These three talented women joined forces in 1987 while working on Priscilla's Darkness Into Light recording. The unique blend of their voices encouraged them toward additional collaboration on festival and cocert hall stages. Enthusiastic responses from audiences around the country culminated in the recording of their first album Voices (1990, Flying Fish Records).
Though the album met with critical acclaim, their busy solo careers made only occasional trio performances possible. In 1996 the trio decided to create a more formal program that would allow them to tour for three weeks out of each year.
Their second release, Voices of Winter,
was recorded live during that tour and released the subsequent Fall (Gadfly Records). It
instantly became a favorite seasonal recording of public radio stations
across the country.
Called a "genuine folk super-group" by The Boston Globe, separately and together they have garnered countless accolades and awards from radio, press and concert presenters both within and outside the folk community. Their musical alliance has served to bring their collective vocal talents to an even larger and more diverse audience.
Priscilla, Anne and Cindy
bring intricate arrangements to newly found musical treasures with an art-song
vocal styling that crosses the boudaries of folk and classical music. Their
empathy in performance is near telepathic, and the magic of a Herdman,
Hills, Mangsen show engages people of all ages and musical backgrounds.
Priscilla, Anne and Cindy headed into the studio in August of 2000 to record their third collaborative effort. At the Turning of the Year includes old and new songs exploring the cycle of the seasons.
Sadly, all three trio albums are out of print. Cindy still has a copy or two of the third album, as well as other collaborations with Anne Hills, at the online store at this website.
The trio was honored to be included in a tribute album, Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, volume 3 released by Appleseed Recordings in the Fall of 2003. They recorded a version of Pete's song "River of My People" for the 2-CD set, which also includes songs and commentary by Pete himself, and versions of his songs sung by many of his friends, including Pat Humphries, Magpie, John McCutcheon, and Tom Paxton.
Herdman, Hills, Mangsen entrances audiences from fireside to concert hall with an evening of fresh enriching music, perfect for a season that asks us to listen to our ancestors, to our traditions, to our hearts and to each other.
Priscilla Herdman is known for her exceptionally lush voice and a unique gift for finding the best songs by contemporary writers inside and outside today and yesterday folk scene.
She has a keen ear for choosing timeless material that touches the heart of both personal relationships and political issues. Her velvet voice, insightful interpretations and compelling stage presence continue to bring rave reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Anne Hills is a singer of superb clarity and pure tone who has made her reputation in both folk music and theater circles.
She has toured, collaborated and recorded with Tom Paxton, Bob Gibson, Michael Smith and Peter Erskine and many others, as well as working in theater in Chicago, Philadelphia and beyond. Nurtured by the Chicago folk community, she has gained national recognition as a vocal chameleon and as a writer of poetic precision.
Cindy Mangsen's name is seen alongside the finest bards of the traditional folk ballads. Her deep love of researching and resurrecting historically valuable songs is perfectly supported by her exceedingly expressive golden-alto voice.
Her renditions of these important works, her own writing, as well as material from other cutting edge writers have made her the darling of both contemporary and traditional folk music lovers.
To order Trio CDs and CDs with Cindy and Anne, click here: Herdman, Hills, Mangsen CDs.
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For publicity photos of the trio, click here.
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