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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.

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.

Every Monday in OCTOBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM

Free class after you take 10!

Saturday, October 4, 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 16 albums and played to audiences all over Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada. This marks their 10th appearance at BRT as they tour behind their new CD, "The Fire And The Passion Of Scotland," which 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!

Saturday, October 11, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
TANNAHILL WEAVERS - Music from Scotland
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies demonstrating to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better... yet continue to do just that. The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. Says The Boston Globe, "Scotland's Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock 'n' roll intensity or haunting introspection." Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Members are Roy Gullane on vocals and guitar, John Martinon fiddle and vocals, Phil Smillie on flute, whistles and bodhran, and newest member Lorne MacDougall. Three times BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year finalist and nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2012 Scots Trad Music Awards, MacDougall is one of Scotland's leading young pipers. He has vast experience in composing, arranging and performing for various groups including the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, as well as for film and television productions including "Brave" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

POSTPONED: One of Vasen's members has had a family emergency back home in Sweden; BRT has decided to postpone our date until the band can perform as the full trio and are in the New England area again.
Friday, October 17, 8 PM
Väsen - 25th Anniversary Tour!
Väsen is a band people rave about - mere praise doesn't seem to be enough. According to the Utne Reader, the band "treads an enchanted territory between classical, folk, and pop." National Public Radio's All Things Considered puts it this way: "The absurdly broad term world music is rendered useless in the face of these musicians who play with such genuine passion and glee that everything on the globe seems to disappear except their hometown fires. This is local music in the best sense of the term - believable, human-scaled, and fluent in the international language of musical interplay." The musicians of Väsen take the traditional music of their native Sweden and blend it into a delicious mixture of distinctive rhythms, gorgeous melodies, and unstoppable grooves. Mikail Marin plays viola, Roger Tallroth plays 12-string guitar, and Olov Johansson plays nykelharpa, a bowed, 16-string instrument related to both the hurdy-gurdy and the fiddle. In 1990, Olov became world champion of both the modern chromatic and older historical nyckelharpas at the first-ever Nyckelharpa World Championships at Österbybruk, Sweden. The trio has been performing and recording together ever since. They've appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, won the Swedish equivalent of a Grammy, worked with Mike Marshall and Darol Anger, as well as with the Kronos Quartet, and recorded 15 albums, including their latest, "Mindset," which the website calls "the best they've ever released." That same reviewer calls Väsen "one of the best bands in the world." Not one of the best Swedish bands or one of the best traditional bands, just one of the best bands, period. The word väsen has several meanings - spirit, essence, noise. This talented Swedish trio conveys the essence of Swedish traditional music with a joyful noise that is very likely to raise your spirits... don't miss their BRT debut!

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
Paddy Keenan, who has been referred to as "the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes," and "the King of the pipers," is generally acknowledged as one of the most accomplished, innovative uilleann pipers playing today. Paddy was the 2003 recipient of the Irish National Traditional Musician Award. Specializing in a wild, fluid style solely his own, Paddy was a founding member of the Bothy Band, one of the most influential Celtic bands of the 1970s. Keenan continues to tour in Europe and the U.S. and has released several solo albums including his most recent CD "The Long Grazing Acre." Paddy was born in Trim, Co. Meath, to John Keenan and the former Mary Bravender. The Keenans were a Travelling family (the wanderers of Ireland known amongst themselves as Pavees) steeped in traditional music; both Paddy's father and grandfather were uilleann pipers. Taking up pipes at age 10, Keenan moved to America at age 17 to play blues and rock and roll only to return to Ireland in the seventies. After several member changes, Paddy soon found himself with musicians who would go on to change the face of traditional Irish music. The Bothy Band forever changed Irish music, merging a driving rhythm section with traditional Irish tunes in ways that had never been heard before. Paddy's virtuosity on the pipes combined with the ferocity of his playing made him, in the opinion of many, its driving force. Paddy's style has continued to mature in the intervening years since the break-up of The Bothy Band as he has pursued a solo career. Keenan is certainly one of the most brilliant musicians of his generation. In a live situation, Keenan is possibly one of the most exciting traditional musicians in the world. His inventiveness and willingness to take risks most players wouldn't even think of and pull them off, make his playing an endless source of fascination for traditional music lovers and pipers in particular. Don't miss a rare Rhode Island appearance by a true Irish music legend!


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.

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.

Every Monday in NOVEMBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM

Free class after you take 10!

Saturday, November 1, 8 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show
Guitarist/composer/singer Flynn Cohen leads his own band of string geniuses performing original multi-genre acoustic music. Primarily instrumental, they combine influences ranging from Irish traditional music, old-time appalachian, bluegrass, folk-rock, and early music. The band consists of some of the finest and most experienced acoustic plucked-string players in America. Matt Heaton, on Irish guitar & bouzouki, is known for his world-wide performances with wife Shannon Heaton. He has accompanied many traditional musicians of note including the Boys of the Lough, has a Master's degree in classical guitar, and also performs on electric guitar in his Surf band The Electric Heaters. Danny Noveck, on guitar/fiddle, is a noted multi-instrumentalist and well-known DADGAD guitar accompanist.

Tin whistle player Kathleen Conneely was born in Bedford, England to parents from Galway and Longford. The Conneely home itself was filled with music from records, tapes and live tunes and she grew up playing music with her brother and sisters. Kathleen spent 1986-1993 living both in Dublin and London and was heavily involved in the very lively music scene in both cities. In 1991, she appeared with her father and brother (Mick Sr. and Jr., both fiddlers), John Carty (banjo) and Roger Sherlock (flutist) on RTE's "The Pure Drop." She moved to Chicago in 1993 and enjoyed sessions with Windy City musicians living there at the time such as Liz Carroll and Martin Hayes. She moved to Boston in 1997 and now lives in Rhode Island. Kathleen has taught at Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in both Dublin and Boston, at the Boston College Irish Studies Program, The Catskills Irish Arts Week and at the Swananoa Gathering near Asheville, NC. She is joined tonight by dynamic accompanist Mark Roberts (Touchstone, The Sevens, Red Clay Ramblers) on guitar, bouzouki and flute.

Tuesday, November 4 ...GET OUT AND VOTE!

Saturday, November 8, 8 PM, $15.00
Contemporary fingerstyle guitarist Peppino D'Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980s and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for years. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls "minestrone music." Hailed as "a guitarist's guitarist" by Acoustic Guitar magazine and "a giant of the acoustic guitar" by the San Diego Reader, D'Agostino was voted "Best Acoustic Guitarist" by Guitar Player magazine readers in 2007. D'Agostino continues to evolve and grow in ways that would have been hard to predict when he was first showcasing his melodic yet emotionally intense style on his first recordings. 'Every Step of the Way" was named one of the top three acoustic guitar albums of all time by Acoustic Guitar magazine readers in 2008. D'Agostino's simultaneous immersion in the classical guitar and rock worlds, has culminated in his most recent solo recording, "Penumbra." Combining a keen sense of melody with virtuoso technique, D'Agostino has created a style that is as likely to charm casual listeners as to stun fellow guitar pickers.

Sunday, November 9, 4-6 PM, $10.00
We hope you'll join us as we bring back contra dances to BRT! Today's dance features Providence band White Squall - Andrew Grover on fiddle, Ned Quist on guitar and Alice Pace on percussion. They have been together since 2003 and are currently the house band for the Brown University contra dances. Our caller will be Paul Wilde.

Friday, November 14, 7 PM, $20.00 or two for $35.00
For tickets, call Joe at 658-1766 or if paying by credit card visit:, enter "Cumberland Land Trust" and open the Wine Event Window. Your email acknowledgement will be your ticket. Wines will be provided by MENDON WINES AND MORE, Cumberland. Winetasting event includes raffles and cheeses and light appetizers. The Cumberland Land Trust is a private, non-profit, charitable conservation organization run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Their mission is to preserve the natural resources of Cumberland for present and future generations by preserving land for open space. Since incorporation in 1989, CLT has protected 354 acres of land acquired through purchase, donation and conservation easements. The Land Trust applies for grants from private foundations and organizations and from government sources to help acquire select properties including streams, ponds, wetlands, open space, working farms, scenic and natural sites and historically significant properties. For more information visit

Saturday, November 15, 8 PM, $15.00
Kimberley Fraser was born on Cape Breton Island and nurtured within its rich musical heritage. She first began to impress audiences at the age of three with her step-dancing talents. Soon after that she took up both the fiddle and the piano. Like many in Cape Breton, music is not new to Kimberley's family... she proudly owns the fiddle of her great great grandfather, spanning the musical tradition within her family over a hundred years. Though still in her early twenties, Kimberley's career is already a distinguished one having played with Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Lunasa and Martin Hayes. A master at the trio of fiddling, step dancing and piano, Kimberley is a much sought after teacher for all three and has been a long-time instructor at the renowned Gaelic College in Cape Breton. Her CD "Falling on New Ground" won the 2008 East Coast Music Award for best "Roots/Tradtional Album of the Year." Having moved back to Cape Breton two years ago, we are thrilled to have Kimberley return!

Raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, fiddler, pianist, stepdancer Troy MacGillivray's musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne's, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University. For generations, the MacGillivrays on his father's side and the MacDonalds on his mother's side have been proprietors of the Scottish Gaelic tradition in his home province of Nova Scotia. With 5 CDs to his credit, Troy balances traditional Celtic tunes with his own internationally-acclaimed compositions. His CD, "Live At The Music Room" was the 2008 East Coast Music Association's Instrumental Recording of the Year and the 2008 Music Nova Scotia Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year. His recording, "When Here Meets There" was a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook and won the 2009 East Coast Music Association's Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year.

Thursday, November 20, 7 PM, FREE
Ajax - A Greek tragedy by Sophocles

presented by Providence College and Salve Regina University
This free play, set during the Trojan War, will be followed by a community forum on veterans' issues and seeks to bring audiences face-to-face with the emotional scars faced by soldiers who must relive their experiences on the battlefield. The goal is to bring together recent veterans, future soldiers (e.g., ROTC cadets), faculty, students, and the larger community in the region for conversations about how best to assist soldiers returning from multiple tours of duty. The performances are free and open to the public. To register, please visit the Eventbrite page on "Ajax" in Rhode Island is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of NEH's "Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War" special initiative, which supports veterans-related programming within each state and encourages a national network of humanities programming for America's military, veterans, and their communities.

Saturday, November 22, 8 PM, $15.00
CHANTERELLE - Music of the French in America
Josée Vachon and Donna Hébert have embodied traditional and original Franco-American fiddle and song all their lives. Twenty years ago they met and became musical partners, forming Chanterelle with former guitarist Liza Constable and bassist Alan Bradbury. Alan returns with Josée, Donna and her guitarist, Max Cohen, for another wonderful show celebrating French culture in America. Born in Lac Megantic and raised over the border in Brownville ME, singer-songwriter Josée Vachon is beloved of Franco audiences, who regularly sing along in French. Her unabashed 'joie de vivre' is infectious. Josée's long stint hosting "Bonjour" on cable in the Northeast brought her to many Franco-American homes, and she has continued to record and tour. A recipient of awards from the keys to the city of Woonsocket, to a spot on NEA traditional touring rosters like "The Women's Singing Traditions," Josée is an icon within the Franco-American culture. Western Mass. fiddler Donna Hébert, named an Artist Fellow in Franco-American fiddling by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, was recognized by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 for "outstanding artistic achievement." A fiddle instructor at Smith and Amherst Colleges, Donna performs in a fiddle/guitar duo with Max Cohen (who joins them on this tour), Celtic trio Mist Covered Mountains, and the new Panache Quartet with fiddlers Andrea Beaton, Veronique Plasse and Jane Rothfield. Alan Bradbury's Cajun group, Magnolia, are the mainstay of the region's Cajun music and dance scene. Alan's bass, accordion and vocals just make Donna and Josée so happy that it's always a homecoming to play Chanterelle gigs with him. Max Cohen is one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world, the true musician's musician (producer, engineer, arranger). Max also accompanies folksinger Priscilla Herdman, who says, "Max is one of those rare guitarists able to create an atmosphere that supports and cradles the voice with both tenderness and strength." Donna adds that he "rocks like crazy!" Not to be missed...

Saturday, November 29, 7:30 PM, $20.00
featuring Atwater-Donnelly, Eastern Medicine Singers, Phil Edmonds, Bertrand Laurence, Robbie O'Connell, Pendragon, Mary Ann Rossoni & Rick Bellaire
With family and friends in town for Thanksgiving, BRT's 14th annual fundraiser features some of the best of Rhode Island's homegrown talent as well as others who now live in the Ocean State. Starting at 6:30 p.m. and during intermission, Blackstone River Theatre will also hold a silent auction featuring CDs, jewelry, original artwork, Christmas items and gift certificates. 100% of the proceeds from both the concert and the silent auction will go to support Blackstone River Theatre's programming and operating expenses. Says BRT executive director Russell Gusetti, "this is not only BRT's one big fundraiser for the year but it also serves as an excellent sampler as audiences get to see seven different acts in one evening, all who will be performing full concerts in the coming months." Pendragon will act as hosts this evening and will perform a set of their Celtic-inspired music joined by Irish step dancer Erika Damiani. Other featured performers, who are all donating their time, include Atwater-Donnelly who will perform Appalachian, original and Celtic-inspired folk music and clogging, acoustic blues musician Bertrand Laurence, whistle and accordion player Phil Edmonds of the Gnomes, and celebrated Irish singer-songwriter Robbie O'Connell. Mary Ann Rossoni and Rick Bellaire will perform a set of original folk/pop/rock music and the Eastern Medicine Singers will present Algonquin and Native American song, drumming and dance.


  • There will be no BRT classes offered in December except for Zumba on Mondays.
  • Blackstone River Theatre will shut down for the holiday season starting December 15 and will reopen again on January 10. We wish everyone a very happy and safe holiday season with best wishes for a peaceful new year!
  • Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to BRT before the year ends!
  • Blackstone River Theatre gift certificates make a great gift for friends and family!

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.

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.

Every Monday in DECEMBER, $5.00 per class, 6:30-7:30 PM

Free class after you take 10!

Saturday, December 6, 9 AM to 3 PM, Free admission!
Blackstone River Theatre invites the community to our 7th annual Holiday Craft Fair and Festival fundraiser! Please come out and support BRT programming as well as area craft vendors and home-based businesses while you do your holiday shopping locally! We will have 26 vendors on site and the event will also feature continuous live music by members of Pendragon, The Broad Street Fiddlers, and The Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers plus raffle prizes, a bake sale table, refreshments and more. Door prizes will be raffled off from each vendor with the raffle proceeds to benefit BRT's programming. Think out of the box (store!)

Vendors will include: SoulQuest Designs (handcrafted jewelry), Scentsy (warmers, armomatic wax and personal care items), Shaker Shoppe (beautiful wooden goods), The Opulent Squid ("posh and peculiar handmade jewelry"), Ann Lilley Designs (bags & totes made from recycled materials/seasonal decor), Thirty-One Gifts (organizational items for home and accessories for on the go), Laura Travis Carving (Celtic stone carving, rubbings, and Brigid Crosses), Tastefully Simple (Easy-to-prepare foods to help people spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the rest of their lives), BoydHolms (whimsical handmade birdhouses and sculptures), Ducharme Creations in Wood, Tree's Creations (cancer awareness earrings and bracelets), Starlite Jewelry Designs, Reclectic Design (handmade sterling silver jewelry with natural stone and sea glass and silk and hemp hand bags) and more to be announced!

Sunday, December 7, 2 PM and 5 PM, $12.00 advance / $15.00 day of show

Both performances are fundraisers for the 2015 BRT Summer Solstice Festival
We hope you'll join us for what has become a tradition at BRT as we again will host a fun afternoon and evening of Irish dance, and live Celtic and Christmas music from members of Pendragon. All dances have been choreographed and taught by instructor Erika Damiani and will be performed by dancers from Tir Na Nog Irish Dance, based out of Blackstone River Theatre. As she did the past two years, Erika has chosen to make these shows a fundraiser for the 2015 Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival where Tir Na Nog Irish Dance will perform. The shows will be filled with Christmas cheer, beautiful traditional and modern Irish dancing, live Celtic music, guest performers, and will conclude with a visit from our friend from the North Pole! The show will be sprinkled with the magic of Christmas and the love of Irish dance demonstrated by all of the dedicated dancers and their parents. Tir Na Nog Irish Dance is run under the direction of Erika Damiani and is based at Blackstone River Theatre. Tir Na Nog Irish dancers are very dedicated to learning Irish dance traditions and have a great deal of fun while doing it. Erika wants Tir Na Nog to grow so she can continue to spread her love of Irish dance to many students for years to come! If you are interested in Irish Dance classes at Blackstone River Theatre, call 401-725-9272 or visit

Two Holiday performances!
Saturday, December 13, 8 PM, $18.00 advance / $20.00 day of show
Sunday, December 14, 7 PM, $18.00 advance / $20.00 day of show

Sponsored by Navigant Credit Union
Blackstone River Theatre will present our 7th annual Christmas Celebration featuring Aubrey Atwater, Erika Damiani, Elwood Donnelly, Bob Drouin, Kevin Doyle, Russell Gusetti, Josh Kane, The Miller Family, Mary Lee Partington, Torrin Ryan, and the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers. Audiences can expect the unexpected - familiar and unfamiliar songs, high energy clogging and step dancing, ancient carols, spoken word, jokes and more - as musicians and dancers perform in varied combinations or join together on beautiful Christmas and winter-themed pieces. "That's one of the nicest thing about this show," explains Russell Gusetti, BRT executive director. "We all get a chance to perform with each other in several different configurations, something audiences simply do not get to see at any other point in the year." Special guest performers will include the Swamp Meadow Victorian Carolers from Foster, BRT's Irish step dance instructor Erika Damiani, award winning 20-year-old Irish bagpiper Torrin Ryan, from Attleboro, and music and step dancing by the dynamic Miller Family - Ruby May, Evelyn and Samuel.

(More to be announced!)

Saturday, January 10, 8 PM

Saturday, January 17, 8 PM

Saturday, February 7, 8 PM

Sunday, February 15, 7 PM

Saturday, February 21, 8 PM

Saturday, February 28, 8 PM

Sunday, March 1, 7 PM

Saturday, March 7, 8 PM

Sunday, March 15, 7 PM
PENDRAGON - Celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Saturday, March 21, 2 PM

Saturday, April 18, 8 PM

Saturday, April 25, 8 PM

Saturday, May 2,

Saturday, May 2, 8 PM

Saturday, May 16, 8 PM