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Saturday, February 05, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
  •     Tickets    
    or $20 day of show

MIKE BLOCK, JOE K. WALSH, and ZACHARIAH HICKMAN

Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Call in your reservations for our February 5 show with Mike Block Trio to 401-725-9272.

Mike Block Trio – featuring Mike Block (cello), Joe K. Walsh (mandolin), and Zachariah Hickman (bass) – is a supergroup of three unique and virtuosic musicians. By fertilizing American roots music with contemporary and international influences, they bring an exciting and personal perspective to acoustic music. Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st-Century.” Mike is a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their CD, "Sing Me Home." Joe K. Walsh is a Bluegrass mandolin player and singer known internationally as an exceptionally tasteful player from his work with the legendary Gibson Brothers band, which the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has named winner of awards for Entertainer of the Year, and Album of the Year. He was the first mandolinist to graduate from the Berklee College of Music on that instrument. Zachariah Hickman is a double bassist, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer based out of Boston. He has toured with singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, traveling all over the world and recording 7 full-length albums. Currently, he is performing as bassist and musical director for Ray Lamontagne.

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

 

Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $20
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    or $24 day of show

WINDBORNE

Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Call in your reservations for our February 19 show with Windborne to 401-725-9272.

Windborne’s captivating show draws on the singers’ deep roots in traditions of vocal harmony, while the absolute uniqueness of their artistic approach brings old songs into the present. Known for the innovation of their arrangements, their harmonies are bold and anything but predictable. With a 20-year background studying polyphonic music around the world, Lauren Breunig, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Rowan, and Will Rowan share a vibrant energy onstage with a blending of voices that can only come from decades of friendship alongside dedicated practice. The ensemble shifts effortlessly between drastically different styles of music, drawing their audience along on a journey that spans continents and centuries, illuminating and expanding on the profound power and variation of the human voice. The singers educate as they entertain, sharing stories about their songs and explaining the context and characteristics of the styles in which they sing. But there’s another crucial dimension to Windborne that guides and roots their artistry. They are adherents to folk music’s longtime alliance with social activism, labor and civil rights, and other movements that champion the oppressed, the poor, and the disenfranchised. Their 2017 project, "Song on the Times," is a collection of songs of social struggle from the past 400 years, sung for the struggles of today. Bursting with lyrics that, while penned decades or centuries ago, still ring true in modern times, Windborne’s dynamic harmonies breathe new life into these songs. 

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

 

Saturday, March 05, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • $35
  •     Tickets    
    or $40 day of show

CHERISH THE LADIES – SOLD OUT!

Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Our March 5, 7 p.m. show with Cherish the Ladies is SOLD OUT as of Thursday afternoon!

Celebrating 35 years of music making, Cherish the Ladies continues to delight audiences with its beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing. “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy Award-nominated, Irish-American super group formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in a male-dominated Irish music scene. The past three-plus decades have included world tours, concerts at the White House and the Olympics and 17 critically-acclaimed albums including their Emmy Award-winning special, “An Irish Homecoming,” which was broadcast on PBS. Under the leadership of All-Ireland Flute and Whistle Champion Joanie Madden, named by The Irish Voice Newspaper as one of the Top 25 most influential Irish Americans of the past quarter century, Cherish the Ladies create an evening that includes a spectacular blend of virtuoso instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing. Joining Joanie will be Mary Coogan (guitar, mandolin), Mirella Murray (accordion), Gabriel Donohue (piano, filling in for KT Boyle who just had a beautiful baby!), Nollaig Casey (fiddle), County Clare songstress Kate Purcell (lead vocals), and Canadian step dancing champion Nathan Pilatzke from the Chieftains!

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

 

Sunday, March 06, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • $22
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    or $26 day of show

TALISK

Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Call in your reservations for our March 6, 7 p.m. show with Talisk to 401-725-9272.

Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending and instantly enthralling— these are just a few descriptions of Talisk and their signature sound. After racing to get a last flight out of Nashville when their tour was cut short in 2020, Glasgow-based trio Talisk are back in the U.S. for The Dawn Tour boasting music from their critically-acclaimed albums “Abyss" and “Beyond" in addition to newer songs such as their latest single “Aura” off their much anticipated third album. As one of the most in-demand folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade Talisk features Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year), Graeme Armstrong, and Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year) fusing concertina, guitar, and fiddle to produce a multi-layered signature sound that has captivated audiences worldwide. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments— but in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and an unforgettable live show. "With a new show, new album, new member and two years of planning, Talisk are ready to give America all we've got and a tour you won't forget!” says Mohsen Amini, the trio’s concertinist. Listen to Moshen … don’t miss this!

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

 

Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 day of show

ROCK HEARTS

Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Call in your reservations for our March 12 show with Rock Hearts to 401-725-9272.

Formed in 2013, Rock Hearts brings together five veteran musicians from Southern New England who love to sing and pick bluegrass, old country tunes, and seek out newer tunes from other genres to “bluegrass-ify.” Since the release of their well-received debut in 2020, "Starry Southern Nights," they have experienced tremendous success on the national bluegrass charts and were selected as one of 20 Official Showcase Bands at the 2021 IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Their videos have amassed 250k views and the band has been featured in magazines including Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today and the Bluegrass Situation. Joe Deetz’s career on banjo spans over 40 years. A New England Bluegrass Boy with Joe Val, Joe has also worked with Back Eddy and many others. Alex MacLeod grew up in bluegrass. With a classic leading voice and rock-solid rhythm guitar, Alex has served as front man for several bands in the region including Northern Lights, Southern Rhode, Back Eddy, and the Iron Skillet Band. Billy “BT” Thibodeau boasts an undeniable bluegrass pedigree and he brings his high tenor and lead vocals, along with his rock solid mandolin and guitar playing to Rock Hearts. Cutting his teeth with his Dad, Sam Tidwell and Uncle Bob in the Kennebec Valley Boys, he would later lead his own band, The Bill Thibodeau Band. Billy currently teaches at Rick’s Music in Cumberland, RI. Rick Brodsky is a multi-instrumentalist who has played within numerous musical genres over 35 years. Rick is a regular on the Connecticut/New York bluegrass scene and has played bass for numerous regional and national artists. Austin Scelzo was introduced to various fiddle traditions at Mark O’Connor’s early Berklee String Camps. He teaches Wernick Method Jam classes, created and maintains the performance venue, the Bluegrass Coffeehouse, and launched the Connecticut Bluegrass Music Association.

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

 

Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $30
  •     Tickets    
    or $35 day of show

TEADA

Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Call in your reservations for our March 19, 8 p.m. show with Teada to 401-725-9272.

A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia. Founded by Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada, Téada first came together in 2001 driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.” Oisin will be joined by three top Irish musicians on this U.S. tour: Paul Finn – accordion, Damien Stenson – flute, and Seán Mc Elwain – guitar.

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

 

Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $20
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    or $24 day of show

MILE TWELVE – Postponed to Nov. 12

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Due to a positive Covid case within the band, we need to reschedule our Mile Twelve concert to Nov. 12. Call in your reservations for our November 12, 8 p.m. show with Mile Twelve to 401-725-9272.

Mile Twelve is a progressive string band from Boston, Massachusetts. Winners of the 2020 IBMA New Artist of the Year award, they have been making waves in the acoustic music community with their seamless blend of expertly-crafted songs, creative arrangements, and virtuosic execution. The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border on Route 93, a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. They've found receptive audiences across the globe, touring throughout North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals) and new members Ella Jordan (fiddle, vocals), and Korey Brodsky (mandolin). Join us for a great night of bluegrass!

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

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • $30
  •     Tickets    
    or $35 day of show

EILEEN IVERS

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Masks are required for all patrons and staff until further notice. Patrons will also be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they attend BRT. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance. Call in your reservations for our April 3 show with Eileen Ivers to 401-725-9272.

Grammy®-Awarded and Emmy-nominated, Eileen Ivers continues to push the fiddling tradition boundaries from a folk music staple to a powerfully beautiful and intensely driving world stage experience. Ivers was the groundbreaking musical star of Riverdance, a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, and she is one of the most awarded All-Ireland Fiddle and Banjo champions ever. Ivers' most recent CD, “Beyond the Bog Road,” focuses on the influences of the Celtic tradition on Roots music – bluegrass, French-Canadian, Cajun, Appalachian, Americana – and how the music journeyed on to become a fundamental ingredient of the American Country music tradition. Ivers has been called "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin," by The New York Times. Her recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional albums and numerous movie scores. A 9-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Eileen is hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World music genres. Eileen’s band, Universal Roots, connects music, cultures, stories and emotions that tie us together …celebrating the fact that we are more alike than dissimilar. The ensemble features Matt Mancuso (lead vocals, guitar, trumpet, fiddle), Buddy Connolly (button accordion, whistles, piano, vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright and electric bass, baritone sax, vocals), Dave Barckow (lead vocals, percussion, guitar), joining together with Ivers on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and live looping.

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

 

 

Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7:30 PM
  • $18
  •     Tickets    
    or $20 day of show

THE KIM TRUSTY BAND - POSTPONED!

SHOW POSTPONED!

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This show is postponed as of 4-15-22. A rescheduled event will be announced at a later date.

Please join us as we present BRT favorite Kim Trusty in a full band setting as she sings songs from her new CD and revisits some past favorites. After studying songwriting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was referred to as “the girl with the golden voice,” Kim has spent the last three decades residing in Providence, crafting and branding her own style of Jazz, R&B, Blues and original music. Joining Kim tonight will be Musical Director George Dussault on guitar, John Cote on drums, Mibbit Threats on bass, Cathy Clasper-Torch on fiddle, Earl Bright on organ/strings, and special guest, Spoken Word Artist Marlon Carey. In Kim's own words, "My COVID relief was writing songs. I began writing in the summer of 2020 and started recording in December of the same year. COVID forced me to slow down and focus and think about what was really important to me – God, Faith, Spirituality, Courage and Strength, Family, Friends, Humanity, and Love one for another. I began to write about all I was experiencing and all that surrounded me. I bring to you tonight what I wrote and experienced through my words and music. Sit back and enjoy these songs of encouragement and hope in these still uncertain times."

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

 

Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
  •     Tickets    
    or $20 day of show

FELLSWATER

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Or call in your reservations for our April 23 show with Fellswater to 401-725-9272. 

Fellswater is a dynamic 8-piece 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, Canada and beyond. Fellswater has delighted audiences at the New Hampshire Highland Games, Blackstone River Theatre, Boston Celtic Music Fest, The Burren Backroom Series, Club Passim and Colonial Williamsburg. Overseas events have included performing at Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. The 8-piece band features Kyle Forsthoff on bodhran and percussion, Elizabeth Ketudat on fiddle, Jim MacConduibh on acoustic bass guitar, Sarah MacConduibh on Irish flute, whistles and fife, Andrew McIntosh on Scottish smallpipes and border pipes, Chris Myers on vocals, guitar, and octave mandolin, Diane Myers on vocals, and David Cabral on cello. 

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

 

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
  •     Tickets    
    or $20 day of show

HOUSE OF HAMILL

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Or call in your reservations for our April 30 show with House of Hamill to 401-725-9272.

House of Hamill owes its existence – almost entirely – to a series of cancelled flights. Rose Baldino’s band Burning Bridget Cleary was scheduled to perform, but inclement weather prevented two bandmates from flying. Desperate to salvage the showcase, Rose approached Brian Buchanan, who she knew fronted Canadian Celtic rock band Enter the Haggis. She thrust a guitar into Brian’s hands, pulled him onstage, and the two just clicked. Four years and hundreds of shows later, the duo was booked to play a closing slot at a Colorado festival, so they hired a bass player and drummer to fill out their sound. By the oddest of coincidences, their hired bandmates’ flights were canceled the day of the show. A frantic Facebook post introduced Brian and Rose to local musician Caroline Browning, who joined them on bass for the weekend. Once again, the chemistry was undeniable, and House of Hamill became a trio. They are now a fixture on festival stages across the U.S. and their version of “Pound a Week Rise” rose to #1 on the US Folk DJ charts. Their latest release, “Folk Hero,” captures perfectly the frenetic energy of an always engaging live show featuring a dynamic collection of original instrumentals, reimagined folk ballads, and new songs that showcase the trio’s versatility, Whether they’re ripping through a set of original jigs and reels, adding lush three-part harmonies into traditional folk ballads, or cracking up an audience with stories from the road, House of Hamill puts on a show that captivates audiences from the very first note. Don’t miss their Blackstone River Theatre debut!

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

 

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 4:00 PM
  • $15
  • Tickets

MATT & SHANNON HEATON – A Take It Outside Concert!

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Or call in your reservations for our May 15, 4:00-5:00 p.m. concert with Matt & Shannon Heaton to 401-725-9272. This will be the first of five OUTDOOR CONCERTS held on Sundays behind the theatre building!

With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of Chicago and Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition. The Heatons are an integral part of Boston’s vibrant trad music scene. Shannon co-founded Boston’s Celtic music fest and was named Massachusetts Traditional Artist Fellow in 2016. Matt has performed with countless traditional music bands and has received multiple MCC grants and awards for his music for kids. Matt and Shannon are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They are world class American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal. “Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious. Still, they never forget that Irish music is, at its heart, a neighborly form, meant for sharing, not showing off." —The Boston Globe

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

 

Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 7:00 PM
  • $16
  •     Tickets    
    or $18 day of show

CANTRIP

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Or call in your reservations for our May 22, 7:00 p.m. show with Cantrip to 401-725-9272.

The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, a magic spell, or a piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in the trio's musical arrangements. Swirling border pipes, dynamic fiddle, driving guitar and three rich voices blend to create a sound that gets the audience on their feet. After 20 years of touring, Cantrip has found a reputation like few others. Echoes can be heard of traditional music from the 1960s and 70s, but the passing years have slowly infested their Scottish music with the sounds of bluegrass, swing, and even klezmer. Scotland’s Dan Houghton and Jon Bews and singer/guitarist Eric McDonald stir the varied elements into a sound uniquely their own!

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

 

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 AM
  • $20
  • Tickets

SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

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Online sales closed as of Thursday, midnight. Purchase tickets at festival gate via cash, check or credit card!

@ Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, R.I. Rain date: June 19

Tickets for children $ 5.00 payable at gate; kids under-5 free!

Four stages of Celtic and world music plus Irish step dance, children's activities and 40+ craft & food vendors!

Atwater~Donnelly Trio • The Mari Black Band • John Doyle & Mick McAuley • NEA fellow Kevin Doyle • Eastern Medicine Singers • Genticorum • The Winifred Horan Band • RUNA • Torrin Ryan • The Vox Hunters • Windborne • The Music of Jimmy Devine • Irish session with Bob Drouin • Tir Na Nog Irish Dance • Mary King • Ed Sweeney • The Broad Street Fiddlers

Sponsored by: Town of Cumberland • Navigant Credit Union • The Valley Breeze • Sound Advice LLC • Open MRI of New England • Quebec Government Office in Boston

Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 8:30 PM
  • $25
  • Tickets

AFTER-FESTIVAL MUSIC SESSION

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Online sales closed as of Thursday, midnight.
Purchase tickets at festival gate via cash, check or credit card!

Gather for BRT's after-festival music session Saturday evening, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Blackstone River Theatre itself, featuring almost all of the performers from the 2022 Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival! The intimate setting let's you relax with food and your favorite beverage while Festival performers un-wind and begin an evening of music and conversation that will make your Festival experience all the more memorable. The atmosphere is designed to create a casual environment of friendly banter just like that found in a local pub. We will only sell 90 tickets for this special event so be sure to order yours right away as it has sold out the past 5 times! Complimentary food will be available as part of the ticket price. A cash bar will also be available.

Advance ticket purchase highly recommended!
Doors will not open for the session until 8:15 P.M.
NOTE: This is a CLOSED session featuring only performers from the 2022 Solstice Festival.

A limited number of after-festival session tickets will be sold on site, day of festival. IF they are still available, you can purchase your tickets at the INFORMATION TENT which will be located just after you enter the main gates on your left. 

Blackstone River Theatre is located at 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. • (401) 725-9272

Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 4:00 PM
  • $15
  • Tickets

TURAS – A Take It Outside Concert!

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Or call in your reservations for our June 26, 4:00-5:00 p.m. concert with TURAS to 401-725-9272. This will be the 2nd of a series of OUTDOOR CONCERTS held on Sundays behind the theatre building!

The group Turas will perform as part of the Take It Outside Concert Series THIS Sunday, from 4-5 p.m., at the new outside concert space located behind Blackstone River Theatre. Admission is $15.00 for the 60-minute concert. Turas features Bob Drouin, co-founder of the Celtic band Pendragon and Blackstone River Theatre who has also anchored the Irish Music Session at Patrick’s Pub in Providence for over 2 decades. Bob plays guitar, bouzouki, fiddle, flute and sings. Amazing flute and whistle player Josh Kane, a member of Pendragon for 15+ years, has competed in several All-Ireland competitions, placing 2nd in 2007. Pianist Rob McConeghy loves playing the piano, be it Irish folk tunes, Old Timey, Chopin, or Debussy. Dean Robinson plays bodhran, percussion, bones and sings with Turas. Folding chairs will be provided but audiences can bring a chair or blanket if preferred. No outside food or drink is allowed. Enter the venue via the gate at the back of BRT's parking lot.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 4:00 PM
  • $15
  • Tickets

Peter Janson – A Take It Outside Concert!

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Or call in your reservations for our July 17, 4:00-5:00 p.m. concert with guitarist Peter Janson to 401-725-9272. This will be the 3rd of a series of OUTDOOR CONCERTS held on Sundays behind the theatre building!

Drawing from roots in jazz, classical, and acoustic instrumental styles, Peter Janson's sound incorporates soft interesting grooves and improvisation. Based in Boston, Peter's music has earned him national acclaim: “the substance of great jazz presented in an original and accessible style." He has performed extensively throughout North America; notably at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Montreal Jazz Festival, Healdsburg Guitar Festival, Argenta Acoustic Music Series, WUMB Music Festival and more. His session guitar work on “Old Black Roller” by Grant Maloy Smith spent 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, including eleven weeks in the Top 10. Peter’s “Beautiful Day” record (jazz/new age) won Best Contemporary Instrumental Album (NAR Music Awards), and he’s had three solo guitar albums in the Top Five of the NAR radio charts. Peter has over 3.3-million verified broadcasts across all media spanning 116 countries. 

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

Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $22
  •     Tickets    
    or $25 day of show

Frigg – Hot fiddles from cool Scandinavia

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Or call in your reservations for our August 18, 8:00 p.m. concert with Frigg to 401-725-9272.

One of Finland’s hottest musical exports, the sizzling Nordic septet Frigg have carved themselves a top spot in folk music with their dynamic, life-affirming, feel-good tunes and precision musicianship. Named after the Norse goddess of love and fertility, Frigg has been conquering the world with a fusion of western folk music styles leaning strongly towards Nordic folk music, for which the world music media has coined the term nordgrass, referring to the bluegrass influences of the group. The tight interplay of four violins, string instruments and contrabass, all fine-tuned to perfection and spiced with sparkling, humorous live energy has made an impact on listeners all over the world. “FRIXX” released in 2020 was their first album since 2017’s "Frost on Fiddles," Songlines ‘Top of the World’ album. Their highly acclaimed "Polka V" — was named Finnish Folk Album of the Year and a nominee for the Teosto Prize. This prestigious award is handed out annually by Finnish composers — recognizing the fact that Frigg almost exclusively perform their own infectious original tunes. This will be Frigg’s third appearance at Blackstone River Theatre and you know they are great when Russell books them on a Thursday ... in August! Don’t miss out!

* Ticket price includes a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge.

 

Sunday, August 21, 2022 at 4:00 PM
  • $15
  • Tickets

The Johnson Girls – A Take It Outside Concert!

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Or call in your reservations for our August 21, 4:00-5:00 p.m. concert with The Johnson Girls to 401-725-9272. This will be the 4th of a series of OUTDOOR CONCERTS held on Sundays behind the theatre building!

Internationally acclaimed, The Johnson Girls have been a force on the folk and maritime music scene for 25 years as the leading all-woman, a cappella maritime group in the world. Believing that sea chanteys and sea songs were the first real “World Music”, Joy Bennett, Alison Kelley, Bonnie Milner, and Deirdre Murtha each bring a special influence to their music. Whether performing chanteys with hair-raising harmonies or sharing tender ballads at intimate venues, folk clubs or packed international folk festivals in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and Europe, The Johnson Girls remain true to their mission of keeping chantey singing alive, bringing women’s voices to the fore, and sweeping their audiences along in a tidal fervor. Join us for this special concert!

* Ticket price includes a $1.00 per ticket restoration charge.

 

Saturday, September 03, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $25
  •     Tickets    
    or $30 day of show

Karan Casey with Niamh Dunne and Sean Óg Graham

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Or call in your reservations for our September 3, 8:00 p.m. concert with The Karan Casey Trio to 401-725-9272.

Legendary Irish folk singer Karan Casey has released 11 albums to date and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning more than 25 years. We are thrilled to have her back at Blackstone River Theatre for the first time in 5 years as Karan will be joined by Niamh Dunne on fiddle and vocals, and guitarist and accordionist Sean Óg Graham (both of the Irish folk band Beoga). This evocative trio has toured together for several years and tonight's show premieres new material developed and recorded since the start of the pandemic as well as favorites from Karan’s back repertoire. The songs draw inspiration from a wide range of sources from the personal to the historical and political, touching on themes of family, loss, love, the empowerment of women and Irish revolutionary struggle. Casey has long been recognized as one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. In 2017, Karan was Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork, toured the UK with the Transatlantic Sessions, performed at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, and toured in the U.S. both with her own band and with Lúnasa. In 2018 Karan helped found FairPlé, an organization aimed at achieving fairness and gender balance for female performers in Irish traditional and folk music. Join us as we kick off our fall season with one of Irish music’s most distinctive voices!

 

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $24
  •     Tickets    
    or $26 day of show

Scottish fiddle champion Jamie Laval with vocalist Amber Rose and Celtic harpist Liv Castor

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Or call in your reservations for our September 10, 8:00 p.m. concert with Jamie Laval to 401-725-9272.

U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Jamie Laval returns for an exciting musical journey through Scotland, Ireland, and Brittany, reimagining Gaelic love songs, rustic peasant dances, and recounting mythic tales from the ancient Celtic world. Joining Laval is vocalist Amber Rose, whose beautiful voice evokes a fairytale-like quality in ancient ballads. Celtic harpist Liv Castor rounds out the trio, complementing the ensemble with exciting rhythms and subtle harmonies.

 

Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $15
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    or $18 day of show

Kerri Powers / Lauren King - CANCELED!

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As of 9/12, this concert has been cancelled as Kerri has tested Covid positive just this afternoon. Both Kerri and Lauren will be re-booked in 2023 as their schedules allow. Lauren will be moving to Colorado in November so we will work to schedule a homecoming concert with her when a date for a visit is certain. Kerri will be releasing a new CD next year so we will make her concert a release party.

Drenched in the emotions of blues, folk and country music, roots singer/songwriter Kerri Powers uses her dramatically dark and beautiful voice to mine the depths of romantic heartbreak and broken dreams in the edgy narratives of her songs. A native of rural Massachusetts, Powers sings the blues with such authentic, down-home grit that you might well think she's from Mississippi. Besides being a consummate chronicler of disappointment and despair, she can also morph into an impishly naughty rebel with a cause, a Mark Twain-like trickster whose wry words and phrasing can also celebrate joy and hope. Says John Apice, of No Depression, “I don’t know where this young lady came from but it’s got to be a secret place. This is not the kind of singing and performing that can be easily taught. It has to be in your spirit, in your blood and the fact that she is from the Northeast is going to confound the artists down South, in the Delta, in Memphis, Clarksdale, Austin, and Nashville.” Raised in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Lauren King is a 25-year-old singer-songwriter with a penchant for pairing poetic lyrics with memorable melodies. Lauren recently won two 2022 RI Motif Music Awards for Best Singer-Songwriter and Best Country Act. King's album "The Wolf is Back" won a 2021 RI Motif Music Award for Americana Album of the Year.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 8:00 PM
  • $18
  •     Tickets    
    or $20 day of show

NORTH SEA GAS – Music from Scotland

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Or call in your reservations for our September 24, 8:00 p.m. show with North Sea Gas to 401-725-9272.

North Sea Gas is a folk band from Scotland who have now been performing their blend of poignant and rousing songs and high-energy instrumentals for 40 years. 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 have released 23 albums and they are constantly adding new material to their shows. This tour sees the U.S. CD release of “A Long Road: Celebrating Over 40 Years showcasing four decades of a band's life, its music, its memories, and its members. One of their previous albums, “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland," was “Album of the Year” at Celtic Radio in the U.S., winning first place in the “Jigs and Reels” category as well for the 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 "Mac" MacDonald on lead and harmony vocals, guitar and bouzouki is joined by Grant Simpson on high-energy fiddle and vocals.