Dedicated to songwriters in Rhode Island, the festival will feature some of the area's best in an acoustic setting. Enjoy a weekend of music ranging from Americana to folk with hints of jazz and pop. Music will start at 8pm both Friday and Saturday night. Seating is limited so get your tickets early!
Friday May 16th & Saturday May 17th | 8-11pm Theatre 82 | 82 Rolfe Square, Cranston
$7 per night | $10 at door $10 weekend* | $15 at door *For WEEKEND passes, enter promotional code "WEEKEND" when buying tickets to secure the weekend rate!
Steve Allain is a classically trained musician with years of playing in a variety of different groups, which include not only classical ensembles but rock bands, jazz quartets, and plenty of solo engagements. Always looking to expand his musical horizons, Steve has spent the last several years focusing on the art of songwriting. He has played throughout the United States including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, St Louis, and Boston. Steve has been praised for his excellent musicianship and soulful voice.
"She evokes, in me, feeling reminiscent of my first first encounters with a James Taylor, a Janis Ian or a Sheryl Crow. Honest and delicate musings coupled with authorities well crafted vocals and lush instrumentation, a quality of production that stirs the heart and Goosebumps the flesh." - Musician Ed Talbot
G.W. Mercure is a singer-songwriter, guitar player and singer from Providence, Rhode Island. He is a member of The Benedictions, winners of the 2010 Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll for Best Roots Act, and nominated in the category again in 2011 by The Phoenix and by Motif Magazine. Mercure appears on the band's debut full-length, The Benedictions Play Devil Music, released in June, 2010, to critical acclaim, landing on the Providence Phoenix's list of the year's ten best albums and lauded by The Noise-Boston. The band was also featured on a 2010 compilation album by Essente Music Group, and are currently the subject of a music business course at Bryant University.
Originally hailing from Pittsburgh, Tracie Potochnik now makes her home in Providence, Rhode Island. She is known for blending simple arrangements with sophisticated lyrical storytelling, and brings three chords, the truth, and occasionally a mandolin to her shows. Her EP, Homespun Recordings Vol. 1, is available at: http://traciepotochnik.bandcamp.com/.
Ian Fitzgerald is a writer and performer of American folk songs. Ian has been playing shows around New England since 2004 and has independently released four albums of original material in that time including No Time To Be Tender, released earlier this year. Ian is a past winner of the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist.
Daphne Lee Martin
After a whirlwind affair with roots music, garnering her several songwriting and performance awards, including CT Music Awards' 2012 Country Artist of the Year, Daphne Lee Martin is back in force with a new collections of songs on her latest record, Moxie.
Haunt The House
Haunt the House, (Will Houlihan) falls somewhere between a bedroom whispered heart broken prayer and a brilliant repentantcry in the dark. He consistently writes songs that are simple and personal.
"Spooky, powerful, and affecting." -RedlineRoots
Allysen Callery is an alternative folk artist from Rhode Island, USA , with an intricate & unique finger style, & a voice that has been called mesmerizing & angelic. Growing up in New England, she was heavily influenced by her parent’s British Isles Folk Revival records of the late 60′s early 70′s.
"It was said that a bard could cast a spell with just his harp playing and his voice, and the spell would transport the listeners to another world while the song played. Most but not all of the listeners would make it back when the song ended. Callery displays that kind of otherworldly ability” ~Oliver di Place
Matt Borrello is a singer/songwriter and guitar player from Southeastern Massachusetts. For over eight years Matt has performed regularly in the Boston/Providence area, usually as a solo acoustic act, but also as a sideman for other songwriters and as the frontman of his blues rock band, the Quality Dogs. Matt's insightful songwriting and passionate performances have earned him recognition in various New England talent showcases and songwriting contests, most notably at the Boston Folk Festival Youth Songwriting Contest. His songs draw their structures from folk, country, blues, and rock music. He is a lover of spontaneous collaborations with other musicians and his songs have highly malleable arrangements. Matt has opened shows for well known local and national musicians such as John Flynn, Brooks Williams, Paul Geremia, Rick Fetters, Don White, and Kevin So. He has been a part of shows at venues including Club Passim, The Narrows, The Lizard Lounge, The Burren, The Somerville Armory, The Soule Homestead Folk Concert Series, The Cotuit Center for the Arts, and Rick's Music World.
“A wide spectrum of folk brilliance” Tatnic Tales runs from rollicking to contemplative, sparse to lush. Recorded in an antiquarian barn in Maine with virtuoso folk players, Dan’s album is by turns haunting, cheerful, and somber, as well as always heartfelt and deep. Fantastic artwork detailing the story can be found inside and if you need to discover a new folk voice, let it be Dan’s! – The Magazine Keeper
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