The Eclectic Cafe
Please note our starting time: 7:30pm for the open mike, 8:00pm for the opening short set, and 8:30pm for the featured performers.

First-timers: Get a free pass for a future show - see details below.


Our next concert is on Saturday October 8, 2016, featuring:

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen

And a short opening set by Shawn Cullinane



Steve and Cindy have been performing together for 25 years, bringing together their love of traditional music and their wealth of original songs. Accompanying themselves with guitars and concertinas, their live performances are known for rich harmony, compelling songs and a good dose of humor. Their six duet albums have appeared on many folk Top Ten lists, from the WFMT Midnight Special (Chicago) to The Boston Globe.

Steve Gillette has been writing songs since the 1960's. Since Ian and Sylvia first recorded "Darcy Farrow" in 1965, Steve's songs have been covered by John Denver, Garth Brooks, Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Josh Ritter, 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 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 has been a long-time participant in 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.

More at compassrosemusic.com

Admission is $20 at the door or $17 when purchased in advance. Advance sales will end at midnight Friday, October 7.
Number of Tickets: 
You can use PayPal or any major credit card.  You do not need a PayPal account.  Note that we do not issue physical tickets.  The email you receive from PayPal will be your ticket.  Please print out a copy and bring it with you to the show.  We regret that we are unable to offer refunds for unused tickets.

A designated local charity will receive a portion of the proceeds from this concert

 

Upcoming shows: (click on artist's name to open their web site in a new window)

Nov 12:  

Prewar Ponies Long Island CD Release Concert

You can buy advance tickets for the Prewar Ponies now.
Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door.
Prewar Ponies (at $17 ea):   
 

The Eclectic Café is held on the second Saturday of the month, September through May at:

   

The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk
28 Brentwood Road
Bay Shore, NY 11706
For show info: 631-661-1278

Parking is available along Brentwood Road. We ask you to please AVOID parking in the medical offices' parking lots south of the church.

The open mic starts at 7:30pm. Performers wishing to participate should sign up by 7:30. The open mike will last for approximately 30 minutes. There will also be a short set performed by a local performer. The featured artists begin at about 8:30pm.

If this is your first time at the Eclectic Café please mention it at the ticket table. Your paid admission to this show entitles you to a free pass, good for a single free admission to one of the next three Eclectic Cafés.

Refreshments are available.

We would also appreciate a donation of canned or dry food for local charity.

The Eclectic Café is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Questions or comments about this web page? Email me. For booking inquiries please email here.