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SEPTEMBER 2014

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Every Monday in SEPTEMBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM (except 9/1 at 9:30 a.m.)
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER

Free class after you take 10!

Friday, September 5, 6-week session begins
4:30-5:30 PM - Tir Na Nog Little Troupe
5:30-6:30 PM - Beginner Hard Shoe for children
6:30-7:30 PM - Advanced Beginner Hard Shoe for children

Saturday, September 13
9:00 AM: 8-week session BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE FOR CHILDREN 6-10
with Erika Damiani begins
10:00 AM: 8-week session CONTINUING BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE FOR CHILDREN 6-10 with Erika Damiani begins
11:00 AM: 8-week session BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE FOR ADULTS, TEENS, 11-AND-UP with Erika Damiani begins

Sunday, September 14
9:00-10:00 AM: 8-week session TIR NA NOG PERFORMANCE TROUPE (Beginner to Intermediate)
with Erika Damiani begins
10:00-11:00 AM: 8-week session INTERMEDIATE SOFT SHOE with Erika Damiani begins
11:00 AM: 8-week session TIR NA NOG PERFORMANCE TROUPE (Intermediate to Advanced) with Erika Damiani begins
NOON: 8-week session ADVANCED SOFT SHOE & INTERMEDIATE HARD SHOE COMBO CLASS with Erika Damiani begins
1:00-2:30 PM: 8-week session TIR NA NOG PERFORMANCE TROUPE (Advanced) with Erika Damiani begins

Tuesday, September 16
5:30 PM: 6-week class in BEGINNER FIDDLE
with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins
6:30 PM: 6-week class in CONTINUING BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins
7:30 PM: 6-week class in INTERMEDIATE FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Wednesday, September 17
6:30 PM: 6-week class in ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE FIDDLE
with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins
7:45 PM: 6-week class in ADVANCED FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Sunday, September 14, 7 PM, $15.00
CASSIE & MAGGIE MACDONALD / BRENDAN CAREY BLOCK BAND
What an amazing split concert to kick off our Fall season! Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act. Their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it as was witnessed when they played at the 2013 BRT Summer Solstice Festival. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their Celtic roots, they explore and test the boundaries of traditional music, bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre with their original compositions and arrangements. Sisters, cohorts and collaborators, Cassie and Maggie have been enchanting audiences far and wide with their infectious energy, driving rhythms and lilting melodies. Born to a family with a rich musical heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, the girls have used their unique upbringing as a springboard for their own brand of Celtic Roots music. Galaxie Radio Rising Star award winners, Canadian Folk Music Award nominees for "Young Performers of the Year," East Coast Music Award nominees for "Traditional Album" and double Music Nova Scotia Award nominees for "New Artist" and "Roots Album of the Year," their accolades and awards speak of a young duo that will surely continue to do great things. They are celebrating the release of their new CD, "Sterling Road."

Constantly in pursuit of the boundaries of the violin, and in turn pushing them as far as he can, Brendan Carey Block has been compiling honors on the fiddle since the age of ten. For five summers he received scholarships from the New Hampshire Highland Games and the Saint Andrews Society of New Hampshire enabling him to travel to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the native music and its players greatly influenced Brendan's style. In 2001 he became the US National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, and is a three-time New England champion. He has been a member of many bands, including The Glengarry Bhoys and Annalivia. The Brendan Carey Block Band includes New England veterans Eric McDonald, of Cantrip, on guitar and vocals and and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and banjo. Together they released Brendan's debut CD in September, 2013. Joining them tonight will be Cantrip fiddler Jon Bews as a special guest. A prizewinning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 1994, Jon has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to his band Cantrip, he currently performs with renowned Edinburgh ceilidh band Callanish.

Saturday, September 20, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
THE ALT (JOHN DOYLE, NUALA KENNEDY and EAMON O'LEARY)
Grammy nominee John Doyle returns to Blackstone River Theatre as part of the exciting new trio The ALT. Doyle, a founding member of the group Solas, is one of the most influential and important musicians in Irish music today. He is joined by flute player/vocalist Nuala Kennedy, squarely part of the new generation of singers crossing between Irish, Scottish and contemporary music, and Eamon O'Leary, one half of the Murphy Beds. Each member is an instrumentalist and singer of the highest caliber, and together the alchemy is unmatched. For one-night-only, the trio will perform their brand of traditional Irish, Scottish, English and American song with stellar singing and exquisite musicianship in support of their new CD "The ALT." Recorded in Madison County, NC and Asheville, "The ALT" is a stunning collection of songs (and a few tunes) performed by three of the most evocative voices in traditional British Isles/Celtic music today. Mick Moloney wrote the following for the liner notes: ...John Doyle and Eamon O'Leary, both natives of Dublin, and Dundalk-born Nuala Kennedy are well-known Irish musicians and singers. Indeed they might be described as veterans as they have they been contributing for decades to various groups and ensembles, and have participated in many recordings with a variety of musicians. A couple of years ago, out of the blue, they decided to come together to do occasional performances and then finally a recording. All three are known as virtuoso musicians and fine singers with huge repertoires of songs and tunes, new and old, and they could have gone in a variety of musical directions with this album. What they chose to do was return to the beautiful old songs that constitute the core of the tradition. In fact the name of the album is associated with mythological traditions rooted in the Northwest of Ireland and underlines the focus on the trusted and timeless. And this recording is similarly rooted. The songs are delivered with great flair and sensitivity, adorned with beautiful harmonies, and accompanied with consummate understated virtuosity where flute, guitar, and various members of the bouzouki and mandolin families weave a delightful tapestry of subtle musical textures that are just perfect for every song. For the tune lovers there are a few lovely selections thrown in as well. What a great first album from three of our finest. It is nothing short of a musical delight." Russell says: This new CD is one of the finest I have heard in years... great songs, amazing harmonies and fantastic musicianship. Not to be missed!

Sunday, September 21, 7 PM, $22.00 advance / $26.00 day of show
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS
The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland's music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions. Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn't even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. "Going back to the 1700s, and as late as the early 20th century," Fraser says, "fiddle and cello made up the dance band of choice in Scotland, with the cellist bowing bass lines and driving the rhythm. Pianos and accordions elbowed out the cello, relegating it to an orchestral setting. I've been pushing to get the cello back into the traditional music scene for years, always on the lookout for a cellist with whom I could have a strong musical conversation, one that incorporated not just the cello's gorgeous melodic tones, but also the gristly bits-the rhythmic, percussive energy that makes the wee hairs on the back of the neck stand up." Natalie Haas was just 11 when she first attended Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School in California. She responded to Fraser's challenge to find and release the cello's rhythmic soul, and four years later, when Natalie was just 15, Fraser and Haas played their first gig together. Now regularly touring with Fraser and creating a buzz at festivals and in concert halls throughout Europe and North America, Natalie is in the vanguard of young cellists who are redefining the role of the cello in traditional music. One of the inspirations is the duo's debut recording, "Fire & Grace," which displays dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and the duo's shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish tunes. The two instruments duck and dive around each other, swapping melodic and harmonic lines, and trading rhythmic riffs. The recording won not only critical acclaim, but also the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. "Fire & Grace," "In the Moment" "Highlander's Farewell" and Fraser's many other recordings are on his own Culburnie Records label.

Saturday, September 27, 8 PM, $15.00
THE BOHEMIAN QUARTET

Pre-Concert presentation on Romani culture/musical styles at 7:30 p.m.; doors open 7:15 p.m. tonight
Experience an amazing performance of gypsy music! 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 Providence, Rhode Island-based ensemble featuring violin, viola, cello, and bass specializes in music of the "Romany" 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. On the aptly titled "Beyond Tradition," the quartet's 2010 recording, the group's intentions are on full display. The project was recorded live at Blackstone River Theatre and St. Paul's Church in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Produced by Harrington and the quartet, the recording is a journey through the musical vernacular of gypsy life, with zippy tempos, virtuosic playing, and above all the flair of performance that makes this music so utterly riveting. The pre-concert presentation tonight is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.



OCTOBER 2014

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Saturday, October 4, 8 PM, $15.00
NORTH SEA GAS

Saturday, October 11, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
TANNAHILL WEAVERS

Friday, October 17, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
Väsen - 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR!

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
PADDY KEENAN



NOVEMBER 2014

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Saturday, November 1, 8 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
DEADSTRING ENSEMBLE

Saturday, November 8, 8 PM, $15.00
PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO

Friday, November 14
CUMBERLAND LAND TRUST WINETASTING FUNDRAISER

Saturday, November 15, 8 PM, $15.00
KIMBERLEY FRASER & MAC MORIN

Saturday, November 22, 8 PM, $15.00
CHANTERELLE featuring Josee Vachon

Saturday, November 29, 7:30 PM, $20.00
BRT HOMECOMING CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION



DECEMBER 2014

NOTE: If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means: If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the day of the show, you will pay the day of show price.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS, CALL BRT AT: 401-725-9272
Leave your name, number of tickets desired, for which show, your phone number and please let us know if you would like a confirmation phone call.



Saturday, December 6, 9 AM to 3 PM, Free!
BRT HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND FESTIVAL

Sunday, December 7, 2 PM and 5 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
IRISH DANCE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Saturday, December 13, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
AND
Sunday, December 14, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Pendragon, Torrin Ryan, and the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers