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


Tuesday, September 6
4:30-6:15 PM: 8-week session Tir Na Nog CARA TROUPE with Erika Damiani begins

Wednesday, September 7
5:00-6:00 PM: 8-week session Beginner/Cont. beg. HARD SHOE with Erika Damiani begins

Thursday, September 8
5:00-6:00 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog 'NOG' TROUPE with Erika Damiani begins
6:00-7:00 PM: 8-week class SOFT SHOE TECHNIQUE with Erika Damiani begins
7:00-8:00 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog GREEN TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins

Friday, September 9
4:30-5:30 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog RINCE TROUPE with Erika Damiani begins
5:30-6:30 PM: 8-week class BEGINNER/ADVANCED BEGINNER HARD SHOE with Erika Damiani begins
6:30-7:30 PM: 8-week class SOFT SHOE TECHNIQUE with Erika Damiani begins
7:30-8:30 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog CEOL TROUPE with Erika Damiani begins

Saturday, September 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 8-AND-UP with Erika Damiani begins
11:00 AM: 8-week class in BEGINNER IRISH STEP DANCE FOR ADULTS/TEENS with Erika Damiani begins

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 - PRIVATE EVENT

Sunday, September 11
9:00 AM: 8-week class in Tir Na Nog GOLD TROUPE with Erika Damiani begins
10:00 AM: 8-week class in HARD SHOE - INTERMEDIATE with Erika Damiani begins
11:00 AM: 8-week class in Tir Na Nog CLADDAGH TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins
NOON: 8-week class in ADVANCED SOFT SHOE with Erika Damiani begins
1:00 PM: 8-week class in Tir Na Nog TRISKELE TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins

Tuesday, September 13
6:30 PM: 6-week class in TOTAL BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins FULL!
7:40 PM: 6-week class in INTERMEDIATE BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Wednesday, September 14
4:30-6:00 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog Dance Class with Erika Damiani begins
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, September 15
5:30 PM: 6-week class in CONTINUING BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins
6:45 PM: 6-week class in INTRODUCTION TO ERHU (Chinese fiddle) with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins FULL!
7:45 PM: 6-week class in INTRODUCTION TO ERHU (Chinese fiddle) with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Saturday, September 17
1:00 PM: 6-week class in BEGINNER GUITAR FOR ADULTS with Ed Sweeney begins
2:00 PM: 6-week class in BEGINNER 5-string BANJO FOR ADULTS with Ed Sweeney begins

Saturday, September 17, 8:00 PM, $15.00
MATT & SHANNON HEATON / TORRIN RYAN & KYLE FORSTHOFF
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 also gently incorporate the Thai music Shannon learned in school as a kid and rootsy Americana sounds that surrounded them during their three years in bluegrass-haven Boulder, Colorado. Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston's vibrant trad music scene. Shannon was named 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Traditional Artist Fellow. The Irish American News dubbed her Female Musician of the Year (2009) and Live Ireland nominated her Female Musician of the Year 2010 and 2011. She's been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess on Irish flute, whistles and accordion. In addition to his acclaimed work as an Irish accompanist on guitar and bouzouki, Matt Heaton has also received multiple Massachussetts Cultural Council Grants for his work with children. He fronts surf-rock band Electric Heaters and also holds a master's degree in classical guitar. For his creative chording and driving grooves, Matt has been called "a combination of Bill Frisell and Arty McGlynn."

Torrin Ryan is from Attleboro and has competed in Ireland at the All-Ireland Fleadhs held in Tullamore, Ennis 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 and bones since 2002 and ceili drums since 2013. Since moving to Rhode Island, Kyle has become a fixture in the Irish scene in southern New England, appearing at numerous local sessions and performing regularly with Fellswater. Kyle has also shared the stage with Liam Hart, the Vox Hunters, and Lindsay Straw.

Saturday, September 24, 8:00 PM, $13.00
Mentalist & Mindbender RORY RAVEN
Rory Raven is a mentalist with 20 years of experience reading minds and astonishing audiences. Neither a psychic nor a magician, he offers a compelling kind of entertainment unlike anything audiences have ever seen. With a few simple props (paper and pencil, a pack of playing cards, some paperback books, and the thoughts of some volunteers) Rory involves the audience in a highly unusual - and unusually entertaining - experience. Thoughts are revealed, predicitions come true, and perhaps even the spirits are summoned... Rory is well-known for leading people on his Providence Ghost Walk; he has also released four great books: "Haunted Providence: Strange Tales from the Smallest State," "Wicked Conduct," "The Dorr War: Treason, Rebellion and the Fight for Reform in Rhode Island" and "Burning the Gaspee: Revolution in Rhode Island." Frequently Asked Questions: Okay, let's start with that title - what's a mentalist? A mentalist is a theatrical mind-reader... a performer who, using a variety of techniques, is able to produce results that would only seem possible by psychic or paranormal means. And those techniques would be...? They range from a knowledge of subtle psychological principles and the quirks of human behavior, to quick thinking and a good memory. Rory is also interested in things like suggestion, non-verbal communication, and the so-called trance state. And he doesn't hesitate to borrow ideas from the stage magician, either! So is he psychic or what? No. Not everyone believes him when he say that, but there's not much he can do about it he explains. People who believe in the paranormal will believe no matter what he tells them, and those who don't believe won't believe no matter what he shows them. But a long time ago Rory realized that everybody's mind is pretty much made up before they came to a show, so it was a fool's errand to try and convince people of the validity of one viewpoint or another.



OCTOBER 2016

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


CELTIC STONE CARVING IN LIMESTONE FOR BEGINNERS
A two-day class - October 1 and October 2
Blackstone River Theatre will offer a two-day class in Celtic Relief Stone carving in Limestone for beginners with instructor Laura Travis, outside, behind the Blackstone River Theatre. The class will be held on Saturday, October 1 AND Sunday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day (with a half-hour lunch break.) Teenagers (age 16 and up), college students and adults are all welcome and no experience is required. (Note: Laura WILL also be able to accommodate students who have taken this class in the past and want to build on their skills!) A minimum of six is needed to run the class. The course fee is $125 plus a separate $12 materials fee which is payable directly to instructor Laura Travis (includes several pieces of stone, sandpapers, and access to finishing tools.) Prepayment is necessary. For more information, visit the instructor's site, campus.digication.com/lauratravis Relief carving is a satisfying and useful skill which has numerous applications for gardens, landscaping, and creative expression. The saga of The Celt and The Stone is as old as time. If you have seen a photo of the High Crosses in Ireland and Scotland, or British well-shrine covers, you've seen Celtic relief carving in stone. In this 12-hour introductory-level course, students will use manageable scraps of limestone and carve them with an initial, a knot, or an animal motif - bring your own idea or utilize teacher references - and in the process learn something of one of the signature arts of the Celts. Included will be plenty of stone lore, tips for scrounging up materials and tools for practically nothing, and information about techniques including polishing and finishing. Laura Travis has been carving for 24 years, bringing her knowledge and love of Irish and Celtic traditions firmly into her work in stone. As an artist, Laura walks between the worlds of fine and folk art, utilizing traditional iconography in some very contemporary contexts. Travis has shown her work in Providence, Maryland, Toronto, Worcester and New Bedford. She holds an MFA in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and maintains her studio just a stone's throw from the ocean in Rhode Island. She's also known for originating and hosting the Irish traditional music radio program, In The Celtic Realm, for the past 33 years on WRIU-FM.

Saturday, October 1, 8 PM, $15.00
NORTH SEA GAS - Music from Scotland
North Sea Gas is a folk band from Scotland who have been performing their blend of poignant and rousing songs and high-energy instrumentals for three decades. 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 has now recorded 17 albums and played to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada. This marks their 12th appearance at BRT as they tour behind their newest CD, "Fire in the Glen." Their previous project "The Fire And The Passion Of Scotland" won the 2013 Album of the Year award from Celtic Radio in the U.S. as well as first place in the "Jigs and Reels" category for a 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 MacDonald on lead and harmony vocals, guitar and bouzouki is joined by Grant Simpson on high-energy fiddle and vocals. The band received a Gold Disc award from the Scottish Music Industry for their album "Caledonian Connection," which American author, Diana Gabaldon, writer of Scottish historical novels, referenced as one of her sources when researching Scottish speech patterns for her books. Additionally, Silver Disc awards have been received for "Keltic Heritage," "Live from Edinburgh," "Scottish Destiny," "Spirit of Scotland" and "Dark Island." Always a great show!

Sunday, October 2, 7 PM, $15.00
THE NORDIC FIDDLERS BLOC
"On the evidence to hand, pure fiddle doesn't get much better than The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc." - Folkworld. We couldn't say it better ourselves... we are thrilled to have the R.I. debut of this amazing group! The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands who have swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since their inception in early 2009.The band features Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands) - each regarded as leading exponents of their respective traditions. With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music from where they each belong, they have developed a sound that has been described as "unique," "meaningful," and "intense." Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, and riffs and bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles. To date their music has taken them to the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe captivating audiences along the way. 2016 sees the release of their eagerly awaited 2nd album, "Deliverance," the follow up to their eponymously entitled debut album released in 2011 to great critical acclaim. Don't miss an amazing evening of fiddle music!

Sunday, October 9, 7 PM, $16.00 adv / $20.00 day of show
LES POULES À COLIN

Sunday, October 16, 7 PM, $16.00 adv / $20.00 day of show
DE TEMPS ANTAN

Saturday, October 22, 8 PM, $15.00
PEPPINO D'AGOSTINO

Saturday, October 29, 8 PM, $15.00
DAVID FRANCEY



NOVEMBER 2016

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

Saturday, November 5, 8 PM, $15.00 adv / $18.00 day of show
PADDY KEENAN

Saturday, November 12, 8 PM, $15.00 adv / $18.00 day of show
ROBBIE O'CONNELL AND ROSE CLANCY

Friday, November 18, 7-9 PM, $20.00 or two for $35.00
10th annual CUMBERLAND LAND TRUST WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER

Saturday, November 19, 8 PM, $15.00
SUGAR RAY AND THE BLUETONES

Saturday, November 26, 7:30 PM, $20.00
BRT HOMECOMING CONCERT AND SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Pendragon, Ed Sweeney, The Vox Hunters and more!



DECEMBER 2016

Blackstone River Theatre will shut down for the holiday season starting December 12 and will reopen again on January 14.

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

Saturday, December 3, 9 AM to 3 PM, FREE admission!
9th annual BRT HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND FESTIVAL

Saturday, December 3, 8 PM
DAROL ANGER's 5th Annual Keepin' It In the Fam Holiday Show
featuring EMY PHELPS, special guest TONY TRISCHKA, and others to be announced!

Sunday, December 4, 1:30 PM and 5 PM performances - LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED
5th annual IRISH DANCE CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR featuring TIR NA NOG IRISH DANCE

Thursday, December 8, 7 PM
A CREEPY CHRISTMAS featuring JEFF BELANGER

Saturday, December 10, 8 PM, $20.00 advance / $24.00 day of show
AND
Sunday, December 11, 7 PM, $20.00 advance / $24.00 day of show
BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION