Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen CDs
Latest duet album:
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-14, 2013):
We admit it. We are huge fans of Lou & Peter Berryman and their songs. Over the years, we've recorded several, and now we've bowed to our better natures and recorded a whole album of their wonderful, wicked, insightful, and zany works.
With: Peter Davis (tenor banjo, clarinet, saxophone), John Kirk (fiddle and viola), Nathaniel Parke (cello), Scott Petito (bass), Pete Sutherland (piano and fiddle), Jennifer Weeks (oboe), Jack Williams (guitar)
It's Better Than That,
Your State's Name Here,
Do You Believe In Me,
Mr & Mrs Noah,
An Hour Away,
Talking at the Same Time,
Walking With Roget,
A Chat With Your Mom,
Whose Is Yours?,
Ralph to Rose,
Now Everything Does,
Click on the CD title (above) for lyrics and clips for all the songs.
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-13, 2012):
A stellar new duet album, just released in January 2012! An eclectic mix of old favorites and new songs ranging from Child ballads to classic rags to new original songs, with the help of some of our favorite players: Peter Davis, Will Patton, Scott Petito, Pete
Sutherland, Jennifer Weeks, and Jack Williams. The songs:
Sur la Route de Dijon
The Two Sisters
Manoment Waltz/The Mathematician
Home By Dark
Read a great review by Mike Regenstreif:
Home by Dark Review.
Listen to clips from Home By Dark
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-11): The 2006 duet album of a dozen new songs. "Great singers, innovative songs, gorgeous arrangements, and expert playing" (Sing Out Magazine). Includes songs from many of our heros, new ones of our own, and help from Nat Parke, Pete Sutherland, Scott Petito, Jennifer Weeks and Jack Williams. The songs:
The Road Through the Woods
Concertina Garden Medley
The Kid With the Comic Book
Odd Man Out
J'Entends le Moulin / 2-Step d'Armand
The Vermont Waltz
Listen to clips from Being There
(Redwing Music, RWM-5409):
CD is low stock and out of print. Get the CD while you can, or download the MP3 album.
This album is as close as we could come
to a musical synesthetic of our life in
Vermont. Steve sings and plays rhythm guitar,
lead guitar, high-string and feet, Cindy
sings and plays guitars, accordion, English
concertina, mountain dulcimer, Mark Schatz:
bass, Scott Petito: bass on "Traveler", Pete
Sutherland: fiddle, piano, Jennifer Weeks:
oboe, and Jack Williams: guitar on "Long,
Tide and the River Rising (Cindy Kallet) Sunrise (Cindy Mangsen) Reel Beatrice (Traditional) Eclipse (Jack Hardy) Traveler (Cindy Mangsen) Margery Grey (Steve Gillette) Buddy & Carol's Waltz (Steve Gillette, Brian Cutean, Donna Henschell, Kelly Mulhollan) Où Vas-tu, Mon Petit Garçon? / Point au Pic (Traditional) The Architecture Song (John Ims) Shenandoah Falls / Cincinnati Rag (Traditional) When the First Leaves Fall (Steve Gillette) Long, Long Trail (Zo Elliott & Stoddard King)
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-7): Stunning original and traditional songs and tunes, highlighted by their tribute to Gamble Rogers (Song for Gamble). With help from Don Baldini, Peter Davis, Karen Donnelly, Anne Hills, Kerry Ryer-Parke, Mark Schatz, David Surette, Pete Sutherland, Jennifer Weeks and George Wilson.
1800 and Froze to Death, Johnny Appleseed, Dark of the Moon, The Restless Wind, The Bonny Light Horseman, Far Away / The Coast of France, En Montant la Riviere, Get Up and Bar the Door, The Unicorn, Swede-Finn Medley (Horgalaten / Varpunen), Right Says Fred, Hole In My Shoe, Song for Gamble.
Listen to clips from this CD
Live in Concert
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-2, 1991): This is Steve & Cindy's only live album, and it is magnificent. It includes many of Steve's most well known songs, recorded by artists like John Denver, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers and many others. Although there are no Cindy original songs, she contributes exquisite interpretations of several traditional songs, as only she can. The album is rounded out by a few well chosen covers.
recorded live at The Ark in Ann Arbor
this CD contains an hour of music (19
The River (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) Going Away (Bruce 'Utah' Phillips) Grapes on the Vine (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) Their Brains Were Small and They Died (Mark Graham) Glass Houses (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten) Darcy Farrow (Steve Gillette & Tom Campbell) When I Was In My Prime (Traditional) Corinna (Traditonal, arranged by Bruce Langhorne) Annachie Gordon (Traditional, Child Ballad #239) The Old Trail (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) Heartland (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) La Guitarra (Federico Garcia Lorca, adapted by Steve Gillette) Off To Find a Treasure / Keep Your Hopes Up High (Steve Gillette) The Frozen Logger (James Stephens) Crying Don't Even Come Close (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) Jay Gould's Daughter (Traditional) Ring Around the Moon (Greg Brown) Bed Of Roses (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) Steve Gillette CDs
(Compass Rose Music): (Compass Rose Music, CRM-12, 2010)
Midway between Huckleberry Finn and Holden
Caulfield, Danny Murrow confronts coming of
age in the early days of the jazz era. From
battered street-waif to celebrated guitar
savant our hero endures and abides in "The
Man," newly released by Steve Gillette and
Compass Rose Music.
Assisted by a miraculous aggregation of
masterful musicians on some newly-roasted
chestnuts and a handful of inspired
originals, the CD draws from the realms of
roots-jazz, folk, and blues; romance and
boogie woogie in a time of prohibition. The songs:
Conversion on 13th Avenue, St. Louis Blues/Ja-da, Cordovan Boogie, Johnny & Betty, Sunday, Sweet Lorraine/Ain't Misbehavin', Your Feet's Too Big, Old Jim Crow, Whispering, Basie's Boogie, There's a Cradle in Caroline, Creole Belle Medley, The Man Who Loves a Train, Brother Can you Spare a Dime?, Good Old Wagon, St. James Infirmary Blues, Let the Rain Decide, God is Love, Wade in the Water, On the Sunny Side of the Street.
Listen to clips
Visit the web site
(Redwing Music, RWM-5404): They say that if
you've lived in two places, you know more
about both of them. There are songs that have
dual citizenship too. I spent about ten years
on a journey that was all about that kind of
Texas & Tennessee is an
ambitious concept album with help from many
talented friends; Larry Atamaniuk, Rey
Castillo, Charles Cochran, Richard Curiel,
Jeff Gillette, Mark Graham, Wayne Hartel,
Anne Hills, Orville Johnson, Cindy Mangsen,
Mike Williams, Steve Richards, Mark Schatz,
Roger Spencer, Pete Sutherland, and Pete
Wasner. The songs: Here's To the Rocky Road, Cornstalk Pony, Ghost Rider's Medley, Railroad Written All Over Him, Two Ten Train, , Two Men In the Building Lorena, No Pronuncias Mi Nombre, The Windows of Heaven, One Door, The Eye of the Hurricane, The West Texas Wind, If You're Ever In Texas.
The Ways of the World
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-4): An album of
twelve of Steve's best original songs,
produced in Nashville by Jim Rooney and
featuring Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mark Schatz
(bass), Roy Huskey, Jr. (bass), Mark Howard
(guitar), Kenny Malone (percussion) and Cindy
Mangsen (harmony vocals).
No fewer than five of these songs —
(That Song About) The River, Grapes on the Vine, Bed of Roses, Healing Hands and The Old Trail — have been recorded by artists including Waylon Jennings, Kenny Rogers, Don Williams, The Kingston Trio, Bobby Vinton and many others. Use the button below to see all the songs and to play clips.
The River (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) Grapes on the Vine (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) Bed of Roses (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) Heartland (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) Healing Hands (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) Share Me With Texas (Steve Gillette) La Guitarra (Adapted by Steve Gillette from the poem by Federico Garcia Lorca) The Old Trail (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) A Little Bit of Solitude (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto) The Ways of the World (Steve Gillette & Rex Benson) So Close (Steve Gillette) Always a Train in My Dreams (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto)
A Little Warmth
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-9): Produced by
Graham Nash in 1976 this album is wonderfully
remastered and now available as a CD. The
new version contains two songs not included on
the original LP. A sparkling example of the
folk-rock era's infatuation with the
Nashville tradition. Featured performers include
David Lindley, Johnny Barbata, Pete Sears, Chris
Ethridge, Graham Nash, Hank DeVito and
others too numerous to mention. Includes the
Lost the Good Thing We Had
duet with Jennifer Warnes.
Sweet Melinda, A Little Warmth, Lost the Good Thing We
Had, Babe, Oh Babe, You'll Never Be the Same,
Holdin' On to Nothing, The Arms of Mary, Ships That Pass In
the Night, She's Not You, Three Lines, I Believed In
You, To Be Good Friends.
Cindy Mangsen CDs
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-10):
Cindy's "All Cat Songs" CD. Music for the cat lover in you: ten wonderful songs about cats!
Besides Cindy's own most requested, "Rudy's Big Adventure," based on the true story of the cat who got his head stuck in the garbage disposal and lived to bask in fame and glory, there are songs from Cheryl Wheeler, Buddy Mondlock, Les Barker, Nancy White, Grant Livingston, The Berrymans and others. No cats were injured in the production of this fine recording, a musical treat for all cat lovers.
Meow, Open That Can, The Cats of the Coliseum, Rudy's Big Adventure, The Familiar, Our Cats, Guide Cats for the Blind, My Pretty Kitty, Le Chat Gris, and The Dog of Time.
Listen to clips from Cat Tales
Songs of Experience
(Redwing Music, RWM-5403): These are songs of
experience. Most of them are old songs,
shaped by various singers and times. They
open a door between past and present. Most of
the songs tell stories, some with all the
details, some with just a glance. I don't
sing them because they are old, but because
they speak to me, as they must have to the
singers who brought them this far. I sing
them because they connect me to the long line
of human beings who sing, for so many
With help from a few special friends, Steve
Gillette, Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills, and
Wedding Dress, October Roses, The Snow Is On the Ground, The Haunted Hunter, She Perished in the Snow, Dessus le Pont de Londres, The Cruel Mother, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, Clerk Saunders, I Hela Naturen / Gus's Waltz, Shallow Brown.
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-5): Released in December 1992 and selected as one of the year's Top Ten folk albums by the Boston Globe, Cindy's solo album was produced by Pete Sutherland and features backup by Steve Gillette (guitar & vocals), Priscilla Herdman & Anne Hills (vocals), Chris Layer (bassoon), Abby Newton (cello), and Jennifer Weeks (oboe).
The Wren, A Smuggler's Song, Mr. Fox, The Presence, Black Diamonds, Where the Light Comes From, Daughters of Feminists, Sundown, Sweet William's Ghost, Chant du Foulon, Northlight / Requiem, Songlines.
MP3 Song Downloads
The Song of Imaginary Gifts (Geoff Bartley)
A new recording by Cindy. She describes the song as a great birthday gift for anyone.
Cindy with Anne Hills & Priscilla Herdman CDs
Voices of Winter / Herdman Hills Mangsen Available again!
(Gadfly 235, 1997): Taken from live multi-track
recordings of Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills
and Cindy Mangsen's "Voices of Winter" concert
tour. Priscilla Herdman: vocals, guitar, drum,
wooden spoons, Anne Hills: vocals, guitar,
banjo, Cindy Mangsen: vocals, guitar,
Wintergrace, Snow In The Street, Raise The Dead of Wintertime, Witch Hazel, Serving Girl's Holiday, Hanerot Halalu, A'Rovin' On A Winter's Night, Joy Health Love & Peace, The Wren, Unto You This Night (A Child is Born), Frozen Logger, Proper Cup Of Coffee, Voices Of Winter, Red And Green, Hot Buttered Rum, Mister Santa, Chickadee, More Wood, Lo How A Rose E're Blooming
(Hand & Heart Music, HHM-2000):
The trio's third album, a celebration of the cycle of the seasons. Priscilla Herdman: vocals, guitar, wooden spoons; Anne Hills: vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica; Cindy Mangsen: vocals, guitar, concertina, accordion. With Peter Davis, Steve Gillette, Brian Melick, Larry Packer, Scott Petito, and Jennifer Weeks.
At the Turning of the Year, Candlemas Eve, The Winter It Is Past, Forget-Me-Not, Swinton May Song, Goodbye to the Roses, Away Ye Merry Lassies, Uncle Dave's Grace, Solstice Round, The Snow, The Druggist, Corn Water and Wood, Years, Winter's Come and Gone . Steve Gillette, Cindy Mangsen, Anne Hills, & Michael Smith CDs
Fourtold / Gillette, Mangsen, Hills, & Smith Available again from this store!
(Appleseed Recordings, APR CD 1071): An album of old and new story-songs, sung in full harmony. A true labor of love from four friends. This is the kind of album we might have heard coming out of the dormitory window when we were in college.
Four Rode By, Molly and Tenbrooks, Pendle Hill, Joshua Gone Barbados, Panther in Michigan, Darcy Farrow, Ballad of Springhill, Aramalee, Nine Little Goblins, Two Men in the Building, I Drew My Ship, Run Come See Jerusalem.
Books, Sheet Music & Instruction Books
(Sing Out Press): In this 200-page
there are many valuable insights on the
of songwriting. Steve has written detailed
chapters on music theory, melody, harmony,
rhythm, song critique, poetic principles,
alliteration, titles, hooks,
creativity, writer's block, left brain and
right brain, social issues, publishing,
surviving in the music industry.
Also included are articles and interviews
with Graham Nash, Tom Paxton, Len
Fred Koller, Butch Hancock, Mary McCaslin,
Michael Smith, Lou & Peter Berryman, Bob
Franke, Nancy White and many others.
her introduction to the book, Judy Collins
wrote, "Use what you learn from this great
book, you will get better as a songwriter:
you can't fail!"
Steve Gillette Songbook
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-3): Songs written
Steve Gillette alone or in collaboration.
Words and sheet music for 46 of Steve's
known songs with guitar chords, tunings,
some poetry. 100 pages. Note: we are beginning to offer sheet music for individual songs as PDF downloads. See
Full song listing:
Always a Train In
My Dreams, Back On the Street Again, Bed
of Roses, Buddy & Carol's Waltz,
Cornstalk Pony, Cryin' Don't Even Come
Close, Darcy Farrow, The Erl King, The
Eye of the Hurricane, Glass Houses,
Grapes On the Vine, La Guitarra, Happy
Hour, Healing Hands, Heartland, Here's
To the Rocky Road, If You're Ever In
Texas, Johnny Appleseed, A Little Bit of
Solitude, Lost the Good Thing We Had,
Margery Grey, Mister O'Reilly, Molly and
Tenbrooks, My Vermont, The Old Trail,
One Door, Railroad Written All Over Him,
The Restless Wind, (That Song About) The
River, Runnin' Out of Sunlight, Share Me
With Texas, She's Not You, So Close, So
Far Apart, Song for Gamble, Songs of the
Season, Sweet Melinda, The Test of Time, Two Men In the Building, The Unicorn,
Unto You This Night, The Ways of the
World, The West Texas Wind, What She
Don't Know, When the First Leaves Fall,
The Windows of Heaven Downloadable Sheet Music
Darcy Farrow (Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell)
Sheet music: treble clef, chords, and lyrics, plus tablature for guitar instrumental. Page 2, the tab, must be printed landscape.
When the First Leaves Fall (Steve Gillette)
Sheet music: treble clef, chords, and lyrics.
Home by Dark (Steve Gillette)
Sheet music: treble clef, chords, and lyrics.
Not in print songbook.
Mr. O'Reilly (Steve Gillette)
Sheet music: treble clef, chords, and lyrics.
Buddy & Carol's Waltz (Steve Gillette, Brian Cutean, Donna Henschell, Kelly Mulhollan)
Sheet music: treble clef and chords. An instrumental written for their friends' wedding.
Rudy's Big Adventure (Cindy Mangsen)
Sheet music: treble clef, chords, and lyrics.
How to Play the Guitar Like I Do / Steve Gillette
(Compass Rose Music, CRM-6): A one-hour
lesson teaching how to play guitar. The CD
covers the elements of fingerstyle
(fingerpicking) guitar technique and walks
you through how to play, from the most
guitar sequences to the most complicated,
easily understood stages. Also includes a
link to additional online information,
currently featuring the tablature (tab)
the guitar solo in Darcy Farrow.
of Darcy Farrow are found on
Tracks: (download sample lessons)
Fingerpicking, Sequences, Melodic
Elements, Hammering On & Pulling Off,
Double & Triple Hammer Ons & Pull Offs, Slides,
Pinch Pick Variations, Soloing Exercise,
Flatpick & Fingers, "D" & "G" Tunings, Darcy Farrow
Chords & Positions, Triplets,
Harmonics, "DADGAD" Tuning, The Erl King, The
Blues Shuffle - Parallel Sixths, Corrina.