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Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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YACOUBA DIABATE / CHRIS MONTI BAND

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!

 

Chris Monti is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player whose original songs are influenced by rock & roll and Country-Blues as well as music from West Africa, Egypt, the Caribbean, and India. The Chris Monti Band features bassist Theo Regan and drummer Michael Lewis and they'll play West African Music and West African-inspired songs. Chris learned many of these songs playing in the Double Decker Dance Band from band leader, singer, guitarist, Joe Paye, of Liberia. You'll hear Soka, Highlife, and Soukous beats. Chris has toured the East Coast, opening many times for country-blues great Paul Geremia, and has also played with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

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

 

Saturday, February 01, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

THE GNOMES

Call in your reservations for our February 1 show with The Gnomes to 401-725-9272.

The Gnomes special brand of World-Folk-Fusion always gets an audience on their feet and dancing! The band features Phil Edmonds, Cathy Clasper-Torch, Mike Fischman, Peter Breen, and Matt Demick. Together they combine their varied musical backgrounds into arrangements that have been described as "exotic, fresh, and unique." Instrumentation includes fiddle, Irish whistles, er-hu, accordion, guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion, keyboard, and vocals. Their spirited music takes you around the world, encompassing Celtic, klezmer, Scandinavian, Carribean, Asian and Latin styles. The Gnomes are 2019 and 2018 Motif Music Award Winners in the World Music category! There will be a short set before The Gnomes play their second set by The Broad Street Fiddlers led by Cathy Clasper-Torch ... Always a great time! 

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

 

Saturday, February 08, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

PARTINGTON & SWEENEY / KIM TRUSTY with CATHY CLASPER-TORCH

Call in your reservations for our February 8 split concert with Partington & Sweeney and Kim Trusty with Cathy Clasper-Torch to 401-725-9272.

Singer-songwriter Mary Lee Partington and guitarist Ed Sweeney joined forces in 2017 as a music-making duo, Partington & Sweeney. They are captivated by song and instrumental traditions rooted in rocky New England, which yield a harvest of American folk and popular music from across the centuries and across a continent. Combining an award-winning voice and the homegrown stylings of Martin guitars and custom longneck or fretless banjos superlatively played, Partington & Sweeney have set out to perform, record, entertain, and make music that travels with the tradition or that revels in the original. Partington & Sweeney's repertoire cultivates collaborations and charts a course for a new journey. Mary Lee and Ed currently are recording their debut CD “Commonplace" with engineer David Correia of Celebration Sound. Sweeney performs a wide-ranging repertoire of traditional music on 6- and 12-string guitar, 5-string banjo, and fretless banjo, two uniquely traditional American instruments. Ed also teaches guitar and banjo at Blackstone River Theatre.

Kim Trusty hails from Media, Pennsylvania. Her foray into songwriting started at a young age and eventually brought her to New England to study songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., where she was referred to as “the girl with the golden voice.” She has spent the last three decades residing in Providence, refining her musical skills, crafting and branding her own style of Jazz, R&B, Blues and original music. She has performed as an actress playing the role of Rosue in When Mahalia Sings from 2010-2012. She is currently is working with a screenwriter to tell her amazing story as a black lesbian artist, educator, stroke and cancer survivor. Through it all, Kim has carried on, rising from each fall a little stronger to bring us music that inspires and heals. She will be performing tonight with gifted fiddler/cellist Cathy Clasper-Torch.

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

 

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $22 at the door

MARI BLACK and CORY PESATURO – CD release!

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 night of music as fiddler Mari Black and accordionist Cory Pesaturo team up to present a dynamic exploration of improvisation-driven music from around the globe and celebrate the release of their first duo CD together! You'll be on the edge of your seat as this stunningly virtuosic duo spins together a magical journey featuring rhythmic jazz tunes, fiery klezmer horas, passionate tangos, playful American rags, driving Celtic reels, and more! 

Called “One of the brightest fiddlers around today” by WGBH radio host Brian O’Donovan, multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black has been delighting audiences around the world with her energetic playing, sparkling stage presence, and dazzlingly virtuosic fiddling. Mari made her entrance 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 three-year period.  

Three-time world accordion champion and Rhode Island 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 a World Championship on Acoustic, Digital And Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. 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. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music. This vision led him to give a TED talk, develop his own electric accordion, and make the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys. 

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

 

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $22
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    or $26 at the door

RUNA

Call in your reservations for our February 22 show with RUNA to 401-725-9272.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary as a band, Celtic-American “supergroup” RUNA continues to push the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. In conjunction with the band’s 10-year anniversary, RUNA released their 6th album – “TEN: The Errant Night.” Earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation, RUNA consists of vocalist and step dancer, Shannon Lambert-Ryan of Philadelphia, Dublin-born guitarist, Fionán de Barra, Cheryl Prashker of Canada on percussion, Jake James of New York on fiddle, and Caleb Edwards of Nashville on mandolin and vocals. The group has been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards including Best LIVE Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song. “TEN: The Errant Night” has been nominated for Best World/Traditional Song (“An Buachaillín Bán”) in the Independent Music Awards. Don’t miss the return of one of BRT’s favorite acts!

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

 

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $20 at the door

JAERV – Music from Sweden

The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv presents high-energy and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a vivid and distinct sound which has established Jaerv on the folk and world music scenes. Rooted in several musical traditions, Jaerv offers a captivating stage performance where five-part vocals blend in with energetic instrumentals and free improvisations. Jaerv has toured the U.S., Japan, Spain, Scotland, Ireland, Finland and Norway among other countries. Their new and critically acclaimed album is "Under den linden."

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

 

Sunday, March 01, 2020 at 7:00 PM
  • $20
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    or $24 at the door

SOCKS IN THE FRYING PAN

Call in your reservations for our March 1 show with Socks in the Frying Pan to 401-725-9272.

Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability, and onstage wit has captivated audiences around the world. One of the most sought after groups in Irish music today, the worldwide ‘Sock Invasion’ continues! Socks in the Frying Pan consists of Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals and the accomplished Hayes brothers, Shane Hayes on accordion and Fiachra Hayes on fiddle and banjo.This youthful trio blend Irish traditional melodies with their own personal flair which has gained them critical acclaim including ‘New Band of the Year’ by the Irish Music Association. The group have been embraced in the U.S. having been booked by every major Irish festival and praised for their modern traditional style and energetic approach. They have a clear love for live performance which only compliments the traditional essence in their shows and makes for a truly unique form of entertainment. Don't miss their Rhode Island debut!

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

 

Friday, March 06, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $20
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    or $24 at the door

HighTime

Call in your reservations for our March 6 show with HighTime to 401-725-9272.

HighTime are an accomplished trio from the heart of Connemara on the West Coast of Ireland. Combining Irish music with an intriguing blend of modern folk influences, they produce a rich and unique sound and an electric energy onstage. This coupled with intricate three-part vocal harmonies and displays of exceptional, rhythmic step dance, have left audiences worldwide awestruck by their performances. Hailing from the village of Ardmore on the rugged West Coast, Ciarán Bolger and Séamus Ó Flatharta have been immersed in the richest of Irish culture from a very young age. Having been raised with the Irish Gaelic language as their mother-tongue in an area steeped in the Irish tradition, their knowledge, respect and appreciation of their heritage is indisputable. Michael Coult, who grew up surrounded by some of the finest traditional musicians in the Irish diaspora of Manchester, completes the trio. HighTime have accumulated countless awards over the years, both individually and as a group. Featuring a distinctive line up of Celtic Harp, flute, guitar, bodhrán, whistles and vocals, HighTime continues to make waves on the music scene. Their appearance at the 2019 Summer Solstice Festival was a true highlight ... don't miss their first time to the Blackstone River Theatre itself!

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

 

Sunday, March 08, 2020 at 7:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

MATTHEW BYRNE

Call in your reservations for our March 8, 2020 show with Matthew Byrne to 401-725-9272.

Storytelling through song is a fundamental duty of traditional music and Matthew Byrne does this brilliantly with his latest recording, "Horizon Lines." Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and this newest collection of traditional material explores a unique repertoire of songs from both sides of the Atlantic continuing Byrne’s journey through his musical lineage. This tradition thrives on the song – the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody – and Byrne's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. Since bursting on to the trad scene in 2010 with his debut recording, “Ballads," Matthew has swiftly earned his place as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices backed by his masterful guitar playing. Byrne’s second solo CD "Hearts & Heroes” won “Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. "Horizon Lines" - a collection of traditional material from both sides of the Atlantic that continues Byrne’s journey through his own unique musical lineage, won Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Having received this distinction for a second time, Matthew Byrne continues to establish himself as one of today’s most authentic and vital traditional voices.

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

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $22 at the door

THE JEREMIAHS

Call in your reservations for our March 15 show with The Jeremiahs to 401-725-9272.

After a great Summer Solstice Festival appearance in 2017 we finally get to bring The Jeremiahs to Blackstone River Theatre itself! They were awarded 2017 LiveIreland "Best Album of the Year" and "Best Male Singer” for their latest CD, “The Femme Fatale of Maine” following recognition as 2015 LiveIreland "Best Vocal/Instrumental Album" and "Best Male Singer” for the CD “The Jeremiahs.” From the outset in 2013, The Jeremiahs grabbed the attention of the heavyweights like Irish Music Magazine when Sean Laffey said they are “One of the freshest bands in traditional music.” They shape their sound with Dubliner Joe Gibney’s beautiful vocals; Julien Bruneteau from Brittany who plays whistle and flute; Dublin-based James Ryan who holds down the rhythm section on guitar and bouzouki; and Jean Christophe Morel, a Frenchman drawn to Dublin by Irish Traditional Music, who does the bulk of the work on fiddle. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a bit early with the debut of The Jeremiahs! “Their instrumental work is superior. ..They are the real deal with some really well done harmonies.” - Live Ireland

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

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $20 at the door

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Call in your reservations for our March 21 show with Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman to 401-725-9272.

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of Máire Ní Chathasaigh – “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (Scotland on Sunday) and Chris Newman – “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has brought its special musical vision to venues large and small in 22 countries on five continents. Their performances – described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” – are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous. Simply put it's a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. Chris and Máire are thrilled that a recent Chicago performance has been awarded “Concert of the Year” and Chris was also named "Male Musician of the Year” in the 2019 Live Ireland Awards! Gradam Ceoil TG4, the national Irish-language TV station’s Award for Irish Traditional Musician of the Year, was presented to Máire in 2001 “for the excellence and pioneering force of her music, the remarkable growth she has brought to the music of the harp and the positive influence she has had on the young generation of harpers” at a televised ceremony in the Cork Opera House. The Gradam is the highest, most prestigious honour for a traditional Irish musician and Máire is the sole harpist recipient to date. We are thrilled to present them for the first time at Blackstone River Theatre!

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

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $22
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    or $26 at the door

TALISK - Music from Scotland

Call in your reservations for our March 28 show with Talisk to 401-725-9272.

There are VERY few bands we ask back twice in a calendar year – Talisk is one of them after blowing away the audience in their Blackstone River Theatre debut in September! In just five years, the Scottish trio Talisk has stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and a BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardMohsen Amini – the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature sound that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. Appearances at world-leading festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, while the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, "Beyond," in Oct. 2018 was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in "Songlines," praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.” If you saw them last time, you'll be back ... if you missed them, here's your chance!

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

 

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $22
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    or $25 at the door

THE FRIEL SISTERS

Call in your reservations for our April 4 show with The Friel Sisters to 401-725-9272.

The Friel Sisters – Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are young traditional musicians born and brought up in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht. They play a mixture of music interspersed with songs in English and Irish, many from their family repertoire. Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes. Since the launch of their debut album, they have performed in various venues and festivals across Europe, America and Asia and have appeared as guests on stage or toured with acts such as Altan, The Chieftains, Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, Cherish the Ladies, and Solas. Since its 2017 release, "Before the Sun" has been very well received, getting 4 stars in the Irish Times and a lot of airplay including being played on RTE 1’s ‘The Rolling Wave’ as part of International Women’s Day. The girls have won many prestigious titles and competitions over the years; most recently Clare receiving the huge honor of TG4 Young Musician of the Year in Ireland. “Anna, Sheila and Clare are, without doubt, among the brightest musical prospects on the horizon of traditional music” – Living Tradition 

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

 

Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • Private Event

WINTER 2020

Saturday, April 11 – ATWATER~DONNELLY & THE VOX HUNTERS

Sunday, April 26 – ALASDAIR FRASER and NATALIE HAAS

Saturday, May 2 – KEVIN DOYLE'S ROSCOMMON SOLES

Sunday, May 3 – KEVIN DOYLE'S ROSCOMMON SOLES

Friday, May 8 – HANNEKE CASSEL TRIO –
BRT MEMBERSHIP CONCERT

Saturday, June 20 – 10th annual Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival

 

Saturday, May 09, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $20 at the door

ONE FOR THE FOXES

Call in your reservations for our May 9 show with One For The Foxes to 401-725-9272.

Dave Curley, Tadhg Ó Meachair and Joanna Hyde form an exciting and dynamic transatlantic trio that presents a rousing blend of Irish and American folk music, having already won over audiences on both sides of the ocean. The group is made up of Dublin’s Tadhg Ó Meachair (Goitse), Galway’s Dave Curley (SLIDE) and Denver, Colorado’s Joanna Hyde (The Hydes), and features a mix of Irish and American folk music and song – both traditional and newly-composed – presented in an energetic and engaging manner. Their performances strike a tasteful balance between the stories found in ballads across both sides of the Atlantic and the respective instrumental music traditions of these places. Award-winning instrumentalists each in their own right, Dave, Tadhg, and Joanna take a unique twist on the diverse strengths of their individual backgrounds, weaving between traditional melodies, their own compositions, and songs from the broader folk canon. The results are highly personalized and thrilling in their forthright grasp of the material. Through a shared deep-rooted passion for Irish traditional music, this trio highlights the vital role of Irish traditional music as an origin of many American folk musics, and explores how those styles can interact with one another in a manner both eclectic and grounded.

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

 

Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM
  • $20
  • Tickets

10th annual BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

@ DIAMOND HILL PARK, RTE. 114, CUMBERLAND, RI
$20 adults, $15 seniors, children $5, kids under-5 free!
Festival runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Four stages of Celtic and world music plus Irish step dance, and 40+ craft & food vendors!

Acts will be announced Jan. 10, 2020!