Blackstone River Theatre Homecoming Concert!

On Saturday, November 28 at 7:30pm, the Blackstone River Theatre will be presenting their 16th annual homecoming concert and silent auction fundraiser!

Enjoy music from the Eastern Medicine Singers, John Fuzek, Robbie O’Connell, Pendragon, Grant Maloy Smith, Ed Sweeney, and The Vox Hunters (featuring the shop’s own Armand Aromin!).

The show will take place at the Blackstone River Theatre: 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI (Across from Ann & Hope).

$20. Get your tickets now! More info at (401)725-9272 or www.riverfolk.org

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Local Listening: Burning Bridget Cleary @ the Blackstone River Theater TONIGHT!

 

Don’t miss Burning Bridget Cleary at the Blackstone River Theater tonight, Saturday April 25th at 8pm!

Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 the day of the show.

 

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! 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.” 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. 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!”

Check them out at www.burningbridgetcleary.com.

 

Local Listening: Martin Grosswendt & Susanne Salem-Schatz / Bertrand Laurence @ the Blackstone River Theatre

This Saturday, March 21st, country blues and folk musicians Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz will perform at the Blackstone River Theatre, followed by Bertrand Laurence, a master of the art of country blues fingerpicking and slide guitar.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

For more information, visit www.riverfolk.org.

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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 plays traditional, contemporary, and original blues as well as an eclectic mix of 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.