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JANUARY 2015

  • We will continue our popular Zumba classes with April Hilliker on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. starting Jan. 5.
  • We are offering TWO NEW DANCE CLASSES - a 4-week session in Beginner Cajun two-step and Beginner Zydeco with Jody Rudnick starting Jan. 8
  • Look for details about another eight-week round of Irish step dance classes (11 different classes including beginner children and adults) with Erika Damiani beginning Jan. 9, 10 and 11.
  • Look for details about another six-week round of fiddle classes for beginner, continuing beginner/ intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced students with Cathy Clasper-Torch beginning Jan. 13 & Jan. 14. A TOTAL BEGINNER class will be offered on Thursdays.

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.



Mondays in January starting Jan. 5, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER


Thursday, January 8
6:30-7:30: 4-week session in Beginner Cajun Two-Step with Jody Rudnick begins
7:30-8:30: 4-week session in Beginner Zydeco with Jody Rudnick begins

Friday, January 9
4:30-5:30 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog 'NOG' TROUPE with Erika Damiani begins
5:30-6:30 PM: 8-week class BEGINNER HARD SHOE with Erika Damiani begins
6:30-7:30 PM: 8-week class ADVANCED BEGINNER HARD SHOE with Erika Damiani begins

Saturday, January 10
9:00 AM: 8-week class in BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE for children 5-10 with Erika Damiani begins
10:00 AM: 8-week class in CONTINUING BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE for children 6-12 with Erika Damiani begins
11:00 AM: 8-week class in BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE FOR ADULTS/TEENS with Erika Damiani begins

Saturday, January 10, 8 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
THE KROPPDUSTERS
The KroppDusters are a group of veteran musicians featuring banjo master Mike Kropp, guitarist and singer Bill Henry, bassist and vocalist Jeff Horton, mandolinist and singer Monty McClanahan, and claw-hammer banjo player Lisa Schmitz. Mike Kropp is New England's premier finger-style banjoist. As a member of the critically acclaimed Northern Lights he performed nationally and recorded with Vassar Clements, Don McLean and Jonathan Edwards. Lisa Schmitz has been playing 5-string banjo for 20 years and is regarded as one of the top melodic clawhammer players in the country. Guitarist Bill Henry joined Northern Lights in 1981 and he has also recorded with Peter Rowan and Jonathan Edwards. Bassist/vocalist Jeff Horton also currently performs in the Pegheads. He was a founding member of the Neon Valley Boys, and for six years in the early '90s he played with Northern Lights. Monty McClanahan is an alumni of the New England bands Southern Rhode and Shady Creek. He is most noted for his lead and tenor vocals in the high lonesome style. The band's vocal blend culminates in beautiful 4-part harmonies augmented by some impressive instrumental work. A great night of bluegrass and Americana music to kick off BRT's new season!

Sunday, January 11
9:00 AM: 8-week class TIR NA NOG GREEN TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins
10:00 AM: 8-week class SOFT SHOE TECHNIQUE with Erika Damiani begins
11:00 AM: 8-week class TIR NA NOG GOLD TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins
NOON: 8-week class in ADVANCED HARD AND SOFT SHOE with Erika Damiani begins
1:00 PM: 8-week class TIR NA NOG TRISKELE TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins

Tuesday, January 13
5:30 PM: 6-week class in CONTINUING 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 BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Wednesday, January 14
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

Thursday, January 15
5:00 PM: 6-week class in COMPLETE BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Saturday, January 17, 8 PM, $15.00
MATT & SHANNON HEATON / TORRIN RYAN & MARK OIEN
Boston's powerhouse duo and BRT favorites Matt and Shannon Heaton have once again assembled an album of smartly-arranged traditional ballads with deep Irish roots and fresh, modern sensibilities. "Tell You in Earnest" is their fifth duo CD and features well-traveled "dialogue ballads" (each song is a conversation between two people, fitting for a husband-and-wife duo). As always, there is bright instrumental work and traditional-style singing from the Heatons. Unexpected additions include mild Thai spices (from the Thai music Shannon learned in school in Suphanburi), and harmony singing and rootsy Americana rhythms. Shannon (Live Ireland's Female Musician of the Year 2010 and 2011) has been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess (Irish flute, button accordion). Matt is a 2013 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant recipient and provides a firm foundation on the guitar and bouzouki. Like Richard Thompson, Donal Lunny and Bill Frisell, he's always searching for the perfect chord. Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston's vibrant Irish music and neo-Celtic Acoustic scenes.

Centered around the admiration each musician has for regional European roots music, Torrin Ryan and Mark Oien create a unique sound by combining the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, Irish fiddle, and Irish uilleann pipes and whistles. Torrin Ryan has competed in several Mid-Atlantic Fleadhs where he's won first place on both whistle and pipes. In Ireland, he has competed at the All-Ireland Fleadh held in Tullamore and Derry. In the summer of 2013 Torrin was named All-Ireland Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs champion, also coming in third place overall. Through the years, Mark has refined his style by utilizing the long bow strokes and agile fingerwork of the Boston-Galway and New York-Sligo musicians. He has performed at numerous festivals throughout New England including ICONS and he can often be found hosting sessions and performing in Southeastern Mass. and Cape Cod.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST! THIS SHOW WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
Saturday, January 24, 2 PM matinee, $10.00 advance / $12.00 day of show
THE DIXIE DIEHARDS JAZZ BAND
Join the Dixie Diehards Jazz Band for a raucus, Mardi Gras-style show as they dish out a thick gumbo of traditional New Orleans Jazz! The Dixie Diehards, whose lineup includes a medical doctor, a retired college professor and an investigative reporter among others, shares at least one thing in common: a passion for the "hot jazz" and blues of the early 20th century. The era, typified by such greats as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton, firmly established jazz as "America's music" and set the direction for much of subsequent pop culture. The term "Dixieland" refers to a form of small group jazz which typically includes a trumpet, a clarinet and a trombone and often a tuba combined with a rhythm section that may include a banjo, percussion or bass player as well as a piano. In most arrangements, the trumpet plays the melody while other elements freely improvise around it or paraphrase the melody in creative solos. The Dixie Diehards have won an enthusiastic reception across southern New England for bringing an irrepressible sense of fun and frolic to their shows. That attitude almost always includes audience sing-alongs, spontaneous dance outbursts (remember the Charleston?) and a spirit of "wonderful nonsense." The lineup includes: Rick Foster on trumpet & vocals, Dolly Fruzzetti on vocals, Bill Dube on reeds, Dale Ellenberg on drums, Paul Peterson on reeds, Steve Shaw on tuba, John Zawislak on trombone, Tom Fee on banjo, Bill Kiesewetter on bass, and band leader Alan Shapiro on trumpet. Don't miss a rare BRT matinee show sure to be fun for all ages!

Saturday, January 31, 8 PM, $15.00
FELLSWATER / WILL WOODSON & ERIC MCDONALD
Fellswater is a dynamic instrumental Celtic music ensemble based out of Boston playing a wide range of music from traditional to modern compositions, drawing from the music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Instrumentation includes whistle, flute, guitar, bouzouki, violin and smallpipes. Fellswater has delighted audiences at New Hampshire Highland Games (2010, 2012, 2014), Maine Highland Games (2014), Blackstone River Theatre (2012 & 2013), Club Passim (BCMFest 2012) and Colonial Williamsburg (2014). The band will be performing at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in 2015. Fellswater has released two well-received albums, "Fellswater," in 2010 and "Thursday Night," in late 2013. The band features Betsy Ketudat on fiddle, Jim MacConduibh on guitar and bouzouki, Sarah MacConduibh on Irish Flute and whistle, and Andrew McIntosh, a former pipe major of the Stuart Highland Pipe Band, on smallpipes.

Will Woodson and Eric McDonald are two of the finest young proponents of traditional Scottish music today. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a breath of sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for its high velocity. Their unique approach, while rooted in the indigenous music of Scotland, is also informed by the vibrant traditional music scene of their native New England. Border pipes, wooden flute, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, and voice fuse together to create a detailed fabric of tunes and songs. Soaring reels and swinging jigs give way to more contemplative ballads, each displaying the organic chemistry of the duo. Woodson is an innovative and powerful performer of traditional and contemporary music on border pipes, flute, and tin whistle. He he holds a master's degree in the performance of Scottish music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Eric McDonald a member of the Scottish power trio Cantrip and is one of New England's premier acoustic performers and instructors, known for his versatility in many styles.



FEBRUARY 2015

Saturday, February 7, 8 PM, $15.00
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY

Sunday, February 15, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
FULLSET

Saturday, February 21, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
ROSSONI

Saturday, February 28, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
THE GNOMES


MARCH 2015

Sunday, March 1, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
RUNA

Saturday, March 7, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
ROBBIE O'CONNELL / CAITLIN NIC GABHANN & CIARAN O MAONAIGH

Sunday, March 15, 7 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
PENDRAGON - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 21, 2 PM, $12.00 ($6.00 for children)
EASTERN MEDICINE SINGERS

Saturday, March 21, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
MARTIN GROSSWENDT / BERTRAND LAURENCE

Saturday, March 28, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
HANNEKE CASSEL with MIKE BLOCK & KEITH MURPHY


APRIL 2015

Saturday, April 4, 8 PM, $15.00
LOW LILY (formerly Annalivia) / TIM O'CONNELL

Saturday, April 11, 8 PM, $15.00
INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO

Saturday, April 18, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
THE MAIRTIN O'CONNOR TRIO

Saturday, April 25, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY


MAY 2015

Saturday, May 2, 1-4 PM
BIKE & BLUES THE BLACKSTONE

Saturday, May 2, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
GYPSY STAR

Saturday, May 16, 8 PM, $15.00
ATWATER-DONNELLY TRIO

May 16-May 17, 9 AM to 3 PM
CELTIC STONECARVING CLASS


JUNE 2015

Saturday, June 20, 11 AM to 7 PM
5th annual BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL!


OCTOBER 2015

Saturday, October 3, 8 PM
NORTH SEA GAS

Saturday, October 10, 8 PM
DAVID FRANCEY

Saturday, October 17, 8 PM
PATRICK BALL