The singer-songwriter duo of Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen have been performing at Caffe Lena since 1968. Based in Bennington, this Vermont husband-and-wife team offer a well-balanced mix of originals and standards culled from various folk idioms, acoustic blues and country styles.
Mangsen’s silky soprano blends smoothly with Gillette’s tenor vocals, and both play their acoustic guitars flawlessly.
At Caffe Lena, the duo played and sang to a large audience of longtime friends and fans, offering a warm and intimate performance. Highlights of the evening included Gillette’s moving solo performance of the blues gem “Corrina, Corrina,” a stirring original tune in memory of the late Gamble Rogers and a set-within-a-set of several songs by Lou and Peter Berryman.