Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

Ric Allendorf opens

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Doors 6PM | Show 7PM
Tickets
$15 / Members $12

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

  • Americana
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

  • Americana
  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition.

Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States and Canada since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

Their latest release, Live in Manitoba (Nobody’s Favorite Records 2018), is a collection of songs and short introductions from a thirteen date house concert tour of Manitoba, Canada organized through Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous. This album demonstrates Mark and Raianne’s close connection to their audience, as well as musical versatility. The track list includes selections from both studio albums, covers of Tom Petty’s Walls and Neil Young’s Unknown Legend, and two previously unreleased songs.

Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer for the past decade they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each evening they stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. These annual two-week treks also raise awareness of the trails and greenways in Massachusetts, using music to make important connections.

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Ric Allendorf

  • Folk
  • Singer/Songwriter

As a native New Englander, Ric has spent half his life as an acoustic musician, artist, and educator. Since writing his first song in 2014, he has performed as a finalist in two national performing songwriter competitions and the 2018 CT Folk Festival auditions.

His noteworthy features include the Club Passim Tribute to Emmylou Harris, Club Passim 2018 Memorial Day Campfire Festival, Spire Center of Performing Arts opening for Ray Wylie Hubbard, South Shore Folk Music Club opening for Susan Cattaneo, Amazing Things Arts Center opening for Archie Fisher, and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse opening for Abbie Gardner. Ric actively performs across southeastern New England at markets, galleries, eateries, wine bars, and coffeehouses.

In January 2018, he released his debut CD Take It All In which has found airplay on radio and podcasts in the Northeast US and as far away as Scotland and the UK. This collection of eight originals and one cover by friend Joe L’Esperance feels personal and intuitively familiar, delivered with an ease that holds the listener as steady as a mast. Ric’s writing aims to pay gratitude, allay fear and doubt, and reveal the quiet hope that lives behind our challenges. Contributors include violinist Katy Boc of Sparrow Blue, singer/instrumentalist Raianne Richards, drummer Jeff Armstrong, and San Antonio guitarist Bob Charles.

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