Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

May 2013


  • An evening with Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen at the Nacul Center on May 4

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen will give concert on May 4

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society is proud to announce a special event An Evening with Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen.

The concert will take place on Saturday, May 4, 7:00 p.m., at the Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MA (see map).

Proceeds will support the operation of the series of Song & Story Swaps held at the Nacul Center on the first Saturday of each month, except July and August.

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen will appear in concert at the Nacul Centner in Amherst on May 4

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing together for over 20 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their five duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.

Described as "one of the best songwriters in the folk idiom" by Sing Out Magazine, Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. His compositions have been covered by Ian and Sylvia, John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, and many others. But Steve's own versions are some of the best, with his warm baritone voice and his unique finger-picking guitar style (using a flat-pick and two fingers). Steve has many solo and duo (with Cindy Mangsen) recordings available. His solo album, Texas and Tennessee, was named one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of the Year by Tower Records. Steve has conducted songwriting workshops all over the US and Canada, and is on the Board of Directors of the Kerrville Folk Festival. He is author of the book Songwriting and the Creative Process, a standard text in songwriting groups.

Cindy Mangsen is "one of the finest singers in American folk music" (Come for to Sing). Accompanying herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer, Cindy is known for her compelling interpretations of traditional ballads, as well as for her own writing and her wonderful ear for harmony. She has recorded several solo albums (Songs of Experience received the Editor's Choice Award from Crossroads), as well as collaborations with Steve Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and Michael Smith. Her latest solo album, Cat Tales, is devoted to "songs of the feline persuasion." Cindy has led singing and ballad workshops at the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia and The Woods in Ontario, Canada.

Admission for the concert is $18 ($15 for seniors and children under 13).

Advance tickets may be purchased at Food For Thought Books, 106 N. Pleasant
St., Amherst, MA or at the World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield, MA.

Find additional information about Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen at   

For information about the concert contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-687-5002 or visit

Note. If you would prefer to receive this monthly newsletter as plain text (no photos or formatting, but requires less space), please click on the link below:

Please send as plain text, not HTML.

If you would like to be removed from the mailing list click on the link below:

Please remove me.

Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, Amherst, Mass.
Web site -
Newsletter archives -
Email -
Discussion forum and announcements -
Director/Host: Paul Kaplan
Webmaster: Jeff Lee
April 29, 2013