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


Saturday, April 16, 8 PM, $15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show
HANNEKE CASSEL, 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. 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."

Saturday, April 23, 8 PM, $15.00
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!

Saturday, April 30, 2 PM, Children - $6.00; adults $12.00; family max $36.00
BILL HARLEY - FAMILY SHOW

This show is a benefit for the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame
A two-time Grammy award-winning artist and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the RI Council for the Humanities, Bill Harley uses song and story to paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up, schooling and family life. His work spans the generation gap, reminds us of our common humanity and challenges us to be our very best selves. A prolific author and recording artist, Bill tours nationwide as an author, performing artist and keynote speaker. Bill began singing and storytelling in 1975 while still in college. His work has influenced a generation of children, parents, performing artists and educators. Bill's songs are joyous, direct and honest, his stories are filled with the details of daily life - all told and sung from his slightly off-center point of view. "Humor is my weapon," says Harley of his award-winning recordings. Harley's recordings have also garnered numerous other national awards including Parents' Choice, NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publication Awards), ALA (American Library Association) and the highest honor from the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio for his concert DVD, "Yes to Running!" filmed in conjunction with Montana PBS. Bill Harley was inducted into the R.I. Music Hall of Fame on April 24 and is generously performing this Family Concert as a fundraiser for The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.



MAY 2016

  • There will be no concert programming in May.
  • Zumba, fiddle and Irish dance classes will continue!



JUNE 2016

Saturday, June 4, 10 AM
PRIVATE EVENT - PAINTBOX PRESCHOOL GRADUATION


Saturday, June 18, 11 AM to 7 PM, (Rain date: Sunday, June 19)
6th 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!
Atwater-Donnelly Trio • Barrule (from Isle of Man) • The Mari Black Trio • The John Doyle Band • Girsa • The Gnomes • Low Lily • Pendragon • Torrin Ryan • The Vox Hunters • Will Woodson & Eric McDonald • 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