Traditional and Original Folk Music
hree years ago, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly presented us with 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. We were delighted to schedule this return engagement, and they repeated the magic.
twater-Donnelly is a Rhode Island-based folk duo performing traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original music and poetry. The much acclaimed husband-wife duo blend unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Irish tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjack, Australian monkey pods, toy xylophone, steam shovels, feet, and other surprises.
lwood and Aubrey 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, When Winter Calls features a winter holiday theme. Recorded live on-stage in December 2004 at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI, this beautifully recorded concert is filled with deeply rooted songs of winter, travel, longing, worship, rest, light, and celebration.
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Opening for Atwater-Donnelly tonight were our featured open mike performers:
Our host this evening was Jack Finkenberg. If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...