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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


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

  • We will continue our popular Monday Zumba classes with April Hilliker at 6:30 p.m.
  • Beginning and continuing mountain dulcimer classes with Elwood Donnelly and Aubrey Atwater take place Saturdays, April 4 and 18 (also May 9 and May 16).
  • A new 8-week session of Irish step dance classes (13 different classes including beginner children and adults) with Erika Damiani began 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. and runs through April.
  • A new 8-week session of group fiddle classes with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins Tuesday, April 7, Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9.

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


Saturday, April 4, 8 PM, $15.00
LOW LILY (formerly Annalivia) / TIM CONNELL
Low Lily, formerly called Annalivia, is an American 'roots and branches' string trio which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members - Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen and Lissa Schneckenburger - are masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member's stellar compositional skills and arranging talents, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. The members of Low Lily have individually toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young, Childsplay and Solas, among others. The Noise (Boston) says "An energy that can only be described as contagious. In a word: charming." Northern Sky Radio (UK) calls their music "Richly textured... equally as slick as Alison Krauss and Union Station."

Tim Connell is a rising star in the acoustic music scene and we are proud to have him for his BRT debut! A graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist with 25 years professional performing experience, he has forged a sophisticated and worldly voice for the mandolin in his work with Mike Marshall, Avi Avital and Radim Zenkl in the international mandolin supergroup The Ger Mandolin Orchestra. In the last year, Tim's work with the mandolin has found him trading licks onstage with his heroes Mike Marshall and David Grisman, performing pre-war Yiddish music to standing-room-only audiences in synagogues in Poland, and appearing as guest artist with the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Tim currently lives in Portland, Oregon and regularly performs choro with Rio Con Brio, twin mandolin arrangements of Celtic and other world musics with Jack Dwyer, and adventurous string jazz and funk with Eric Skye. His in-depth study of both Brazilian and Irish music, combined with his earlier years as a professional bassist and pianist have helped Tim synthesize a personal style on the mandolin which is harmonically advanced, rhythmically diverse and brimming over with sparkling ornamentation and romantic intensity.

Saturday, April 11, 8 PM, $15.00
INTERNATIONAL STRING TRIO
We are thrilled to have this group back for a 2nd time... they are one of only two groups at BRT to receive a standing ovation in the middle of their first set! The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. The band also features Ippei Ichimaru on acoustic bass and Jakub Trasak on violin. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1000 venues across the USA and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity. The trio's repertoire includes classical, jazz, popular and world music (Italian, French, Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Latin American, Gipsy and Irish). The International String Trio has developed a unique concert program that is both highly entertaining and educational, energetic and musically gratifying. The group enjoys using the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members - hailing from Russia, Japan and the Czech Republic - to influence its stylistic diversity and unique performance aesthetic. The group's latest CD release, "Appalachia," is an acoustic collection of refined and articulate arrangements, exclusive to this rare instrumentation. Such collective proficiency, both instrumental and conceptual, is seldom seen or heard in today's ever growing market of gimmicks and one dimensional music making.

Sunday, April 12, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $22.00 day of show
MARTIN CARTHY & ELIZA CARTHY
Martin Carthy is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists while his daughter Eliza Carthy has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards. For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums. Whether in the folk clubs (which he continues to champion), on the concert stage or making TV appearances there are few roles that Martin Carthy hasn't played. He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly-composed material. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014. Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 21-year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and Bob Neuwirth. More than most, Eliza Carthy has revitalized folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance. Their first duo CD together, "The Moral of the Elephant," has been nominated 'Best Album' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015. Do not miss this very rare chance to see Martin and Eliza performing together in an intimate theater setting... there are no Connecticut, New Hampshire or Maine dates on this tour!

Saturday, April 18, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
THE MAIRTIN O'CONNOR TRIO

This tour is sponsored by Culture Ireland
If you love Irish traditional music you NEED to be here tonight! Virtuoso accordion player Máirtín O'Connor, just named Ireland's 2015 Traditional Musician of the Year (TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards), brings his remarkable trio to BRT tonight; this is a very rare appearance by Máirtín and the first US tour as a trio. Widely respected and beloved among Irish musicians and fans, Máirtín O'Connor was a main musical force in Riverdance and a member of De Danann. Máirtín has graced projects by such artists as Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, and The Waterboys' "Fisherman's Blues" album. His playing can be heard on the soundtracks of "Dancing at Lughnasa," "Some Mother's Son," and "Twelfth Night." His fluid style and wide musical influences blend perfectly with the fiddle playing of Cathal Hayden, an All-Ireland champion and founding member of Four Men and a Dog. Séamie O'Dowd, a former longtime member of Dervish, is one of Ireland's finest vocalists and guitarists. Individually recognized as figureheads of the tradition, All have built reputations as masters with astounding skill, diversity and virtuosity. Together they produce a vibrant and charged experience that redefines one's concept of Irish music. With sophisticated arrangements and subtle musicianship, they draw on elements of swing, bluegrass, and more. Máirtín, Cathal and Séamie toured the US for three years as members of Martin Hayes's Masters of Tradition, drawing standing ovations for their dazzling sets in venues from Lincoln Center to UCLA's Royce Hall. They have toured extensively through Ireland, Great Britain, Europe, and more recently in Australia and New Zealand. They've also toured with Irish singing legend Christy Moore. Their latest acclaimed CD is called 'Going Places.' Don't miss this. Period.

Saturday, April 25, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits and favorites at our last Summer Solstice Festival! Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast. Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York Scottish fiddle circles. The band's driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. Burning Bridget Cleary has earned a reputation for presenting high-spirited Celtic music at festivals, concerts, and music series all over the eastern half of the U.S., including a 2011 tour to Ireland. While in Ireland, the band had a unique opportunity to visit the rural County Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland." A tour to Northern Ireland is in the works for July 2015. The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, "Pressed for Time," hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ's most played albums. Their music is featured on hundreds of radio programs worldwide, including syndicated programs Thistle and Shamrock, FolkScene, SingOut Radio, and The Midnight Special. In 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated "Top Traditional Band in a Pub, Festival or Concert Setting" by the Irish Music Association. Jack Baker of The Irish American News calls them "One of the most exciting bands I've seen in the last couple of years!" Don't miss them in their Blackstone River Theatre debut!



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

Friday, May 22, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
LEGEND TRIPS: An evening of Ghost Stories and New England Legends

For one night only, we're bringing the campfire and the ghosts to you. From the leading authorities on spooks and legends, witness a night of haunted history and eerie tales from across New England featuring the haunting photography of Frank Grace. Featuring Jeff Belanger, the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the New England Legends series on PBS, the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures series on the Travel Channel, the founder of Ghostvillage.com, the Web's most popular paranormal destination according to Google.com, and a noted speaker and media personality. He'll be joined by Carl L. Johnson, Tim Weisberg, Andrew Lake and Frank Grace. Plus ... this production is being filmed as part of a PBS documentary that will air this Fall! For more information visit: http://www.legendtrips.com/new_england_legends_ghosts.shtml


JUNE 2015

Saturday, June 6, 10 AM
PRIVATE EVENT - PAINTBOX PRESCHOOL GRADUATION

Saturday, June 20, 11 AM to 7 PM, (Rain date: Sunday, June 21)
5th annual BLACKSTONE RIVER THEATRE SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

at Diamond Hill Park, Rte. 114, Cumberland, RI
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 seniors, children $5, kids under-5 free!
Five entertainment stages plus food and craft vendors!
Calan (from Wales) • The Gothard Sisters • Eastern Medicine Singers • The Gnomes • Cassie & Maggie MacDonald • Robbie O'Connell & Dan Milner • Pendragon • RUNA • The Vox Hunters with Torrin Ryan • Irish step dance featuring Tir Na Nog Irish Dance and more to be announced!
Call (401) 725-9272 for information or visit www.riverfolk.org/brtssf


SEPTEMBER 2015

Saturday, September 19, 8 PM
DAVID MUNNELLY & PHILIP MASURE / THE FRETLESS

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