingly beautiful voice.

She also performs and records with Anne Hills and Priscilla Herdman. "Never Grow Old" and "Never Grow Up," duet albums by Mangsen and Hills, were two of the most significant traditional folk recordings of the 1990s.

Gillette and Mangsen have been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Mountain Stage," and have played across North America and Europe.

Together they've done three albums: "Live in Concert" (1991), "The Light of Day" (named Best Folk Album of 1996 by WFMT and WDET) and "A Sense of Place" (2001).

The McIntosh Café is at 5090 Ave. G. in McIntosh. For directions, call (352) 591-3188.

  • It's CD-release time for at least two Gainesville bands.

    Tonight, it's Hollow Days' turn at Eddie C's, where the hard-rocking group will perform on a bill with local alt-rock faves Soulfound.

    Here's how Hollow Days describes itself on its Web site (www.hollowdays.com):

    "Instead of trying to follow the trends of the moment, the guys in Hollow Days do what they know best: straight up solid hard rock, inspired and influenced by bands like The Doors, Black Sabbath, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns N' Roses."

    Sounds like pretty decent credentials to me.

    Seriously, I've seen this band, and I wasn't disappointed.

    Hollow Days features Nick Estes on lead vocals, Joe Herchel on guitar, Jeremy Luallen on bass, vocals and keyboard, and Luke Pidgeon pounding away on the drums.

    Oh, by the way - today is Herchel's birthday, so buy him a drink, why don'tcha?

    Saturday night at Common Grounds, The Remedies will be doing a mod-rock celebration of the release of the group's five-song EP disc.

    For several months now, frontman Mike Cecchini has been telling folks the band is moving to New York. It hasn't happened yet, but you might want to see this power trio while you've still got the chance.

    Fans of '70s and '80s mod revivalism - specifically The Jam - will appreciate The Remedies. Singer-guitarist Cecchini, bassist Gary Brumett and drummer Chad Voight put their all into every song.

    Joining The Remedies will be Robotix and Broken Sound.

    Common Grounds is at 919 W. University Ave.

    If you really miss the '80s, head down to the Shamrock Saturday night, where the mysteriously named Edward the Bear will dish out some moody Europop-influenced originals - think Joy Division if the group was from Gainesville - along with Loyal Frisby, a local original outfit that often gets compared to The Pixies and R.E.M. The Shamrock's address is 1017 W. University Ave.

    Don't forget, Sunday is the monthly blues jam over at Market Street Pub. What makes this one special is it's the jam's one-year anniversary.

    "In honor of the one-year anniversary, we're having One Flight Up from Ocala in as the host band," says organizer Bill Barnard. "They kicked things off for us last year, so we thought it fitting we have them back for the anniversary jam."

    Hey, bands and musicians: Don't forget to keep sending me your CDs, photos, press kits and whatever. Send it all in care of Douglas Jordan, Gainesville Sun Scene Magazine, P.O. Box 147147, Gainesville, FL 32614-7147. (Love letters also gladly accepted, ladies.) And make sure to e-mail me about your upcoming shows.

    Well, that's it for now. Rock on.

    Contact Douglas Jordan at douwiljor@yahoo.com

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