The Light of the Day

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

Compass Rose Music
PO Box 1501
Bennington, Vermont 05201

A review written for Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
By Kerry Dexter.

"Even if you only have time for a brief visit, we hope you enjoy it," say Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen of their first duet album in four years, The Light of the Day. If your visit is brief, you'll want to sample Cindy's fine songwriting on Dark of the Moon, and Steve and Charles John Quarto's tribute to folksinger/storyteller Gamble Rogers, Song for Gamble. The duo also present serious and not so serious songs from the folk ballad tradition (En Montant la Riviere, from Quebec, and the Child Ballad Get Up and Bar the Door, for example)as well as a Swedish-Finnish medley, and a medley of the traditional hornpipe The Coast of France with a contemporary song by Pete Jung, Far Away. Steve and Cindy's subtle harmonies and their sense of humor are on display in Right Says Fred, and on Johnny Appleseed, where they are joined for vocals by Anne Hills, with Mark Schatz on bass and banjo and George Wilson on Fiddle. The Restless Wind, Hole in My Shoe, The Bonny Light Horseman, 1800 Hundred and Froze to Death (a song about a very frosty Vermont summer), and the Unicorn continue the balance of composed and traditional folk music on the disc. Steve plays guitar on most tracks, while Cindy adds concertina, dulcimer, and keyboards on selected cuts, and there are a number of well chosen guest artists. Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen are excellent storytellers, and it's easy to imagine them sitting around a campfire sharing and teaching these songs, passing on - and continuing to create - folk tradition.

[Edited by: Scott Montgomery]

This review is copyrighted by Three rivers Folklife Society, 1996, and Kerry Dexter, 1996.
It may be reproduced with prior permission and attribution.

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