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Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 at the door

FRIGG – Music from Finland

Call in your reservations for our April 21 show with Frigg to 401-725-9272.

Frigg has been conquering the world with a fusion of western folk music styles, leaning strongly towards Nordic folk music, for which the world music media has coined the term "nordgrass" referring to the bluegrass influences of the group. The tight interplay of four violins, string instruments and contrabass, fine-tuned to perfection and spiced with sparkling, humorous live energy has made an impact on listeners all over the world. Apart from relentless touring in Europe, Frigg has done seven North American tours, including a long list of prominent festivals. Frigg has released eight albums. "Polka V," from 2012, was chosen the folk music record of the year and was nominated for a Teosto Prize in Finland. The world music publication Songlines has singled out two of the group’s albums for its “Top of the World” chart. In 2017, the eighth album by Frigg, "Frost on Fiddles," was released. The originally Finnish-Norwegian group has now become wholly Finnish, but Nordic influences remain strong. The delicate and beautiful Scandinavian language has been dipped in BBQ sauce and it is being served fresh with pálinka, to be enjoyed in good company!

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM
  • $16
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 at the door

SULTANS OF STRING

Call in your reservations for our April 22 show with Sultans of String to 401-725-9272.

3-time JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees Sultans of String are an energetic and exciting band thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping mix of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and Cuban rhythms as fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar while funky bass lays down unstoppable grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. Celebrating 10 years together, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, #6 on Billboard (world), and received multiple awards and accolades, including three Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform/ record with such luminaries as The Chieftains, Sweet Honey In The Rock, and David Bromberg. Sultans of String is led by violinist Chris McKhool who was raised in a Lebanese-Egyptian household bursting with music and diversity. When he first heard founding guitarist Kevin Laliberté’s rumba rhythm, their musical synergy created Sultans of String’s signature sound – the intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar. From this rich foundation, the duo grew as they added in-the-pocket bass master Drew Birston. The group has performed live on BBC TV, BBC Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington. Don’t miss their Rhode Island debut!

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

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 at the door

MIKE BLOCK and BRUCE MOLSKY

Call in your reservations for our April 28 show with Mike Block and Bruce Molsky to 401-725-9272.

 
Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century" and acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing." While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, with which he has toured extensively throughout the world, and won a 2017 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Mike is also an active recording artist of original material, folk music, cross-cultural collaborations, and he has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls. As one of the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand and move while playing, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall, using a cello strap of his own design, called the Block Strap, a performance which the NY Times called "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare.” We have had Mike at Blackstone River Theatre playing as part of Hanneke Cassel’s trio but his solo shows incorporate bluegrass, classical, original songs and more! 
 
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Bruce Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents” (Mother Jones) and a Grammy-nominated artist on fiddle, banjo, guitar and song will play a solo set and also join Mike. Last at Blackstone River Theatre with Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Bruce's take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world's most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on Mark Knopfler’s new CD, “Tracker.” His CD with Anonymous 4 was on Billboard’s top 10 for weeks​, the third record with ​​Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny’s supergroup Mozaik​ is in the works​, ​and you can see Bruce on the ​BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions​ Videos​ with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas. Molsky is also Berklee College of Music’s Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Program. 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…" 
 
*All ticket prices include a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge

Saturday, May 05, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $16
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ATWATER~DONNELLY TRIO

Call in your reservations for our May 5 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, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM
  • $15
  • Tickets

BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

@ DIAMOND HILL PARK, RTE. 114, CUMBERLAND, RI
$15 adults, $12 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, face painting and 45 craft & food vendors!

Atwater~Donnelly Trio, Mari Black Celtic Band, Daymark, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, The Gothard Sisters, La Croisée D’Antan, Owen Marshall & Jenna Moynihan, Emerald Rae, Torrin Ryan, Sheila Falls & Kyle Forsthoff, Kevin Doyle Dance Showcase: From trad to tap, Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, Irish session led by Bob Drouin

Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $28
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    or $32 at the door

MEDIAEVAL BAEBES

Call in your reservations for our September 15 show with The Mediaeval Baebes to 401-725-9272.

The allure is undeniable... Seven talented, attractive women breathe renewed life into the rich texts of medieval songs and poetry and their hauntingly beautiful music captures the imagination and devotion of modern audiences. They are the Mediaeval Babes and they have performed before enthusiastic audiences in the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Sourcing lyrics from mediaeval and romantic texts and setting them to original scores using mediaeval and folk instruments, while singing in an impressive array of obscure and ancient languages, the Baebes offer a beguiling musical beauty and outstanding talent. Yet their music defies any traditional classification and people of all ages, backgrounds and musical tastes have become fans of the Baebes. Originally formed in 1996, the all-female Mediaeval Baebes lineup has evolved over the years and currently consists of musical director Katharine Blake, Marie Findley, Sophia Halberstam, Anna Pool, Josephine Ravenheart, Sophie Ramsay and Kathleen Ross. The Baebes sing in a variety of medieval languages including French, Spanish, English, Italian, Gaelic, and Swedish. Their original music evokes an earlier time, but is accessible to a modern audience as the medieval themes of nature, the life cycle, love and longing are as relevant in 2018 as they were in 1418. Their first album, "Salva Nos," became Virgin Classics' fastest selling debut album. Their 1998 follow-up, "Worldes Blysse," blazed to number one in the Classical charts and their contribution to the BBC production of "The Virgin Queen" resulted in a 2007 Ivor Novello award for best television soundtrack. Their most recent album, “Victoriana,” is a compilation of musical arrangements from their collection which are poems by Victorian writers inspired by the Mediaeval period. The album also features the Emmy-nominated theme tune from the ITV drama, ‘Victoria.’ Don't miss their first return visit in five years!

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