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We are hard at work on an updated website which should be up and running by late February. In the meantime, this schedule page will be the only updated page on this current website. You can also visit BRT on facebook for more news/additions/changes at: www.facebook.com/pages/Blackstone-River-Theatre

FEBRUARY 2016

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 February, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM
ZUMBA CLASSES WITH APRIL HILLIKER


Saturday, February 6, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
THE VOX HUNTERS & LINDSAY STRAW / TORRIN RYAN & KYLE FORSTHOFF
Armand Aromin and Benedict Gagliardi are musically bound by a shared love of traditional Irish music, which originally brought them together, as well as an eclectic and ever-growing amalgam of songs both inside and far outside the realm of 'folk music.' Combining Armand's multifaceted fiddle playing, Ben's humbly self-developed concertina style, and a pair of complementary voices, The Vox Hunters present an exciting repertoire of driving dance tunes blended with an unorthodox collection of interesting songs. Armand Aromin is a violin maker and musician based in Providence. He has studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Limerick, and is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA where he earned his diploma in Violin Making & Repair. Armand also plays with the Boston-based Irish music group The Ivy Leaf. Benedict Gagliardi is from Connecticut and has played throughout the Northeast at festivals, house concerts, and coffeehouses. Ben placed first in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Senior Duets competition with Jon Warner as well as Senior Melodeon and Harmonica. Since 2012, Ben has led a slow session and taught concertina at the CT Academy of Irish Music. Lindsay Straw is a singer, guitarist, and Irish bouzouki player who performs traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles. Originally from Montana, she began to explore Boston's Irish and folk music scenes while studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music. Her debut solo album My Mind From Love Being Free was released in May, 2015. Torrin Ryan is from Attleboro and 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. Torrin is the 2013 All-Ireland Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs champion, also coming in third place overall. He performs at many sessions in New England and also frequently performs with Pendragon. Joining Torrin will be Kyle Forsthoff on bodhran and percussion. Kyle has been playing the bodhran since 2002. Since moving to Rhode Island, Kyle has quicly become a fixture in the session scene in southern New England and gigs regularly with Liam Hart. Kyle placed 2nd in the O18 Bodhran competition and 1st in the O18 Ceili Drums competition at the 2014 CCE Mid-Atlantic Fleadh.

Saturday, February 13, 8 PM, $15.00
BLACKSTONE VALLEY BLUEGRASS BAND
Located in the heart of central Massachusetts, exposure to the heavy metal content of the Blackstone River has produced a number of fine bluegrass pickers! Most notably are Bob and Dave Dick from Sutton. Renowned musicians and celebrated recording artists, this brother combo will wow you with their award-winning picking. The Taylor-Nowlan bass/mandolin combo has been together in numerous bands since 1989. With their own distinctive style, these two crank out solid rhythm, and like to have a little fun too. Put these four longtime friends together and you have a group that has excellent musicianship, fine harmonies, high energy and a true love of the music. Breakdowns and Gospel. Fiddle tunes and a Waltz. This is bluegrass! Bob Dick plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals for the band. He toured for 12 years with Front Range, with whom he recorded five albums on the Sugar Hill label. Bob plays a solid rhythm and adds some rapid-fire flat picking. Dave Dick plays banjo, guitar, and mandolin and he sings harmony and occasionally, lead vocals. He has been a member of several popular bands including Southern Rail, Salamander Crossing and Northern Lights. Although primarily known as a banjo player, Dave also shines on the guitar and mandolin and his imaginative playing style is sure to dazzle the audience. Dan Nowlan plays mandolin, guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Dan began his musical career playing drums with the Valley Airs Drum and Bugle Corps. Dan helped form Central Turnpike, the "Bluegrass with a Twist" band from central Mass., and also played with Rolling Hills Bluegrass. Ken Taylor keeps the band tight with arguably the most solid bass-playing in the New England area. He's also the bass singer in the band. He was one of the founding members of the Central Turnpike Bluegrass Band, also with Rolling Hills Bluegrass and has got a chance to strut his stuff with Blue Union and most recently with Erica Brown, a fine young bluegrass fiddler based in Maine. Blackstone Valley Bluegrass received a great reaction two years ago in their BRT debut ... we are excited to welcome them back for a full concert!

Saturday, February 20, 8 PM, $15.00
ATWATER-DONNELLY TRIO
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 plays regularly with The Gnomes and is the fiddle instructor at Blackstone River Theatre.

Saturday, February 27, 8 PM, $15.00
MATT FLINNER TRIO with special guest Darol Anger
Since its inception in 2006, the Matt Flinner Trio has been performing its own brand of acoustic music around the country to rave reviews. Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles - all with the common ground of originality. Bluegrass, jazz and old-time music are all present here in their ways, along with a dose of classical chamber music composition and arrangement, as the members all draw from their wide array of musical loves, experiences and influences. Call it Americana Music, or New Acoustic, or Chamber Grass, or just call it Great Music ... whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you've never quite heard before. All master composers and improvisers, the trio has become legendary for their ability to almost simultaneous compose and perform new music. Their past two albums have developed this "music du jour" concept-drawing on whatever inspires them that day to compose a new tune and then performing it that evening. Their collective ability to conjure great melodies out of the ether and deliver them in front of a live audience has earned the group a reputation as one of the most imaginative and fearless in the contemporary instrumental space. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the National Banjo Competition in Winfield, KS in 1990, and won the mandolin award there the following year. He was featured on Steve Martin's CD "The Crow," which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. The trio's new CD, "Traveling Roots," will be released in late January on Compass Records. Don't miss the BRT debut of this amazing band!

Joining the Matt Flinner Trio tonight will be special guest Darol Anger. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.

Sunday, February 28, 4-6 p.m., $25.00 (includes CD of music covered)
ROOTS MUSIC APPRECIATION CLASS WITH DUKE ROBILLARD

For all music lovers, not specifically geared toward guitarists.
Every Duke Robillard roots music appreciation class will feature listening, discussion, and Q&A on a wide variety of musical styles and rare recordings. A CD of the material covered will be included in the class fee as Robillard touches upon all types and aspects of the Blues and all of its styles and influence on other music forms. Classes will investigate folk and country music and explore the earliest recorded examples and development of each genre and style from within each form. Upcoming classes will study early dance bands, society orchestras and the origin of jazz and big bands from the mid-'30s through the '40s and much more. While Robillard is world-renowned as a blues and jazz guitarist, he emphasizes that these classes are not solely for guitarists but aimed at anyone who loves music and wants to learn its history, connections and influences. The Blues Foundation has named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" no less than four times and B.B. King said "Duke's one of the great players." Leading up to his induction into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014, Robillard has not only maintained his status as one of the world's finest blues guitarists, he has become known worldwide as one of our greatest jazz players as well. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED!



UPCOMING SHOWS IN 2016 - More to be announced!

Friday, March 4, 8 PM, $22.00 advance / $26.00 day of show
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS

Saturday, March 5, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
RUNA

Saturday, March 12, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
PENDRAGON

Sunday, March 13, 7 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
THE PAUL McKENNA BAND

Saturday, March 19, 2 PM MATINEE, $12.00 ($6.00 children)
EASTERN MEDICINE SINGERS

Saturday, March 19, 8 PM, $25.00
MARK O'CONNOR and MAGGIE O'CONNOR

Sunday, March 20, 4-6 p.m., $25.00 (includes CD of music covered)
ROOTS MUSIC APPRECIATION CLASS WITH DUKE ROBILLARD

Saturday, March 26, 8 PM, $15.00
ERIC McDONALD & WILL WOODSON / RYAN McKASSON, JEREMIAH McLANE & ERIC McDONALD

Monday, March 28, 6-9 PM, $10.00
"Wherever Green Is Worn" - The Commemoration
of the 100th Anniversary of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising

Saturday, April 2, 8 PM, $15.00
THE PRESS GANG / POOR MAN'S GAMBIT

Sunday, April 3, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
Väsen

Saturday, April 16, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
HANNEKE CASSEL, MIKE BLOCK & KEITH MURPHY

Saturday, April 23, 8 PM, $15.00
THE GNOMES