Forever Folk – April 2010

April 20, 2010 by  
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April/May 2010 – Springtime and There’s Music in the Air!

Hank Weisman

It’s April…the Spring has sprung…and the Savannah Folk Music Society will offer the wonderful music that is part of every year’s renewal and rebirth.  Take two wonderful singer/songwriters and put them together and you have magic. You also have Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen – http://www.compassrosemusic.com/gillette (Steve) and http://www.compassrosemusic.com/mangsen (Cindy) have been performing together for 20 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitar, concertina and banjo, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor.

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960’s. His songs 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 most recent 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.

The Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen (left) concert will be Friday, April 16th at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Avenue in Savannah. Thanks, in part, to a grant from the “Grassroots Art Program” and the City of Savannah’s Cultural Affairs Department, tickets will be only $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. This one should not be missed!

Also in April will be a Pot Luck Pickin’ Jam from 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, April 18. This will be at Randy Wood Guitars in Bloomingdale. Grab an instrument, a covered dish and someone who loves music, then come on out to Randy’s for some picking, grinning and eating!

First Friday for Folk Music falls on May 7th and we will have local troubadour Jason Bible (below) and Florida’s Ken Skeens and Leigh Goldsmith (left). Jason is a Texas transplant who frequently appears with the band, The Trainwrecks and his writing and song interpretation shows the influences of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty.

Ken Skeens is a folksinger, guitarist of Appalachian heritage and an award-winning songwriter. His subjects range from the environment to songs about spirituality, social issues, politics, personal development, Americana, heart and home, and philosophy.

Ken won the Will McLean Award for songwriting in 1992.  His three entries finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.  He also placed 1st in the “I Remember Gamble” song contest in 2002.  Ken and Leigh have been singing together since 1993. They sing at various venues and folk festivals around Florida. They are members of FOFF (Friends of Florida Folk) and Ken’s song “Old Florida River” was used as part of a radio program (Appalachiacola Doin’ Time) that won the “Edward R. Murrow Award” for best radio documentary in 2000.

Finally, for all you dancers, there will be Old Time Country Dances on April 17th and May 8th at 8:00 PM at Notre Dame Academy gymnasium, 1709 Bull Street in Savannah. Come dance circles, squares, reels, waltzes and contra dancing for great fun and good exercise, Tickets for the dances are only $8 for general public and $6 for SFMS members and students.  Come and enjoy the fun!

For information about SFMS, call Hank Weisman at 912-786-6953.
Visit: http://www.savannahfolk.org.

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