Stompin’ for Strings
Friday, April 11, 7-10 p.m.
A Traditional New England Barn Dance Fund-raiser for the Community String Project
The Barn at Mt. Hope Farm
A limited # of tickets for $40 may be purchased through communitystringproject.org
or by calling
This engaging and spirited annual event will feature the Atwater-Donnelly Trio, performers in great demand throughout southern New England. Experienced dance caller Elwood Donnelly will teach the steps. Guests will enjoy appetizers from Russell Morin, homemade desserts, and exciting raffle prizes, while learning Virginia reels, circle, square, and contra dances from the colonial period to the present. Cash bar. Proceeds will go towards providing free or subsidized string lessons and instruments to under-served students in CSP, a non-profit after-school program.
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Sunday, April 13, 2014 4PM
65 Manchester St, West Warwick, RI 02893
Paul Dube, harp/accordion; Matt Dube, percussion;
Fellow board members of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame:
Medrick Bellaire, mando/acoustic guitar; Jeff Keithline, stand-up bass
Better All the Time
Mary Ann Rossoni is back. This time with the benefit of experience.
It’s always a treat when our beloved acoustic music icon Mary Ann Rossoni returns with a collection of songs. Edentown, her newest and eighth work shows us an artist that has come full circle, from acoustic music and back again. Only this time, Mary Ann’s songwriting shows the benefit of passing time, of experience, of wisdom, of age.
The new album is Rossoni laid bare: a collection of songs shorn of any elaborate arrangement or instrumentation—just words, delicately strummed guitars, and her voice.
Best known for composing melodic ballads focused on the challenges, perils and accomplishments of working class heroes, Mary Ann follows that formula, and her strength, with Edentown. The songs here reflect a pensive depth,her songs address the darkness and difficulties that so often afflict her heavy hearted narrators, all of us. Many of the tunes on Edentown talk of loss, recovery and sacrifice. “After the deaths of my nephew and a close friend, my writing took a ‘why-are-we-here?’ turn,” she says. “The songs on Edentown speak of loss and recovery, young love and gratitude for the simple things that life has to offer.”
“Beside My Memory of You” is a haunting waltz for a friend that passed suddenly. “The Passion” sings beautifully of the ultimate sacrifice. Years of disagreement end in understanding in “More and More the Same.” The title cut is a missive from a friend on the other side.
Writing and recording since 1988, when she met and performed extensively with singer/songwriter John Fuzek, Mary Ann in a sense returns to those simpler days, only this time with more complex feelings, more mature reflections, and a more truly meaningful body of work.
Rossoni will be performing these newer songs at Manchester 65 on April 13 with longtime band mate Paul Dube (harp/accordion); his son Matt Dube (percussion) and fellow board members of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame Medrick Bellaire (mando/acoustic guitar) and Jeff Keithline (stand-up bass).
“I’ve really missed playing small folk rooms, getting out there in front of people and feeling that connection,” she admits. “That’s why I feel it’s good to take these songs on the road.”
Congratulations to Vinny Castaldi!! Vinny’s work has been selected for exhibition in the Providence Art Club Nationwide All Media Open Juried Exhibition. From the almost,200 submissions received, only 53 artists were chosen by exhibition juror Claudia Seymour.
This exhibition runs from April 21 through May 9, 2014. The exhibition juror will assign cash prizes on Saturday, April 20 after viewing the works in person. Artists selected to receive these cash awards will be announced at the opening reception on Sunday, April 27th.
Heads up, Naxos!
Watch for the new titles from Whaling City Sound.
The long awaited Joe Beck:
for release 4/29/14