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JANUARY 2017

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


Sunday, January 8
9:00 AM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog GOLD TROUPE (performance 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, January 10
4:30-6:15 PM: 8-week session Tir Na Nog CARA TROUPE (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins

Tuesday, January 10
6:30 PM: 6-week class in CONTINUING BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins
7:45 PM: 6-week class in INTERMEDIATE BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Wednesday, January 11
5:00-6:00 PM: 8-week session Beginner/Cont. beg. HARD SHOE with Erika Damiani begins

Wednesday, January 11
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, January 12
5:00-6:00 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog 'NOG' TROUPE (performance 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

Thursday, January 12 (UPPER LEVEL)
5:30 PM: 6-week class in ADVANCED BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins
6:45 PM: 6-week class in COMPLETE BEGINNER FIDDLE with Cathy Clasper-Torch begins

Friday, January 13
4:30-5:30 PM: 8-week class Tir Na Nog RINCE TROUPE (performance 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 (performance troupe) with Erika Damiani begins

Saturday, January 14
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, January 14, 8 PM, $15.00
THE MARI BLACK WORLD FIDDLE ENSEMBLE
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world and she captivated the audience at last year's Summer Solstice Festival. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015/2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014/2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, and 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers' Association Alternative Styles Awards. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, and classical while specializing in Scottish, American, and Canadian fiddling. Mari is currently touring nationally with her trio, the Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble, performing and celebrating diverse styles of traditional and modern dance music. Joining Mari this evening are David Surrette on guitar and Joe Magar on bass.

Saturday, January 21
1:00 PM: 6-week class in BASIC FINGERSTYLE GUITAR FOR ADULTS with Ed Sweeney begins
2:00 PM: 6-week class in ADVANCED BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE 5-string BANJO with Ed Sweeney begins

Saturday, January 21, 8 PM, $15.00
FELLSWATER
Fellswater is a dynamic 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 and Canada. Instrumentation includes whistle, flute, guitar, bouzouki, violin, Scottish small pipes, and percussion. Fellswater has delighted audiences at New Hampshire Highland Games (2010, 2012, 2014), Maine Highland Games (2014), Blackstone River Theatre (2012, 2013 and 2015), Colonial Williamsburg (2014 and 2015) and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (2015). The band has released two well-received albums, "Fellswater," in 2010 and "Thursday Night," in 2013. Fellswater will appear at the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2018. The 6-piece band features Elizabeth Ketudat on fiddle, Sarah MacConduibh on Irish flute and whistle, Andrew McIntosh, a former pipe major of the Stuart Highland Pipe Band, on Scottish small pipes and border pipes, Chris Myers on vocals, guitar, and octave mandolin, Diane Myers on vocals, and Kyle Forsthoff on bodhran and percussion.

Thursday, January 26, 6 PM
CUMBERLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Celebrate the Chinese New Year!
Saturday, January 28, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
Ed Sweeney with Yang Wei and members of YO-YO MA'S SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE:
Sandeep Das, Shane Shanahan, and Shaw Pong Liu
with special guest Lorraine Lee Hammond

Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union
This very special show will be a Celebration of the Chinese New Year as Blackstone River Theatre welcomes Ed Sweeney with four members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble - Yang Wei on pipa, Sandeep Das on tabla, Shane Shanahan on percussion, and Shaw Pong Liu on violin and erhu. Ed Sweeney performs a wide-ranging repertoire of traditional music, ragtime and blues on 6- and 12-string guitar, 5-string banjo, and fretless banjo. Sweeney's 2015 CD with Yang Wei, "What Lies Ahead," a collaboration of traditional Chinese music and traditional western music, grew from the friendship that was formed between the two in 2008 when Ed was introduced to Yang Wei after a performance of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma in Chicago. That friendship grew into performances in Chicago, Rhode Island and Taiwan. Representing a global array of cultures, Silk Road Ensemble musicians co-create art, performance, and ideas. The Ensemble has been called "vibrant and virtuosic" by the Wall Street Journal, and a "roving musical laboratory without walls" by the Boston Globe. Formed by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000, the Ensemble's music is contemporary and ancient, familiar and foreign, traditional yet innovative, and draws on many traditions from around the world to create a new musical language that reflects our 21st-century global society. Since the Tang Dynasty (618-907 C.E.), the pipa - a short-necked wooden lute - has been one of the most popular instruments in China. Yang Wei is a young pipa virtuoso. Yang Wei, a young pipa virtuoso, has been celebrated worldwide, performing for audiences throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. By age 18 he performed as a soloist with the National Shanghai Orchestra. In 1989 Yang Wei received First Prize for the International Chinese Musical Instruments Competition in the Young Professional Pipa section. He moved to the United States in 1996. In addition to performing as a soloist with orchestras around the world, he has toured with the acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble since 2000, performing alongside world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Sandeep Das is one of the world's leading tabla virtuosos. He has composed for and performed internationally with the Silk Road Ensemble since the group's founding in 2000, and is a Grammy-nominated recording artist in his own right. Percussionist, composer, and arranger Shane Shanahan has combined his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock, and Western art music to create a very unique, highly sought after style. In addition to being an original member of the SilkRoad Ensemble, he has performed with Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Alison Krauss, and many others. Violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu engages diverse communities with creative music and social dialogue. As one of three Artist-in-Residence with the City of Boston for 2016, Liu's current project, "Code Listen," explores how music can support healing and dialogue around challenging topics of gun violence, race, and law enforcement practices. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a Masters in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Special guest Lorraine Lee-Hammond has been playing and teaching the Appalachian dulcimer for over 30 years. In New England she is known as a virtuoso player as well as a fine songwriter whose music is infused with a rare combination of consummate skill and quiet joy, qualities that have become her trademark.



2017 CONCERT SCHEDULE

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.



FEBRUARY

Saturday, February 4, 8 PM, $15.00
RHYTHM FUTURE QUARTET

Saturday, February 11, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
THE MATT FLINNER TRIO with special guest BRUCE MOLSKY

Sunday, February 12, 7 PM, $15.00
DONAL CLANCY

Saturday, February 18, 8 PM, $15.00
THE VOX HUNTERS / Mark Roberts, Laurel Martin & Kieran Jordan

Saturday, February 25, 8 PM, $15.00
MIST COVERED MOUNTAINS


MARCH


Saturday, March 4 - TWO SHOWS!
5 PM and 8 PM, $30.00
LUNASA with special guest KARAN CASEY

Sunday, March 5, 7 PM, $25.00 advance / $30.00 day of
SHARON SHANNON BAND

Saturday, March 11, 8 PM, $20.00 advance / $24.00 day of
TEADA

Saturday, March 18, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of
PENDRAGON - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 25, 8 PM, $15.00
AINE MINOGUE


APRIL


Saturday, April 1, 8 PM, $15.00
SPUYTEN DUYVIL

Saturday, April 8, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of
SUNNY CROWNOVER with THE DUKE ROBILLARD BAND

Sunday, April 9, 7 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of
TEN STRINGS AND A GOAT SKIN

Saturday, April 15, 8 PM, $16.00 advance / $18.00 day of
HANNEKE CASSEL, MIKE BLOCK AND KEITH MURPHY - CD release!

Saturday, April 22, 8 PM, $12.00
GRANT MALOY SMITH

Sunday, April 30, 7 PM, $16.00 advance / $20.00 day of
TANNAHILL WEAVERS


MAY


Saturday, May 6, 8 PM, $15.00
ATWATER-DONNELLEY TRIO

Saturday, May 13, 8 PM, $15.00
MATTHEW BYRNE