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Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $13
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RORY RAVEN – Mentalist & Mindbender

Rory Raven is a mentalist with 20 years of experience reading minds and astonishing audiences. Neither a psychic nor a magician, he offers a compelling kind of entertainment unlike anything audiences have ever seen. With a few simple props (paper and pencil, a pack of playing cards, some paperback books, and the thoughts of volunteers) Rory involves the audience in a highly unusual – and unusually entertaining – experience. Thoughts are revealed, predicitions come true, and perhaps even the spirits are summoned... FAQs: Okay, let's start with that title - what's a mentalist? A mentalist is a theatrical mind-reader... a performer who, using a variety of techniques, is able to produce results that would only seem possible by psychic or paranormal means. And those techniques would be...? They range from a knowledge of subtle psychological principles and the quirks of human behavior, to quick thinking and a good memory. Rory is also interested in things like suggestion, non-verbal communication, and the so-called trance state. And he doesn't hesitate to borrow ideas from the stage magician, either! So is he psychic or what? No. Not everyone believes him when he say that, but there's not much he can do about it. People who believe in the paranormal will believe no matter what he tells them, and those who don't believe won't believe no matter what he shows them. Always a great evening … why not see what YOU think!

Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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KIM TRUSTY / KERRI POWERS

The dynamic and multifaceted Kim Trusty is a powerful and diverse vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Kim draws on jazz, rhythm & blues, vocal improvisation, and roots music transforming her life, heart, and work experiences into unforgettable and unique performances. Trusty, who began singing more than 30 years ago in an all-black Baptist church in rural Pennsylvania, offers an unforgettable style rarely seen in the music industry. Described as presenting “a silky smooth combination of blues and jazz,” Trusty is a Berklee College of Music graduate who now lives in Providence. 

Drenched in the emotions of blues, folk and country music, the extraordinary roots singer/songwriter Kerri Powers uses her dramatically dark and beautiful voice to mine the melancholy depths of romantic heartbreak and broken dreams in the edgy narratives of her songs. A native of rural Massachusetts, Powers sings the blues with such authentic, downhome grit that you might well think she's from Mississippi. Besides being a consummate chronicler of disappointment and despair, she can also morph into an impishly naughty rebel with a cause, a Mark Twain-like trickster whose wry words, dramatic sense of dynamics and phrasing can also celebrate joy and hope. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 at the door

NORTH SEA GAS

North Sea Gas is a folk band from Scotland who have been performing their blend of poignant and rousing songs and high-energy instrumentals for 35 years. With a combination of fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bodhran and bouzouki, complementing strong three-part vocal harmonies and a keen sense of humor, an entertaining evening is always guaranteed. North Sea Gas has now recorded 19 albums and played to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada. This marks their 13th appearance at BRT as they tour behind their newest CD, “When We Go Rolling Home." A previous project "The Fire And The Passion Of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for a set of tunes on the album. The band is led by founder Dave Gilfillan on lead vocals, guitar and banjo, well-known for his tongue-in-cheek humor. Ronnie MacDonald on lead and harmony vocals, guitar and bouzouki is joined by Grant Simpson on high-energy fiddle and vocals. 

 

 

Sunday, October 08, 2017 at 7:00 PM
  • $15
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    or $18 at the door

SKIPPER'S ALLEY

Skipper’s Alley are a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis. Once described as "a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains” Skipper’s Alley specialize in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on uilleann pipes, whistles, fiddle, bodhrán, bouzouki, flute, and harp with occasional detours into the dark melodies of the Irish song tradition. Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents. Write-ups include The Irish Times (★★★★), The Living Tradition, Folk Radio UK, Folk World, and Celtic Music Radio (★★★★★). In 2014, Skipper’s Alley’s released their acclaimed self-titled debut album under the production of Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys). This exciting six-piece band from Dublin features John Flynn, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin, Eilís Lavelle, Ultan O'Brien, Macdara Yeates, Fionnán Mac Gabhann and Paddy Cummins. Don’t miss their Rhode Island debut!

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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PATRICK BALL – Come Dance With Me in Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country

Patrick Ball, one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and also a captivating spoken word artist, will present a harp-filled, dramatic performance based on the life and works of Ireland’s greatest poet, William Butler Yeats. In playing the ancient brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, Ball not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them to create a richly theatrical performance. Patrick Ball has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories. Ball has been awarded grants for his work by the California Arts Council and is the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association. Whether in the stronghold of a Galway chieftain in the years before history began or yesterday in the snug corner of a pub in Dublin, the Irish have always delighted in storytelling. Their passion for eloquence and wordplay, their deep devotion to their mythical past, their ability to find joy and humor in a dark world, and their belief that the supernatural world could appear between one breath and the next made their stories and the telling of them unrivaled in the world of the oral tradition. And always, amidst the storytelling, there was music. Jigs, reels and haunting airs graced the spaces between the tales. And first among Irish instruments, and the most honored, was the legendary Celtic harp. In "Come Dance With Me in Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country" Patrick Ball rekindles the fire and wonder of an evening of Irish music and storytelling.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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BOHEMIAN QUARTET

The mission of keeping a rare musical flame alight is a noble and often challenging one, but the Bohemian Quartet is more than up to the task. In this case, the acclaimed Rhode Island-based ensemble featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass specializes in music of the "Romani" or "Gypsy" tradition, along with related Eastern European folk styles. The Bohemian Quartet was formed in 2005. Violinist Stan Renard, a composer and virtuoso player with an impressive list of credentials, assembled the group with the idea of preserving the tradition and indulging in the virtuosic playing of classic gypsy music. Renard recruited like-minded and ambitious friends: Christine Harrington on cello, Nancy Richardson on viola, and Dave Zinno on upright bass. Together, they've made a commitment to the genre, and aspired to performing it with both reverence and adventure. Indeed, like every good curator, the ensemble embraces tradition, and still wanders off in newer, unpredictable directions. The name "Bohemian Quartet" was borrowed from the original Bohemian Quartet (also known as the Czech Quartet after 1918), a string quartet of international repute that was founded in 1891 and disbanded in 1934. Both groups share a passion for the deep-rooted authenticity of the Romany tradition, as well as the ability to play that historic repertoire with extraordinary joie de vivre. There will also be a 2 p.m. workshop before the concert - details to be announced!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • FREE Admission!

Blood Drive at Blackstone River Theatre!

We hope you will stop by Blackstone River Theatre today between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as we host our first-ever BLOOD DRIVE when the Rhode Island Blood Center Bloodmobile parks outside of the theatre. As an incentive, all donors will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of tickets for BRT's concerts on Nov. 4 (The Gnomes) or Nov. 11 (Jeremy Kittel). Bring your driver's license or another form of ID when you donate. Thank so much for helping!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $20 at the door

BRUCE MOLSKY'S MOUNTAIN DRIFTERS

Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song is delighted to bring his new group, already on tour in the U.S., to Blackstone River Theatre. Bruce’s previous collaborations, with Anonymous 4, was released to rave reviews and was on the top 10 Billboard charts for weeks. He is also a special guest on legendary guitarist Mark Knopfler’s latest CD and is working on his 3rd album with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. Allison de Groot combines virtuosity with a passion for old-time music. With her own bands The Goodbye Girls and Oh My Darling, she has played Trafalgar Square in London, Newport Folk Festival, Stockholm Folk Festival and more. Like Bruce, Allison loves collaborating and bringing new ideas to old music, and brings a fresh approach to the trio. Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’ great young genre-bending pioneers. He got his start as a guitarist in metal bands before immersing himself in roots music as a member of The Deadly Gentlemen. Stash is a veteran festival performer, having played at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Rockygrass, Merlefest, Savannah Music Festival and others. Says WBUR (Boston NPR), "It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live..." 

Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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THE GNOMES

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 and extensive 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. 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! 

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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    or $18 at the door

JEREMY KITTEL TRIO

Jeremy Kittel is an award-winning fiddler, violinist, and composer. The Compass Records recording artist is a master in Celtic, classical, jazz, and bluegrass traditions, and is gifted in fusing and revitalizing these diverse styles. Jeremy was a member of the Turtle Island Quartet for five years and has also worked with Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Paquito D’Rivera, and My Morning Jacket. He has been a guest artist with several symphony orchestras, was twice featured on A Prairie Home Companion, and has performed around the world at venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Bonnaroo and the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland. Named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine, and dubbed “one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today” by mandolin grandmaster David Grisman, Josh Pinkham has established himself as a striking performer, composer and recording artist. He continues to push his mandolin into new and old territory, excelling in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz and Classical music. Although Quinn Bachand plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that draw the most attention. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. He performs with his sister Qristina and has also toured nationally and internationally with Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster.

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM
  • $35
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11th annual CUMBERLAND LAND TRUST WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER

For tickets, call Joe at 658-1766. Winetasting event includes raffles and cheeses and light appetizers. The Cumberland Land Trust is a private, non-profit, charitable conservation organization run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Their mission is to preserve the natural resources of Cumberland for present and future generations by preserving land for open space. Since incorporation in 1989, CLT has protected more than 354 acres of land acquired through purchase, donation and conservation easements. The Land Trust applies for grants from private foundations and organizations and from government sources to help acquire select properties including streams, ponds, wetlands, open space, working farms, scenic and natural sites and historically significant properties. For more information visit:  www.cumberlandlandtrust.org

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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DAYMARK / LINDSAY STRAW

Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger. Fusing the talents of Will Woodson (flute, border pipes), Dan Foster (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar, vocals) the group presents a classic blend of wind and string as driving flute meets virtuosic fiddle, underpinned by expertly delivered guitar. Sharing a love for the music of generations past, in Daymark’s sound one can hear the echoes of Irish-American dance halls from the 1920s and 30s, alongside the lonesome tones of Donegal country fiddlers and the rollicking smoky pubs of Northern England’s immigrant neighborhoods. Each member of Daymark is well established in their own right, and collectively the three have lived and studied traditional music across Ireland, Scotland, England, America, and Canada. Foster hails from Northern England, and developed his music in the lively session scene there before honing his fiddle style in Limerick under master musicians. Woodson holds a master’s degree in traditional music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, and in addition to his musical work is an established pipemaker, performing on an instrument of his own construction. McDonald is a native of Boston, and learned his music in the city’s sessions and folk clubs before studying at the famed Berklee College of Music. 

Ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art while studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about: English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft. She also founded a young Celtic trad band at the college, The Ivy Leaf, which she draws from to fill out the music on her new second album, "The Fairest Flower of Womankind." In addition to her own sensitive, agile accompaniment on guitar and bouzouki, Straw is joined by members of The Ivy Leaf, Daniel Accardi (fiddle), Armand Aromin (fiddle), and Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica), plus renowned Maine guitarist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang). Throughout, Straw’s tender vocals and careful arrangements draw out the inner depths of these old songs, telling tales of women from beyond the ages. Straw will be joined tonight by mandolin player Jordan Santiago.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM
  • $20
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BRT HOMECOMING CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER

featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Torrin Ryan, Mary Lee Partington & Ed Sweeney, The Vox Hunters and more to be announced!

With family and friends in town for Thanksgiving, BRT's 18th annual fundraiser will feature some of the best of Rhode Island's homegrown talent as well as others who now live in the Ocean State. Starting at 6:30 p.m. and during intermission, Blackstone River Theatre will also hold a silent auction featuring CDs, jewelry, original artwork, Christmas items and gift certificates. 100% of the proceeds from both the concert and the silent auction will go to support Blackstone River Theatre's programming and operating expenses. Says BRT executive director Russell Gusetti, "this is not only BRT's one big fundraiser for the year but it also serves as an excellent sampler as audiences get to see seven different acts in one evening, all who will be performing concerts in the coming months.

Saturday, December 02, 2017 at 9:00 AM
  • FREE Admission!

10th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival

Blackstone River Theatre invites the community to our 10th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival fundraiser! Please come out and support BRT programming as well as area craft vendors and home-based businesses while you do your holiday shopping locally! We will have 26 vendors on site between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the event will also feature continuous live music plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, refreshments and more. Door prizes will be raffled off from each vendor with the raffle proceeds to benefit BRT's programming. Think out of the box (store!)

Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 1:00 PM
  • $13
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IRISH DANCE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR featuring TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE

NOTE: The Irish Dance shows will take place at the Greenwich Odeum, E. Greenwich, RI
 
We hope you'll join Tir Na Nog Irish Dance for a fun afternoon (two shows!) of Irish dance, and live Celtic and Christmas music. All dances have been choreographed and taught by instructor Erika Damiani and will be performed by dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, based out of Blackstone River Theatre. Tickets for these shows will be handled by the Greenwich Odeum. Part of today's proceeds will go towards sponsorship of the dance stage at the 2018 Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival where Tir Na Nog Irish Dance will perform. The shows will be filled with Christmas cheer, beautiful traditional and modern Irish dancing, live Celtic music, and will conclude with a visit from our friend from the North Pole! If you are interested in Irish Step Dance classes at Blackstone River Theatre, call 401-725-9272 or visit http://www.tirnanogirishdanceri.com

Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 8:00 PM
  • $22
  •     Tickets    
    or $25 at the door

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Featuring Armand Aromin, Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani and members of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Benedict Gagliardi, Russell Gusetti, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and Ed Sweeney

At Blackstone River Theatre's 10th annual Christmas Celebration audiences can expect the unexpected - familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy step dancing and clogging, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more - as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. "That's one of the nicest thing about this show," explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. "We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year.” 

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM
  • $22
  •     Tickets    
    or $25 at the door

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Featuring Armand Aromin, Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani and members of Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Benedict Gagliardi, Russell Gusetti, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and Ed Sweeney

At Blackstone River Theatre's 10th annual Christmas Celebration audiences can expect the unexpected - familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy step dancing and clogging, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more - as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. "That's one of the nicest thing about this show," explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. "We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year.” 

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
  • Tickets

FELLSWATER – CD release

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 at the door

JAERV – Music from Sweden

Saturday, February 03, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
  • Tickets

PETER JANSON / HIROYA TSUKAMOTO