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FEBRUARY 2015

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba classes with April Hilliker at 6:30 p.m.
  • We are offering a six-week session of continuing tin whistle on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and continuing 5-string banjo at 7:30 p.m. with Aubrey Atwater starting Feb. 26.
  • Irish step dance classes (13 different classes including beginner children and adults) with Erika Damiani continues Fridays 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, and Sundays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Fiddle classes for beginner, continuing beginner/ intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced students with Cathy Clasper-Torch continues through Feb. 24 and Feb. 25

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


Due to snow/ice forecast, tonight's show will be RESCHEDULED TO THE FALL!
Saturday, February 21, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
ROSSONI
Providence performing songwriter Mary Ann Rossoni's slightly smokey voice conveys incredible depth and meaning without trying to impress you. She uses it gently, but always with character and attention to the words she is singing. In addition to also being a visual artist, she is an avid reader and this is reflected in many literary references in her lyrics. Rossoni turns her affinity for ordinary people into beautiful portraits of people in moments of meaning and discovery. After 30 years of touring nationally, RI songwriter Mary Ann Rossoni is now back to her roots with the recent release of her newest album, "Edentown." Mary Ann is a two-time chair and founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association, now in its 20th year, and is also on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. Born and raised in Johnston, RI, and after years of touring in Fuzek Rossoni, with Rossoni, and also with the Rossonians, Mary Ann is now back to her roots. She says, "It's all about the song," and she remains very active in the songwriting process. To this day, Mary Ann does not record a song without first running the tune by her RISA critique pals. Tonight, Mary Ann will perform solo, in duo settings and also as a band featuring Mederick Bellaire on guitars, mandolin and vocals; Jeff Keithline on stand-up bass and vocals, Paul Dube on harp and accordion, Matt Dube on percussion, and Betsy Ritz on violin.

Sunday, February 22, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
FULLSET

Funding for FullSet's tour provided by Culture Ireland
FullSet are one of Ireland's most accomplished and sought-after bands in Irish traditional music today. This young and exciting group creates a sound that is full of energy and innovation, while remaining true to their traditional roots. FullSet have received much critical acclaim in recent years, even being compared to super groups such as Danú and Altan by respected Irish Music Magazine. Their meteoric rise in the music world began when they received the "Best New Group Award" from well-respected Irish American News. Following the tremendous success of their debut album "Notes At Liberty," the group's profile was further raised with the release of their follow-up, "Notes After Dark" in 2013, named "Album of the Year" by US radio program "Celtic Connections." FullSet is comprised of six of the most talented and versatile young musicians in the traditional Irish music scene today - Michael Harrison on fiddle, Martino Vacca on uilleann pipes, Eamonn Moloney on bodhrán, Andy Meaney on guitar, and vocalist, accordionist and dancer Marianne Knight. (Janine Redmond is not able to be on this tour.) FullSet have performed at some of the most prestigious Celtic and world music festivals across North America and Europe and have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in folk and world music. FullSet's ability to showcase Irish music, song and dance of the highest quality in an energetic and fun-filled manner has proved immensely successful as they continue to thrill audiences around the world. 2015 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year for the group with work on their third studio album having already begun. Don't miss their BRT debut!

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

Special appearance by members of The Broad Street Fiddlers
The Gnomes special brand of World-Folk-Fusion is sure to get you on your feet and dancing! The band features Phil Edmonds (Irish whistle and button accordion); Cathy Clasper-Torch (fiddle, keyboard, er-hu, vocals); Mike Fischman (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, vocals); Peter Breen (bass, vocals); and Matt Niebels (percussion/drums). Together they combine their varied and extensive musical backgrounds into arrangements that have been described as "exotic, fresh, and unique." Instrumentation includes fiddle, Irish whistles, er-hu, accordion, guitar, mandolin, bass, percussion, keyboard, and vocals. Their spirited music takes you around the world, encompassing Celtic, klezmer, Scandinavian, Carribean, Asian and Latin styles. Winners of the 2008 and 2012 Motif Magazine Music Award for Folk/World performance, you can't help but "Get Gnomed" when you hear them play!



MARCH 2015

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba classes with April Hilliker at 6:30 p.m.
  • Continuing tin whistle on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and continuing 5-string banjo at 7:30 p.m. with Aubrey Atwater continues in March.
  • A new 8-week session of Irish step dance classes (13 different classes including beginner children and adults) with Erika Damiani begins Friday, March 27, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, March 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

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


Sunday, March 1, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
RUNA
RUNA burst onto the Celtic music scene during the summer of 2008 and has been taking audiences by storm ever since. Drawing on the diverse musical backgrounds of its band members, RUNA brings a contemporary and refreshing experience to traditional and more recently composed Celtic material. Through their repertoire of both highly energetic and graceful, acoustic melodies, along with their fusion of music from Ireland, Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Canada, and the U.S., this vocal and instrumental ensemble gives its arrangements of traditional songs and tunes a fresh sound. Vocalist and step-dancer Shannon Lambert-Ryan, from Philadelphia, has a broad musical background including Celtic, folk, classical, and musical theatre and fronts RUNA with rich, vibrant vocals. She co-founded RUNA with her husband, Dublin-born guitarist and composer, Fionán de Barra, who started playing guitar professionally with "Riverdance" and has worked as musical director for Moya Brennan (of Clannad) and her band. Percussionist Cheryl Prashker studied classical percussion at McGill University in her native Montreal, Canada. She now lives in Philadelphia and has a well-deserved reputation as a "go-to"percussionist for folk recordings. They are joined by Galway's Dave Curley, a singer, dancer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bodhrán) and the brilliant Kentucky fiddler, Maggie Estes White. RUNA's most recent recording "Current Affairs" has received lavish praise on both sides of the Atlantic. They were recognized on an international level by winning "Top Group" and "Top Traditional Group" in the Irish Music Awards and in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards, winning both the fan ballot and judges' votes for "Best Song" in the World Traditional category. The band also appeared as the featured Cover Artist in the October, 2014 Issue of Irish Music Magazine. Don't miss this amazing group as we kick off St. Patrick's Month!

Saturday, March 7, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
ROBBIE O'CONNELL / CAITLIN NIC GABHANN & CIARAN O MAONAIGH
THIS will be an amazing night of Irish music as we welcome back BRT favorite Robbie O'Connell in a rare solo performance as well as present the return of a dynamic fiddle/concertina duo from Ireland that brought the house down last year! Singer-songwriter Robbie O'Connell was born in Waterford, Ireland, and grew up in Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary. In 1977, he joined the legendary Clancy Brothers with whom he recorded 3 albums. With the 1982 release of his first solo album Robbie emerged as an artist of major stature. Soon after, he began touring with Mick Moloney and Jimmy Keane, and also with Eileen Ivers and Seamus Egan in the Green Fields of America. He has earned international acclaim as a singer-songwriter by making it quite clear that there's more to being Irish than filling stereotypes. The Boston Globe describes Robbie as "a writer of timeless-sounding, emotionally powerful and often hilarious songs" and places him "among the most respected guitarists, singer and songwriters in Celtic music." Says Robbie, "Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán O Maonaigh are two of the finest instrumentalists on the Irish traditional scene. Individually they are stunning but together they bring a freshness and excitement to the music that is uniquely their own." Three times winner of the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil on concertina, Caitlín is a regular performer at festivals and in concert halls from North America all the way to Asia. She is also an accomplished dancer and in 2009, joined Riverdance as troupe dancer. Her debut solo CD release, "Caitlín," was voted the 2012 'CD of the Year' award by tradconnect.com as well as being labelled the 'top Irish traditional album of 2012' by The Wall Street Journal. Caitlín is currently concentrating on musical collaborations with the award-winning fiddle player and documentary maker, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, a nephew of Altan's celebrated fiddle player and lead singer Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, and a brilliant fiddle player in the Donegal style who released a remarkable solo CD a few years ago. They'll be celebrating the release of their first duo album on this tour. Not to be missed!

Sunday, March 15, 7 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
PENDRAGON & FRIENDS - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. For 31 years, Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon is step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and tenor banjo, Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina, Josh Kane on flute and whistles and Mary Lee Partington on vocals. They will be joined tonight by uilleann piper Torrin Ryan and guest dancer Erika Damiani. Pendragon's music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River. The band performs their original songs and dance tunes on an exciting combination of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, concertina, banjo, guitar, whistle, and percussion. Past tributes include three straight Boston Music Award nominations for Outstanding Celtic Act and a Governor's Tourism Award. Pendragon was voted Rhode Island's Best Celtic Act in the 2013 and 2005-2011 Motif Magazine's Best Music Poll. Pendragon has also been voted Best Local Folk Act of the Year in the Providence Phoenix' Best Music Poll eight times.

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

Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union
The Eastern Medicine Singers are an Algonquin drum group from Providence, RI, dedicated to keeping the eastern woodlands native american culture alive. The drum group is made up of RI, NY, NJ & Southeastern Massachusetts Tribes and they take pride in drumming and singing in the language of Massachusett and Wampanoag dialect. The Eastern Medicine Singers, led by Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, create new music and combine stories and culture into the drum experience. Eastern Medicine Singers started in 2008 to support the NAPEWA Native Youth Program at the RI Indian Council in Providence. They have played at the 2013 Summer Solstice Festival, the Providence Art Club, RI Department of Tourism, RI State Council on the Arts, NH Intertribal Council Powwows, Ramapough Nation, Mashantucket Pequot Nation, Nipmuc Nation, Woonsocket Autumnfest, and many others. A great afternoon of drumming, song, stories and culture for the whole family!

Saturday, March 21, 8 PM, $13.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
MARTIN GROSSWENDT & SUSANNE SALEM-SCHATZ / BERTRAND LAURENCE
We are thrilled to pair two BRT favorites who play amazing blues and country blues but so much more! Martin Grosswendt has been exploring the roots and branches of American acoustic music for more than 40 years. Musicians and critics have called him, among other things, a national treasure and a rumor in his own time. In fact, a single label can't do justice to Martin's dynamic musical talents. An extraordinary instrumentalist and powerful singer best known as an interpreter of 1920s and '30s blues, his mastery of numerous regional styles on guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, and fiddle make his concerts events that audiences don't soon forget. His performances encompass the breadth and depth of Southern roots music, from classic Delta and East Coast blues to early country music to Creole and Cajun music. His love for a good song also moves him to perform material from such modern songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and Richard Thompson. In addition to his teaching and solo work, Martin performs frequently as a duo with the remarkable singer Susanne Salem-Schatz who will also perform tonight. Martin plays and sings with Salem-Schatz in the Boston-based band Honky Tonk Masquerade.

Bertrand Laurence is a master of the art of country blues fingerpicking and slide guitar, but he's no purist. His live shows featuring traditional, contemporary, and original blues are full of surprises including swing tunes, jump blues, ragtime, boogie, bluesy show tunes, rockabilly,... even blues sung in French! Inspired by childhood heroes, Laurence tries to recapture in his music the exuberance of Jelly Roll Morton and the rocking guitar style of Big Bill Broonzy. Having spent a number of years as a performance artist, Laurence also knows how to put on a show and his time working at a homeless shelter also taught him the healing power of the blues. "I like to focus on the upside of the blues," he says. "I'm into joy and celebration." His CD, "La Vie en Bleu" shows Laurence at his best, fingerpicking his way through a diverse collection of intrumentals on six-string, twelve-string and slide guitar, and singing blues in both English and French. Audiences all over have responded with warmth to Bertrand's performances; tonight is a great chance to see what all the fuss is about!

Saturday, March 28, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
HANNEKE CASSEL with MIKE BLOCK & KEITH MURPHY
Former U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Hanneke Cassel will team up with virtuoso contemporary cellist Mike Block and guitarist Keith Murphy to bring you a night of innovative Scottish and Irish fiddle music and songs from Eastern Canada and Quebec. Hanneke and Mike are at the forefront of the contemporary fiddle / cello scenes in America... playing and composing new tunes that retain the integrity and soul of traditional music. "Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel's playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and China. Hanneke's latest release, "Dot the Dragon's Eyes," features an all-star cast of musicians. Influences from Scotland to China, along with grooves and musical innovations from the hip Boston bluegrass/Americana scene, fuse together to create a uniquely American approach to Scottish music. A native of Newfoundland, singer/guitarist Keith Murphy, known for his work with Nightingale, Childsplay and Assembly, has a sophisticated approach to old ballads and songs, and fills out fiddle tunes with his grooving guitar style as well as contributing great songs. Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century," Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator. While still studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio, which he played in for over three years. Mike has also toured extensively with Darol Anger's Republic of Strings and The Knights orchestra. After becoming one of the first wave of cellists to adopt a strap in order to stand while playing, Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall, which the NY Times called "Breathless ... Half dance, half dare."



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

Sunday, April 12, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
MARTIN CARTHY & ELIZA CARTHY

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 9, 8 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
LONGSHOT VOODOO / CROCODILE RIVER MUSIC
DRUM WORKSHOP WITH WEST AFRICAN DRUMMERS 4-5 PM, $10.00
DRUM WORKSHOP AND CONCERT - $18.00 ADVANCE PRICE

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!


SEPTEMBER 2015

Saturday, September 26, 8 PM
THE BEE EATERS


OCTOBER 2015

Saturday, October 3, 8 PM
NORTH SEA GAS

Saturday, October 10, 8 PM
DAVID FRANCEY

Saturday, October 17, 8 PM
PATRICK BALL

Saturday, October 24, 8 PM
SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETONES


NOVEMBER 2015

Saturday, November 7, 8 PM
RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET