Archive for December, 2018

IRISH MUSIC STORIES LIVE – Shannon Heaton with George Keith, Joey Abarta, and Matt Heaton - THE SHOW IS ON!

Posted on: December 20th, 2018 by Russell Gusetti

TONIGHT'S SHOW WILL GO ON AS PLANNED! Call in your reservations for our March 2 show with Shannon Heaton & Friends to 401-725-9272.

Equal parts concert and culture show, Shannon Heaton’s solo multi-media show tells universal stories through an Irish music lens. With flute, voice, and pre-recorded stories and sound design, IRISH MUSIC STORIES LIVE is an onstage extension of Heaton's acclaimed Irish Music Stories Podcast. And to round out her tour of kitchens, pubs, and Irish dance halls, Heaton welcomes fiddle player George Keith, uilleann piper Joey Abarta, and bouzouki/guitar player Matt Heaton to perform in the second set. "Creative, informative and entertaining. And her playing was masterful and expressive. A very complete one-person show.” - Marty Somberg.

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge



Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our March 10 show with Heron Valley to 401-725-9272.

Heron Valley are an energetic, young traditional band from Scotland who have serious enthusiasm for the music they play. Their roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various Folk, Country and Bluegrass styles. The five-piece group features piper/whistle player Kyle Howie, banjo player/percussionist Nick Hamilton, pianist Keith Morrison, fiddler/vocalist Abigail Pryde and guitarist/ bassist Callum Cronin. Since their inception in 2014, Heron Valley have always ensured that they are conveying the highest amount of energy they have to every crowd they play to, ensuring that audiences who see them live have a fantastic experience. Heron Valley released their debut album, "Roam," in May, 2017.

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge



Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our January 25 show with Yacouba Diabate and the Chris Monti Band to 401-725-9272.

Yacouba Diabate is a master Kora player born in Burkina Faso, West Africa. His family, the Griot family, is well-known as musicians and as a young adult, Yacouba studied the Kora in Mali with renown Kora master, Toumani Diabate. Yacouba has brought his music to France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Belgium as well as the United States. Yacouba also makes and sells traditional African string and percussion instruments in addition to teaching instrumental music to both youth and adults. Yacouba has performed for several world leaders at the United Nations in New York City. He has made an incredible impression on those of us at last year's Blackstone River Theatre debut and the past two Homecoming Concerts. Don't miss an amazing musician playing this most beautiful of instruments!



Posted on: December 13th, 2018 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our February 2 show with Quinn Bachand's Brishen to 401-725-9272.

Brishen, Romany for ‘bringer of the storm,’ is what Quinn Bachand, one of Canada’s most outstanding young musicians, and his band serve up with their original western and euro-gypsy swing homage. With a tight grasp on the music that embraces the swing tradition, Quinn Bachand’s Brishen takes audiences on an inventive journey which, through its technical virtuosity, brings together a range of musical history to reinvent the categories of swing jazz, pop and country, celebrating the music of the ‘30s up to and including the ‘60s. Brishen creates a space where virtuosity meets vibe, leaving audiences with a sense of jubilant nostalgia as they give new life to the music of Bob Wills, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and many more. Quinn Bachand, 23, who is a Berklee Presidential Scholar, is Winner 2018 Independent Music Awards (Jazz Song with Vocals), has been nominated for 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards and for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards (Jazz Artist of the Year) and is a Saga Djangofest Award Winner. Acclaimed American jazz and bluegrass violinist and roots music expert Matt Glaser says:  “Welcome to the visionary musical world of Quinn Bachand. I was flabbergasted when I put on this recording for the first time, and you will be too, as you take a journey into the wild imagination of Quinn ... sit back, enjoy and let this amazing music wash over you." 

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge



Posted on: December 11th, 2018 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our February 15 CD release show with Mari Black and Cory Pesaturo to 401-725-9272.

Get ready for an unforgettable musical extravaganza, as fiddler MARI BLACK and accordionist CORY PESATURO celebrate the release of their new duo album “Unscripted” — a collaboration between two world champion musicians in which the music rarely went as planned but always ended up better than envisioned! Drawing on their fiery personalities and instrumental virtuosity, the pair embark on a playful exploration of their favorite musical styles that celebrate spontaneity, improvisation, and reveling in the unexpected. Featuring rhythmic jazz tunes, blazing klezmer horas, passionate tangos, playful American rags, driving Celtic reels, and more ... 

Mari Black burst onto the international stage when she became Scotland’s Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, and 2-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, all within a 3-year period. Always eager to share her love of dance-driven music with audiences around the world, she has performed on five continents, playing everywhere from Celtic Festivals to Carnegie Hall and appearing on prominent radio including the BBC and NPR. Holding advanced degrees from the Yale School of Music and Columbia University, Mari is a passionate educator, teaching regularly at fiddle camps and workshops around the county. 

Three-time world accordion champion and Cumberland native Cory Pesaturo is on the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the accordion. Cory is the only person to ever win the trio of World Championships on Acoustic, Digital & Jazz Accordion, and is the only accordion graduate of New England Conservatory of Music. He has made four appearances at the White House starting at age 11, including a performance for a State Dinner which made him the youngest person to do so. In 2017, Cory became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which he played for over 32 hours. He has given two TED talks and two Google talks about his work to revolutionize the much maligned instrument. He also teaches masterclasses on improvisation worldwide. 

*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge