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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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24 ENTERTAINMENT JUNE 13-19, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | PAWTUCKET EDITION BRT Summer Solstice Festival brings Celtic, world music to Diamond Hill Park CUMBERLAND – For the 8th year, Blackstone River Theatre will move its programming outside to present the Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival at Diamond Hill Park, 4097 Diamond Hill Road, Route 114, on Saturday, June 16. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with four stages focusing on Celtic and world music, dance and culture. Returning this year is a participatory Irish music session tent, a children's activities area, and 40 craft and food vendors. The rain date is Sunday, June 17. Featured entertainers will include international performers and regional favorites, and also sees Blackstone River Theatre continue the festival's youth movement begun three years ago. "We, like all arts organizations, face the challenge of not only keeping our existing fan base but more important- ly, figuring out how to interest the younger potential audience that may not even know what Celtic music is," said Russell Gusetti, executive director at BRT and also the festival producer. In response, this year's festival will again feature some of the most noted musicians on the Celtic music scene today, many in their 20s and early 30s. "To me, the best way to attract a younger audience is to let them see music and dance being performed, at the highest level, by people close to their own age," said Gusetti. He said he looks forward to return- ing to Diamond Hill Park, where more than 1,000 people came to last year's event. "It's a very walkable park and people are always amazed when they see how we have set it up." Three music stages run continuous- ly throughout the day, as does a stage dedicated to Irish step dance. A returning feature is an Irish ses- sion tent where patrons are invited to bring their instruments and sit in and play with many of the festival performers. Lining the walkway of the park will be 35 crafters, artisans and small business vendors, as well as five food vendors – GottaQ BBQ, Mickey G's Clam Shack, The Incred-a-bowl food company, Del's and The Ice Cream Machine. Gusetti said that when booking this year's festival, he quickly discovered that almost no bands from Ireland, Wales, or Scotland were touring in June, so he immediately turned to top acts on the national and regional scene, in addition to booking a very young band from Quebec. "And as I continued booking, I realized that this year's festival would have a very strong focus on fiddle players," Gusetti said. "There will of course be all kinds of whistles, bagpipes, string, and percussion instruments but the sheer number of incredible fiddlers and different fiddle styles is quite unusual." Festival performers will be the Atwater-Donnelly Trio, The Mari Black Celtic Band, Daymark, Eastern Medicine Singers, The Gnomes, The Gothard Sisters, La Croisée D'Antan, Owen Marshall & Jenna Moynihan, Emerald Rae, and Torrin Ryan, Sheila Falls & Kyle Forsthoff. Most groups will be performing two times during the festival. Featured this year are The Gothard Sisters and fiddler Mari Black. The Gothard Sisters – who are truly sis- ters – are a dynamic trio that plays contemporary Celtic music. Through 10 years performing, touring and writing music together, the optimis- tic style of their music continues to resonate with their fans around the world. All three play fiddle and many other instruments, and also step dance. Their new, all-original THE GOTHARD SISTERS – who are truly sisters – are a dynamic trio from the Pacific Northwest that plays contemporary Celtic music. All three play fiddle and many other instruments, and also step dance. Their new, all-original CD "Midnight Sun" reached #6 on the Billboard World Music charts as the highest ranking debut on the chart. MARI BLACK EMERALD RAE JENNA MOYNIHAN SHEILA FALLS See SOLSTICE, Page 26 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite #204 Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone - 401-334-9555 Fax - 401-334-9994 Web: www.valleybreeze.com Check Out Each Week's Growing List of Local Yard Sales In Our Classifieds Section. Planning A Yard Sale? Listings are just $25 and includes an online listing on our website. DEADLINE: TUESDAYS AT NOON Place your ad Online at www.valleybreeze.com or call or stop by our office. Let's Go (YARD) Sale-ing! YARD SALE as seen in Day(s): Date(s): Tim e: Address: Please dispose of this sign as soon as your Yard Sale ends. Thank you!

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