Archive for June, 2019


Posted on: June 30th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our October 26 show with Genticorum to 401-725-9272.

Over the past 19 years the traditional Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the U.S, and Europe and their newest album was just nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards for "Best Ensemble" and “Best Traditional Record.” Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ weaves precise and intricate fiddle, flute, and accordion work along with gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion, and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor, and stage presence always makes for an amazing show. Pascal Gemme (fiddle, feet, voice) is widely recognized as a cultural ambassador for Québécois music. Yann Falquet is one of the most active and creative acoustic guitar players in the Québécois and New England music scenes. Since completing a bachelor's degree in jazz, he has developed his own personal guitar style for Québec folk music. Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. 

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Posted on: June 29th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our October 5 show with Jenna Moynihan & Màiri Chaimbeul and Torrin Ryan to 401-725-9272.

Blazing a freshly virtuosic trail along Celtic music’s historical transatlantic pathways, U.S. fiddler Jenna Moynihan and Skye harpist Màiri Chaimbeul, both Berklee College graduates and accomplished composers, combine their passion for Scottish and Gaelic tradition with U.S., Irish, Breton and Swedish influences. At once raw and refined, deeply rooted and sparklingly new, their interplay teems with ideas, excitement and creative chemistry. They have performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scots Fiddle Fest in Edinburgh, Brian O'Donovan's St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn, and in France. Their debut album, One Two was released in 2017.


Posted on: June 29th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our October 19 show with The Winifred Horan Trio to 401-725-9272.

The extraordinary Irish fiddler Winifred Horan brings her new trio to Blackstone River Theatre for a lively evening of Celtic music with Dan Faiella on guitar and Utsav Lal on piano. Horan was born in New York City to Irish parents and studied piano and Irish fiddle playing at a young age. She attended the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studied classical violin. She has played with multiple orchestras, including the Boston Pops Orchestra, before joining the all-female Celtic music ensemble Cherish the Ladies in 1990. Winifred is best known as co-founder of the Irish super group Solas. Outside of her work with Solas, she is a nine-time champion Irish stepdancer and an All-Ireland fiddle champion, having won an All-Ireland Junior Fiddle Championship at age eleven.

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


TALISK - Music from Scotland - POSTPONED

Posted on: June 26th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Our scheduled show with TALISK has been POSTPONED to a September 2020 date to be announced soon due to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

There are VERY few bands we ask back twice in a calendar year – Talisk is one of them after blowing away the audience in their Blackstone River Theatre debut in September! In just five years, the Scottish trio Talisk has stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and a BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardMohsen Amini – the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature sound that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. Appearances at world-leading festivals – including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections – have amassed a die-hard following, while the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their hotly anticipated second album, "Beyond," in Oct. 2018 was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in "Songlines," praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.” If you saw them last time, you'll be back ... if you missed them, here's your chance!

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



Posted on: June 25th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our September 28 show with Peter Janson and Hiroya Tsukamoto to 401-725-9272. And don't miss their guitar workshop from 4-6 p.m. Details below!

Peter Janson is an acclaimed award-winning contemporary solo guitarist, touring and recording artist with performances at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Healdsburg Guitar Festival, the WUMB Music Festival in Boston, and many other festivals and venues throughout North America. He has had three solo albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts and his recordings have over 1.3-million BMI verified broadcasts across all media. In performance, Peter prefers a repertoire that offers variety rather than concentrating on one specific style, and he presents contemporary solo guitar music that reveals his interest in weaving common elements of Jazz, Folk/Traditional, Celtic, European, and improvisational music.


Posted on: June 25th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our September 21 show with Cory Pesaturo & Jonathan Cannon to 401-725-9272.

Three-time world accordion champion and Cumberland, R.I. native Cory Pesaturo is at the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries of what is possible on the accordion. Pesaturo is the only person to ever win a World Championship on Acoustic, Digital and Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Mass. In 2017, Cory became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which he played for over 32 hours. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music. This vision led him to give two TED talks, develop his own electric accordion, and make the first ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys. Cory returns with Jonathan Cannon who performs regularly on violin, sometimes as a member of award-winning Boston klezmer band Ezekiel’s Wheels. He also serves as program chair of the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA). Cory will also feature special guests Giulia Haible and Caroline Dressler on cello and fiddle!

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


Väsen – 30th anniversary!

Posted on: June 24th, 2019 by Russell Gusetti

Call in your reservations for our September 22 show with Väsen to 401-725-9272.

The musicians of Väsen take the traditional music of their native Sweden and blend it into a 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 and unique to Sweden. 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. On their return to Blackstone River Theatre they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary! 

Väsen is a band people both critics and audiences 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" put 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 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!

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