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Thread #95366   Message #1854173
Posted By: GUEST,fax mam
09-Oct-06 - 12:43 PM
Thread Name: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen. Wow!
Subject: RE: Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen. Wow!
I have known Steve since he was a kid (like me !!) playing the folk clubs in SoCal in the late 50's and early 60's. He was GREAT then and became even greater when he and Cindy teamed up after he left SoCal for the North East. I have never seen a finer guitarist and his songwriting abilities have only continued to get better and better. Unfortunately I only get to see them once a year when they come to Kerrville or Houston. Do not miss a chance if they come to your vicinity - you'll be sorry if you do !! One of the first song I ever learned to pick was Darcy Farrow after I saw him do it at Frankenstein's in Laguna Beach in 1959. Never came close to his rendition However !!!

You never saw Steve Gillette perform in 1959. Steve was all of 17 years old then and hadn't even learned to play guitar yet. As a teenager and then as a student at UCLA, he played banjo and was in a bluegrass band. He took up the guitar after leaving school while working as a copy editor at his hometown newspaper.

I've got a concert tape of him where he writing Darcy Farrow with Tom Campbell in 1966, that Tom sang it for Ian and Sylvia and the rest is history.

Just the fax mam.