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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.



Every Monday in OCTOBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER

Free class after you take 10!

Saturday, October 4, 8 PM, $15.00
NORTH SEA GAS - Music from Scotland
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 three decades. 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 16 albums and played to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada. This marks their 10th appearance at BRT as they tour behind their new CD, "The Fire And The Passion Of Scotland," which 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. The band received a Gold Disc award from the Scottish Music Industry for their album "Caledonian Connection," which American author, Diana Gabaldon, writer of Scottish historical novels, referenced as one of her sources when researching Scottish speech patterns for her books. Additionally, Silver Disc awards have been received for "Keltic Heritage," "Live from Edinburgh," "Scottish Destiny," "Spirit of Scotland" and "Dark Island." Always a great show!

Saturday, October 11, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
TANNAHILL WEAVERS - Music from Scotland
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies demonstrating to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better... yet continue to do just that. The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. Says The Boston Globe, "Scotland's Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock 'n' roll intensity or haunting introspection." Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Members are Roy Gullane on vocals and guitar, John Martinon fiddle and vocals, Phil Smillie on flute, whistles and bodhran, and newest member Lorne MacDougall. Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He has vast experience in composing, arranging and performing for various groups including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, as well as for film and television productions including "Brave" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

Friday, October 17, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
Väsen - 25th Anniversary Tour!
Väsen is a band people rave about - mere praise doesn't seem to be enough. According to the Utne Reader, the band "treads an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop." National Public Radio's All Things Considered puts it this way: "The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires. This is local music in the best sense of the term - believable, human-scaled, and fluent in the international language of musical interplay." The musicians of Väsen take the traditional music of their native Sweden and blend it into a delicious mixture of distinctive rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and unstoppable grooves. Mikail Marin plays viola, Roger Tallroth plays 12-string guitar, and Olov Johansson plays nykelharpa, a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle. In 1990, Olov became world champion of both the modern chromatic and older historical nyckelharpas at the first-ever Nyckelharpa World Championships at Österbybruk, Sweden. The trio has been performing and recording together ever since. They've appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, won the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy, worked with Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, as well as with the Kronos Quartet, and recorded 15 albums, including their latest, "Mindset," which the website about.com calls "the best they've ever released." That same reviewer calls Väsen "one of the best bands in the world." Not one of the best Swedish bands or one of the best traditional bands, just one of the best bands, period. The word väsen has several meanings - spirit, essence, noise. This talented Swedish trio conveys the essence of Swedish traditional music with a joyful noise that is very likely to raise your spirits... don't miss their BRT debut!

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
PADDY KEENAN
Paddy Keenan, who has been referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes," and "the King of the pipers," is generally acknowledged as one of the most accomplished, innovative uilleann pipers playing today. Paddy was the 2003 recipient of the Irish National Traditional Musician Award. Specializing in a wild, fluid style solely his own, Paddy was a founding member of the Bothy Band, one of the most influential Celtic bands of the 1970s. Keenan continues to tour in Europe and the U.S. and has released several solo albums including his most recent CD "The Long Grazing Acre." Paddy was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan and the former Mary Bravender. The Keenans were a Travelling family (the wanderers of Ireland known amongst themselves as Pavees) steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Taking up pipes at age 10, Keenan moved to America at age 17 to play blues and rock and roll only to return to Ireland in the seventies. After several member changes, Paddy soon found himself with musicians who would go on to change the face of traditional Irish music. The Bothy Band forever changed Irish music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. Paddy's virtuosity on the pipes combined with the ferocity of his playing made him, in the opinion of many, its driving force. Paddy's style has continued to mature in the intervening years since the break-up of The Bothy Band as he has pursued a solo career. Keenan is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. In a live situation, Keenan is possibly one of the most exciting traditional musicians in the world. His inventiveness and willingness to take risks most players wouldn't even think of and pull them off, make his playing an endless source of fascination for traditional music lovers and pipers in particular. Don't miss a rare Rhode Island appearance by a true Irish music legend!



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
FLYNN COHEN & THE DEADSTRING ENSEMBLE / KATHLEEN CONNEELY & MARK ROBERTS

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 & TROY MACGILLIVRAY

Thursday, November 20, 7 PM, FREE
Ajax - Greek tragedy by Sophocles

presented by Providence College and Salve Regina University
This free play followed by discussion seeks to bring audiences face-to-face with the emotional scars faced by soldiers who must relive their experiences on the battlefield. The goal is to bring together recent veterans, future soldiers (e.g., ROTC cadets), faculty, students, and the larger community in the region for conversations about how best to assist soldiers returning from multiple tours of duty.

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
featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Phil Edmonds, Robbie O'Connell, Pendragon, Mary Ann Rossoni & Rick Bellaire, and more TBA



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.



Thursday, December 4, 8 PM
MOYA BRENNAN - AN IRISH CHRISTMAS
featuring Dave Curley, Graham Hendersen, Aisling Jarvis, Cormac DeBarra

ALS Snowflake Bucket Challenge event sponsored by ALSFamily.org and Thomas J. O'Neill, Inc.

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 featuring TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE

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, The Miller Family, Pendragon, Torrin Ryan, and the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers