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EILEEN IVERS BAND

Posted on: July 25th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our November 23 show with the Eileen Ivers Band to 401-725-9272.

Grammy®-Awarded and Emmy-nominated, Eileen Ivers continues to push the fiddling tradition boundaries from a folk music staple to a powerfully beautiful and intensely driving world stage experience. Eileen was the groundbreaking musical star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, and she is one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever. Eileen’s most recent CD, “Beyond the Bog Road,” focuses on the influences of the Celtic tradition on Roots music (bluegrass, French-Canadian, Cajun, Appalachian, Americana) and how the music journeyed on to become a fundamental ingredient of the American Country music tradition. Irish Music Magazine called it “a triumph … a musical Magnus-Opus” and the album reached number one on the Alt-Country Roots Music Chart. Eileen’s new joyous and passionate band, Universal Roots, connects music, cultures, stories and emotions that tie us together …celebrating the fact that we are more alike than dissimilar. The ensemble features Matt Mancuso (lead vocals, guitar, trumpet, fiddle), Buddy Connolly (button accordion, whistles, piano, vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright and electric bass, baritone sax, vocals), Dave Barckow (lead vocals, percussion, guitar), joining together with Eileen on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and live looping. Not to be missed!

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

 

 

ARCHIE FISHER

Posted on: July 5th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our November 17 show with Archie Fisher to 401-725-9272.

Master guitarist, singer and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland's foremost troubadour and is known throughout the country as the host of BBC Radio Scotland's award-winning "Travelling Folk" show, which he has presented for more than 30 years. Recognized for his contributions to Scottish folk music, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE, (Distinguished Member of the British Empire), a prestigious honor nominated by his peers and bestowed by Queen Elizabeth for services to traditional music in 2007. Fisher was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers – Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla Fisher. Fisher's first self-titled album was recorded in 1968. During the mid-1970s he joined the revived pairing of Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy. As well as performing as a backing musician and arranger for Makem & Clancy, he also produced a series of albums with them and got involved in record production with the dynamic Scottish band Silly Wizard. His  "Windward Away" release on Red House, a collection of introspective ballads that evoke the wild and rough beauty of the Scottish Border country, achieved widespread acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2015, seven years in the making, "A Silent Song" finds Archie combining original compositions with his interpretations of classic songs for a wonderful addition to his distinguished catalog.

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

 

ÁINE MINOGUE – To Warm a Winter’s Night

Posted on: July 4th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our December 14 CD release show with Áine Minogue to 401-725-9272.

To Warm a Winter’s Night is a musical celebration of the Celtic mid-winter and Christmas season by acclaimed Irish harpist/singer Áine Minogue. It is a spellbinding journey through Celtic lore and tradition, mixing music and poetry. By turns solemn and joyous, To Warm a Winter’s Night offers an emotional and evocative musical experience that will warm any winter’s eve. As traditional Irish music continues to enjoy phenomenal success both here and in Ireland, Áine Minogue (pronounced On-ya) is an artist who has long explored its themes and who captures its very essence. Her ethereal singing reflects the lyricism and richness to be found in Irish music, mythology and poetry with a voice undeniably her own. Born in County Tipperary, Áine's family encouraged her to pursue a number of instruments but it was at age 12 that Áine discovered her true love – the harp – which she decided to pursue in lieu of the others. Áine takes this ancient art form, exploring its underpinnings but adding her own creativity to each piece. Áine’s music, in styles including Celtic, World, Folk, Spiritual and New Age, has appeared on compilations for labels such as BMG, Decca, Universal, Virgin Records, Windham Hill and Putumayo. Many of these albums have topped Billboard Magazine’s World, New Age and Classical Charts for months at a time. Her concerts always have an intimate "getting away from it all" feel ... take some time for yourself this holiday season!

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

 

IRISH CHRISTMAS IN AMERICA

Posted on: July 4th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our December 7 show of Irish Christmas in America to 401-725-9272.

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish musicians, singers and dancers in an engaging performance rich in history, humor and boundless energy. Produced by fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2019 tour brings back the amazing Séamus Begley (TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year) along with the vocal talents of Sligo's Niamh Farrell. Also performing will be Grainne Hambly on harp and concertina and Sean Gavin on flute and uilleann pipes, plus special guests! Mac Diarmada enthuses about the program as a way to bring traditional and often unknown Irish customs to the States. “One of the most heartfelt themes of Irish Christmas is emigration,” says Mac Diarmada. “Music was a way that people stayed close to home.” A sparkling tradition among holiday events, Irish Christmas in America is a special show to see this season – Blackstone River Theatre is proud to bring it to you!

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

 

FUZEK-ROSSONI – 30th anniversary

Posted on: July 3rd, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our November 16 show with Fuzek-Rossoni to 401-725-9272.

John Fuzek and Mary Ann Rossoni will reunite this evening for a special 30th Anniversary Concert. The duo has not formally performed on stage together since a Stone Soup fundraiser brought them together for a brief set in 2012. Joining Fuzek-Rossoni during their set will be Ed McGuirl on guitar, mandolin, bass and percussion and Amy Bedard on backing vocals and violin. Opening the show will be Dan Lilley (guitar, vocals, harmonica) accompanied by Amy Bedard on vocals and violin. From 6 to 7 p.m. there will be an opening reception for the artwork of Mary Ann Rossoni which will be on display at Blackstone River Theatre through mid-December. A very popular duo in their day, Fuzek•Rossoni was formed 30 years ago when John Fuzek and Mary Ann Rossoni were simultaneously running ads in the “musicians wanted” classifieds of a local paper, looking for musical partners to perform with. The musical chemistry was immediate and they began writing songs. In a few months they released their first recording, “Living with the Fury and the Fire.” Together they created songs that dealt with such issues as relationships, politics and the environment. Tight harmonies and nice blends of both rhythm, lead and fingerstyle acoustic guitar were their trademark. They released a second recording, “Waking Up from the American Dream” and also contributed to many compilations, touring extensively around the Northeast. Fuzek•Rossoni were the driving force behind the beginnings of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association and Hear In Rhode Island. After 7 years together they decided to take a break. They remained great friends but musically began to move in different directions. After years of not performing publicly, they are back for this special anniversary reunion. 

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

 

ROBIN BULLOCK

Posted on: July 3rd, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our November 9 show with Robin Bullock to 401-725-9272.

Hailed as a “Celtic guitar god” by Baltimore City Paper and “one of the best folk instrumentalists in the business” by Sing Out! Magazine, Robin Bullock is one of the preeminent acoustic music masters of our time. His virtuosity on guitar, cittern and mandolin blends the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands, their American descendants, and the masterworks of the Baroque and Renaissance eras into one powerful musical vision. The 17th-century harp tunes of legendary Irish bard Turlough O’Carolan, the spirited jigs and reels of rural Ireland, the haunting ballads of the southern Appalachians and the timeless compositions of Bach, Dowland and Francesco da Milano all find a musical common ground in Robin’s music, where lightning-fast fingerwork one moment is perfectly balanced with tender, quiet intimacy the next. A warm, friendly presence onstage, Robin effortlessly creates a magical world for the audience with his multi-instrumental wizardry, taking them on an unforgettable journey into the deep heart’s core and through the music of the spheres. His 15 solo and collaborative recordings range from loving yet innovative interpretations of Celtic tradition, to the beloved carols and hymns of the Christmas season, to deep explorations of J.S. Bach’s incomparable masterpieces, he has taught 22 consecutive years at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina, where he was honored in 2016 with a Master Music Maker Award for lifetime achievement in musicianship and teaching. (Of the thousand-plus faculty members in the Gathering’s 27-year history, only 23 have received this award to date.)

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

 

MILE TWELVE

Posted on: July 3rd, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our November 2 show with Mile Twelve to 401-725-9272.

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant. The album title alludes to the idealized imagery of a shining city on a hill – a historical phrase that has often been applied to Boston, where the band got its start. The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals). All are credited as songwriters because everyone in the band helped shape the material throughout the writing and arranging process.  City on a Hill follows multiple IBMA Momentum Awards, presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association to emerging bluegrass artists. Mile Twelve won the band category in 2017. The following year, Keith-Hynes and Benedict secured IBMA Momentum Awards in instrumental categories, while the band earned two major IBMA Award nominations for Emerging Artist and Instrumental Performance of the Year in 2018.

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