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Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $19
  •     Tickets    
    or $22 at the door

NEWPOLI - CD release!

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

Newpoli is a group of skilled musicians who specialize in southern Italian folk music, primarily from the regions of Campania and Puglia. Their music crosses through time culture and musical styles. The South of Italy has a multicolored past with influences from northern Africa, the Middle East and ancient Greece. These influences can still be heard in the traditional melodies and rhythms of the pizzica, tarantella and other musical genres of the South. Called “…a brilliant outfit…who grab southern Italian traditional music by the neck and recast it in a dramatic style” by Songlines (UK), Newpoli is a unique group with a powerful sound and a 21st century take on tradition. With exciting interpretations of traditional music plus originals that draw deeply from one of the world’s lesser known music traditions, Newpoli is Italy’s next inspiring interpreter of southern Italy’s taranta tradition. The group produces a mesmerizing sound that melds traditional Italian folk music, Greek and Turkish grooves, and Mediterranean and Spanish accents, while adding a contemporary sensibility they call “Mediterranean Pulse - Ritmi della Terra.” The eight-piece ensemble is fronted by singers Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi and concert audiences hear the tamburello, played by virtuoso Fabio Pirozzolo, pounding out the heartbeat of Newpoli’s music. When the two female singers start up a wild, frenetic dance audiences have a very hard time sitting still as the drama and passion can be heard in every note. Newpoli was named the 2016 Winner - Independent Music Awards for "Best World Traditional Album."

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

 

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM
  • $20
  • Tickets

BRT HOMECOMING CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER

featuring Atwater~Donnelly, Kim Trusty, The Vox Hunters, Yacouba Diabate, Andrew McIntosh & Kyle Forsthoff, Torrin Ryan, and The Exiles!

Call in your reservations for our November 24 Homecoming concert to 401-725-9272.

With family and friends in town for Thanksgiving, BRT's 19th 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.

Featured performers, who are all donating their time, include Atwater~Donnelly who will perform Appalachian, original and Celtic-inspired folk music and clogging, and traditional songs and tunes. Torrin Ryan will play a solo set of traditional Irish music on the uilleann pipes. Kim Trusty will play a set of her jazz and blues-based original music and we will welcome the debut of Yacouba Diabate who is a master kora player from West Africa. Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi – The Vox Hunters – will play music old music from the state of Rhode Island as heard on their newest CD, "The Ocean State Songster." The Exiles will perform Irish tunes and traditional songs featuring Bob Drouin, Torrin Ryan, Kevin Doyle, and Russell Gusetti. Andrew McIntosh and Kyle Forsthoff, both of Fellswater, will play a set of Scottish music on pipes and percussion.

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

 

Saturday, December 01, 2018 at 9:00 AM
  • FREE Admission!

11th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival

Blackstone River Theatre invites the community to our 11th 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 with Bob Drouin, Russell Gusetti, Ed Sweeney, Cathy Clasper-Torch, The Broad Street Fiddlers and more, plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, and refreshments. Door prizes will be raffled off from each vendor with the raffle proceeds to benefit BRT's programming. Think out of the box (store!) 

 

Thursday, December 06, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $35
  •     Tickets    
    or $38 at the door

CHERISH THE LADIES - A CELTIC CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Call in your reservations for our December 6 Christmas Celebration with Cherish the Ladies to 401-725-9272.

Celebrating 32 years of music making, Cherish the Ladies continues to delight audiences with its beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. You’ll delight in the special Christmas music that embodies the beauty of the season – Celtic style! “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy Award-nominated, Irish-American super group formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in a male-dominated Irish music scene. The past three decades have included world tours, concerts at the White House and the Olympics and 17 critically-acclaimed albums including their Emmy Award-winning special, “An Irish Homecoming,” which was broadcast on PBS. Under the leadership of All-Ireland Flute and Whistle Champion Joanie Madden, named by The Irish Voice Newspaper as one of the Top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century, Cherish the Ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing.

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

 

Friday, December 07, 2018 at 8:00 PM
  • $30
  •     Tickets    
    or $35 at the door

LUNASA – Christmas from Ireland with special guest ASHLEY DAVIS

Call in your reservations for our December 7 "Christmas from Ireland" show with Lúnasa and special guest Ashley Davis to 401-725-9272.

We are thrilled to bring back our friends Lúnasa with their "Christmas from Ireland" concert with special guest, Ashley Davis. Lúnasa is widely acknowledged as being the finest traditional Irish instrumental band of recent times, renowned for stunning shows featuring superb musicianship. Lúnasa’s inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. Their recordings have sold over a quarter of a million copies while being hailed as some of the best and most important world music albums anywhere, while their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music. Lúnasa — featuring Kevin Crawford on flute, low whistle, and tin whistle; Trevor Hutchinson on double bass; Ed Boyd on guitar; Collin Farrell on fiddle and low whistle; and Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes and low whistle will be joined by Ashley Davis, a native of Kansas. Ashley has emerged as a leading singer/songwriter in the Irish tradition, performing as soloist for “Lord of the Dance” and named as one of the most influential Irish Americans under 40.

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

 

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

DOUGIE MacLEAN

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