December 7, 2002

Traditional and Original Folk Music


Atwater-Donnelly ubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly presented an enthralling concert of traditional American and Celtic-American folk songs, hymns, a cappella pieces, dance tunes, and original works. They enchanted the audience and warmed our hearts. They blend unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjack, Australian monkey pods, toy xylophone, steam shovels, and other surprises.

ubrey and Elwood explain song origins to give more relevance to the material, and they incorporate humor, audience participation, and a highly relaxed stage presence which makes their performances appealing to all ages.

ubrey has been performing original songs of social commentary, as well as contemporary American folk songs and traditional ballads, since 1981. After Aubrey met her husband, Elwood Donnelly, at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence, their career developed dramatically. They formed their duo in the fall of 1987, which quickly gained regional and national recognition and popularity.

lwood has been performing professionally since the age of fifteen: first in a rock band, then as a solo performer, and later in a Cambodian band. He writes songs for voice, guitar, and harmonica.

heir most recent CD album, And Then I'm Going Home: Atwater-Donnelly Live feature Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly at their finest — on stage in the intimate coffeehouses where they have performed for nearly fourteen years.


e believe that our audience will demand a return engagement soon. Watch for it ... ask for it.



Praises for their performances:

  • "Atwater-Donnelly are marvelous musicians. Their voices blend beautifully, their instrumental work is sparkling, and they are captivating performers. I could listen to them for hours."
      Frank Dudgeon, WUMB, Boston

  • "Aubrey is one of the most lovely, tasteful, and creatively exquisite singers I have seen yet"
      Howie Mitchell, Folk Legacy Recording Artist

  • "A dazzling duo ... the epitome of local folk music, the duo Atwater-Donnelly will wow audiences ... from sea shanties to Celtic tunes, this pair can play it all."
      Good Times, West Warwick, RI

  • "...What a pleasure it is to hear Rhode Island songwriter-guitarist Aubrey Atwater's solo debut...Atwater shines in her original songs...they are carefully crafted, stunning presentations that seethe with emotion and beauty, aided by Atwater's delicious soprano voice... "
      Stephen A. Ide, Dirty Linen

  • "So many positive comments about your performance! Every one wished you had played another hour or two. You are so talented and your stories are great. The instruments are fabulous.... You are special!"
      Martha Zink, Glastonbury Federated Women's Club, Glastonbury, CT


Link to their music clips:             or their web site:

Our open mike tonight featured solo performances by Alan Michaelson, Estelle Henrich, Tim Atwell (a poetic tour d'force), Kenny Baum, Little Toby Walker, and Jim Caputo.

If you weren't here tonight, you missed another of the very best programs of the year ...