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Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

THE GNOMES

Call in your reservations for our February 23 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. 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

 

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM
  • $15
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    or $20 at the door

L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble - CD release

Call in your reservations for our February 24 show with L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble to 401-725-9272.

Rhode Island’s L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble is proud to announce the release of their new CD, Uisge Beatha – "Water of Life,” featuring tunes from Celtic and British folk traditions. For centuries composers have incorporated folk tunes into their own music. Byrd and Beethoven, Vivaldi and Dvorak, Grieg and Grainger, and contemporary composers like Steven Antonelli, Michael Mayerfeld Bell, and Jim Dalton, who appear on this CD, have all drawn from traditional melodies for inspiration for their music. With “Water of Life," L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble celebrates that intersection between traditional and classical music. As lovers of both the energy and passion of traditional music and the rich harmonic and rhythmic potential of classical music, L’Esperance showcases music from folk revivals going back hundreds of years and into the present. L'Esperance features almost 30 musicians of different backgrounds and ages from the Cape Cod area, Rhode Island and Connecticut, who come together to enjoy the pleasure of making music with each other. Since 1994, L'Esperance has been sharing that joy with audiences around New England. Director of L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble, Joshua Bell, was named the Concertmaster of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra in 1979. He has played with the North American Mandolin Ensemble, The American Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, the Classical Mandolin Society of America.

 

Saturday, March 02, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

IRISH MUSIC STORIES LIVE – Shannon Heaton with George Keith, Joey Abarta, and Matt Heaton

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

 

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $22 at the door

HERON VALLEY

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/guitarist/whistle player Euan McNab, banjo player/drummer Nick Hamilton, pianist Keith Morrison, guitarist/vocalist Abigail Pryde and 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

 

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $26
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    or $28 at the door

Le Vent du Nord

Call in your reservations for our March 16 show with Le Vent du Nord to 401-725-9272.

Seventeen years after its inception, the award-winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord has increased in size from a quartet to a quintet! Fiddler André Brunet (Celtic Fiddle Festival, La Bottine Souriante) has joined this world renowned ensemble along with Simon Beaudry (vocals, bouzouki, guitar), Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy-gurdy, piano), Olivier Demers (fiddle, guitar, foot-tapping, mandolin), and Réjean Brunet (basses, accordion, jaw harp, vocals). Making their Blackstone River Theatre debut, Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement and an iconic name in Quebec’s traditional music revival. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music with a broad range of global influences. Le Vent du Nord has performed well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racked up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), and a CFMA & “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

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

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 4:00 PM
  • $30
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    or $35 at the door

LUNASA

Purchase tickets online or call in your reservations for our March 24, 4 PM show with Lunasa to 401-725-9272.

Named for a Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. For 20 years, its members have formed the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys. Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland, played with Moving Cloud and piper Cillian Vallely comes from the same talented musical family as brother Niall, of Buille and the Karan Casey Band. Dynamic guitarist Patrick Doocey is joined by fiddler Colin Farrell whose 2015 CD "Make A Note" was awarded Instrumental Album of the year by LiveIreland. Inspired by the legendary Irish group The Bothy Band, Lúnasa uses melodic interweaving of wind and string instruments pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in breathtaking arrangements. They are universally acclaimed as one of the best Irish bands in the world.

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

 

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $30
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    or $35 at the door

LUNASA

Purchase tickets online or call in your reservations for our March 24, 8 PM show with Lunasa to 401-725-9272.

Named for a Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. For 20 years, its members have formed the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. Bassist Trevor Hutchinson was a key member of The Waterboys. Kevin Crawford, considered to be among the finest flutists in Ireland, played with Moving Cloud and piper Cillian Vallely comes from the same talented musical family as brother Niall, of Buille and the Karan Casey Band. Dynamic guitarist Patrick Doocey is joined by fiddler Colin Farrell whose 2015 CD "Make A Note" was awarded Instrumental Album of the year by LiveIreland. Inspired by the legendary Irish group The Bothy Band, Lúnasa uses melodic interweaving of wind and string instruments pairing flutes, fiddle, whistle and pipes in breathtaking arrangements. They are universally acclaimed as one of the best Irish bands in the world.

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

 

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

JANE ROTHFIELD and ALLAN CARR / THE VOX HUNTERS

Call in your reservations for our March 30 show with Jane Rothfield and Allan Carr and The Vox Hunters to 401-725-9272.

Award-winning fiddler Jane Rothfield and husband Scottish singer and guitarist Allan Carr have been playing their unique blend of traditional and original Appalachian and Celtic music for over 30 years. Allan (from Aberdeen, Scotland) grew up surrounded by the rich traditional music of the Northeast of Scotland and is one of the finest singers from that tradition. His Celtic/old time guitar style perfectly complements his traditional songs and all styles of fiddle tunes. Jane is a fiddler, clawhammer banjo player and tune composer with deep roots in the fiddle traditions of New England, Scotland and the American South and has numerous recordings to her credit. In their 30+ years of making music together, Jane and Allan have performed throughout the British Isles and the U.S. They play roots music that is directly from the source while expanding on that tradition with newly composed songs and tunes. Great singing, hot instrumentals and with Allan’s humor, always a whole lot of fun! 

Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are musically bound by a shared love of traditional Irish music as well as an eclectic and ever-growing amalgam of songs both inside and far outside the realm of folk music. Combining Aromin's multifaceted fiddle playing, Gagliardi's self-developed concertina style, and a pair of complementary voices, The Vox Hunters will present their exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interesting songs. They are touted as strong tradition-bearers in their generation, and their genuine affinity for the music is evident in the emotion they draw from it. Their three mantras are: “Sing Local,” “Sing Often,” and “Roger Williams for President.”

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

 

Saturday, April 06, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

3 RAVENS – Donna Hébert, Lui Collins, and Max Cohen

Call in your reservations for our April 6 show with 3 Ravens to 401-725-9272.

This new trio crafts an evening out of originals, instrumentals and traditional songs. Harmonies blend three strong voices, paring down to just one when the story shifts shape. Donna’s fiddling morphs from light to dark, while Lui’s piano, banjo and ukulele converse fluently with Max’s guitar. Donna Hébert is a cultural treasure, a Franco-American fiddler and composer three-times documented in Smithsonian collections. Recognized in 2009 for “outstanding artistic achievement” by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Donna founded and directs yearly participatory children’s performances at Old Songs and Philadelphia Folk Festivals and has appeared at Blackstone River Theatre with Chanterelle, the Panache Quartet, and Mist Covered Mountains. Donna has earned eight appointments as a master fiddler in the National Endowment’s Master-Apprenticeship program. Folk singer / songwriter Lui Collins has been on the scene for over 40 years, earning international acclaim for her music. The Boston Herald called Collins “a folksinger for our times” and the Boston Globe adds “one of New England’s first and brightest stars.” An accomplished guitarist, Max Cohen balances tremendous sensitivity with driving rhythmic power. Known for his work with Priscilla Herdman, Max is one of those rare guitarists able to create an atmosphere that supports and cradles vocals with both tenderness and strength.

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

 

Monday, April 08, 2019 at 7:30 PM
  • $40
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    or $44 at the door

DOUGIE MacLEAN

Purchase tickets online or call in your reservations for our April 8, 2019 show with Dougie MacLean to 401-725-9272.

Dougie MacLean is considered by many to be Scotland's pre-eminent singer-songwriter and is certainly one of the country's greatest musical treasures. Dougie received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriting at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2013. From his home base in Butterstone near Dunkeld, Scotland, MacLean tours the world with his unique blend of lyrical, 'roots based' songwriting and instrumental composition. He has built an international reputation as songwriter, composer and extraordinary performer which has led to concerts and festivals worldwide including New York's Carnegie Hall. Dougie's songs have been covered by hosts of artists and his "Caledonia" has become one of Scotland's most popular contemporary songs. His music has been used in Hollywood films ("Last of the Mohicans") and he has been the subject of three BBC TV music-documentaries. Described as " ...a musical hero" (Wall Street Journal) MacLean is renowned for his meaningful, haunting and emotion-filled music. His innovative work has created a modern interpretation of this music but its fundamental values remain rooted in the ancient Scots culture. We are thrilled to welcome Dougie back ... this show WILL sell out so reserve your tickets early!

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

 

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

ATWATER~DONNELLY TRIO

Call in your reservations for our April 13 show with The Atwater~Donnelly Trio to 401-725-9272.

BRT favorites Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly return with Cathy Clasper-Torch on fiddle, cello and vocals to present an engaging concert of traditional American and Celtic American folk songs, a cappella pieces, hymns, poetry, dance tunes, and original works. Elwood and Aubrey blend unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish tin whistle, harmonica, old-time banjo, bones, limberjacks and other musical surprises. Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation and a highly-relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood also explain song origins to give more relevance to the material. Atwater-Donnelly performs widely in the Northeast and other parts of the United States and Great Britain and their recordings receive international airplay. They have performed and researched folk music extensively in New England, Ireland, England, Prince Edward Island, the Ozarks, and Appalachia. Clasper-Torch performs with The Gnomes and is also the fiddle instructor at Blackstone River Theatre.

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

 

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $20 at the door

Sunny Crownover with Duke Robillard's Rhythm Maniacs featuring Billy Novick

Call in your reservations for our April 20 show Sunny Crownover with Duke Robillard's Rhythm Maniacs to 401-725-9272.

Tonight's special show features Duke Robillard on guitar and vocals joined by his band - Bruce Bears on piano, Brad Hallen on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, plus two additional members - the wonderful Sunny Crownover singing and swinging plus the incredible Billy Novick on alto sax, clarinet and an occasional jazz penny whistle. The material is basically '20s and '30s tunes both well known and obscure, blues, and a few cool vintage Latin tunes thrown in for good measure. The blues tunes are of real vintage variety from the 20s to the 40s as well as swinging instrumentals that feature the brilliant virtuosity of the boys in the band. Duke Robillard's resume is decorated with Grammy nominations, Handy Awards and Blues Music Awards, and other honors for his artistry, recordings and productions within the U.S. and internationally. On his latest release, "Duke Robillard and his Dames of Rhythm," he wields an acoustic archtop and joins six women for evocative renditions of 1920s and 1930s swing tunes; it's a worthy successor to his 2016 BMA-winning "The Acoustic Blues And Roots Of Duke Robillard."

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

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
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    or $20 at the door

KEVIN BURKE

Call in your reservations for our April 27 show with Kevin Burke to 401-725-9272.

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970s. Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher, and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups. In the mid-80s Kevin was a founding member of two influential groups – Open House and Patrick Street, whose recordings and performances were greeted with great acclaim both in Europe and US. In the mid-90s Kevin was a founding member of yet another enduring traditional group – The Celtic Fiddle Festival, this time with Johnny Cunningham from Scotland and Christian Lemaitre from Brittany. Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it. This is very evident in his new live solo release, “An Evening with Kevin Burke.” His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland’s Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016, and a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. 

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

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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    or $18 at the door

HALEY RICHARDSON and QUINN BACHAND

Call in your reservations for our May 11 show with Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand to 401-725-9272.

Haley Richardson is a traditional Irish fiddler. Over the past ten years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments and performed at venues all over the U.S, Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, and Thailand. Haley, with her highly ornamented Sligo style perfected under the tutelage of fiddler Brian Conway, is the 2017 All Ireland U15 slow air champion, 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney, and in 2013 won All Ireland Championships in both fiddle and fiddle slow airs. In addition to multiple All Ireland medals, she is a 9-time MidAtlantic Fleadh Champion, winning her first championship in the under-12 age category at only six years old.

With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is recognized as the "Young Lion of the Celtic guitar" (Daniel Lapp). Although Quinn plays a range of styles that include jazz and bluegrass, it is his talents in the world of Celtic music that have drawn much attention. A gifted and creative guitar player, Quinn adds a contemporary edge to traditional Celtic music. His unique harmonies, hard-driving strumming, inventive chord voicing and powerful rhythmic effects make even the most well-worn tunes seem new and exciting. An in-demand sideman, Quinn has also toured internationally with well-known musicians including Canadian fiddling icons Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster. Quinn is also a member of the Jeremy Kittel Band.

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

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $25
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    or $28 at the door

THE KARAN CASEY BAND

Purchase tickets online or call in your reservations for our May 18 show with Karan Casey to 401-725-9272.
 

Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned 25 years from the early days as a jazz performer in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now established solo career and she has sold over half a million albums. Since Solas, Casey has carved out a unique place in contemporary Irish and folk music. She has recorded seven solo albums, has won Best Irish Female Vocalist twice, Best Irish Folk album and a Grammy for her collaboration with Paul Winter. Casey has also been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and has performed with Peggy Seeger, Liam Clancy, James Taylor, and Tim O'Brien. The Boston Globe says, "Casey's voice is among the loveliest in folk music and she's a wonderful interpreter of both contemporary and traditional material.” "Hieroglyphs That Tell the Tale" is the evocative title of the new album from Karan Casey, which sees her return to a mix of traditional and folk song imbued with a modern twist, sitting alongside some new self-penned songs. Casey has also recently spearheaded a campaign – #FairPlé (“Fair Play”) – to promote gender balance in the production, performance, promotion, and development of Irish traditional and folk music. Many performers – male as well as female, in Ireland and elsewhere, have strongly voiced their support for her endeavor to bring this important issue to the forefront. As for performing, for Karan, the criteria has always been, "Is it a good song? I'm always looking for stories that are sung well and delivered with meaning, and that’s what’s most important."

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • $35
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    or $40 at the door

DARLINGSIDE

Purchase tickets online or call in your reservations for our May 19 show with Darlingside to 401-725-9272.

Darlingside delivers a truly moving blend of subtlety, power, outstanding vocal quality and contemporary songwriting. The Boston-based quartet features four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone; their tightly-arranged tunes drawing from the unexpected, including strains of bluegrass, classical, and even barbershop. Accompanied by an arsenal of classical strings, guitars, mandolin, and percussion, these four close friends swap instruments from song to song and offer a sound that defies standard genre classifications. While the band's critically acclaimed 2015 release "Birds Say" was steeped in nostalgia and the conviction of youth, their new album “Extralife" grapples with dystopian realities and uncertain futures. Whether ambling down a sidewalk during the apocalypse or getting stuck in a video game for eternity, the band asks, sometimes cynically, sometimes playfully: what comes next? Hope arrives in the form of Darlingside's signature superpower harmonies, drawing frequent comparisons to late-60s era groups like Crosby, Stills & Nash, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Byrds. And yet, their penchant for science fiction and speculative futurism counteracts any urge to pigeonhole their aesthetic as “retro.” The four close friends construct every piece of their music collaboratively, pooling musical and lyrical ideas so that each song bears the imprint of four different writing voices. NPR Music dubs the result "exquisitely-arranged, literary-minded, baroque folk-pop" and calls Extralife "perfectly crafted.” With a sound nodding to the music of their parents’ generation, Darlingside has established a sound that is all their own.

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

 

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 8:00 PM
  • Private Event

FALL 2019 CONCERTS!

More to be announced!

Saturday, Sept. 28 – PETER JANSON & HIROYA TSUKAMOTO

Saturday, Oct. 5 – PATRICK BALL

Saturday, Oct. 12 – NORTH SEA GAS

Saturday, Oct. 19 – WINIFRED HORAN BAND

Saturday, Oct. 26 – GENTICORUM

Saturday, Nov. 2 – MILE TWELVE

Sunday, Nov. 17 – ARCHIE FISHER