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BOONE LIFE: Satin & Chenille enchant through the power of love duets

Two Ragtag colleagues wowed audiences at the True/False Festival
Sunday, April 13, 2008 | 7:38 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 p.m. CST, Monday, February 9, 2009
Laura Idle and John Gilbreth sing a love song to each other while playing a ukulele and a guitar March 26 on the bandstand at CAT 3 television studio at Stephens College. The two aren't dating, but they are still able to create what they call "the spirit of a Captain & Tennille situation."

The most elaborate item on the bandstand stage at CAT 3 television studio at Stephens College was a simple black lectern — the kind one finds in high school music rooms and cheap hotel conference areas. Often overlooked, a lectern will typically lead an anonymous life lest it find itself bestowed with a national seal or a religious emblem.

This one was certainly not created with any remarkable traits, yet as lecterns go, it may be headed for stardom for two reasons: the fabulous, bedazzling jewels it bears which spell out “Satin & Chenille,” a nom de scene, and its natural ability to prop up the music that was being sung by Boone County's charming and entertaining love song duo, John Gilbreth and Laura Idle.

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About three months ago, Ragtag Cinemacafe colleagues Gilbreth and Idle decided to do something about their passion for love duets.

“I’m a song and dance man. I knew I wanted to do something really simple and duet with one other person,” Gilbreth said.

When Idle returned to Columbia after some time away, the talent stars aligned.

“There’s always been an interest in singing with other people, which I had never done much of. I saw John and said, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s get some purpose,’” Idle said. Soon after, the pair were wowing True/False Film Festival audiences as they waited for films to begin and have made other appearances at Ragtag.

Neither Gilbreth nor Idle is Satin or Chenille. The charismatic name they have given themselves is more a concept of what the duo is all about rather than their individual stage names. “It is totally encompassing the spirit of a Captain & Tennille situation, but not that those are our idols necessarily,” Idle said.

Nevermind if the band’s name does not make sense. The point is that it is endearing, much like their music ... and their lectern.


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