Blackstone River Theatre kicks off the new year with The Jammin' Divas

Blackstone River Theatre kicks off the new year with The Jammin' Divas

The Jammin' Divas will present a concert of traditional and contemporary folk music from Ireland, Australia and the USA at the Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland.

CUMBERLAND - Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will present traditional and contemporary folk music from Ireland, Australia and the USA featuring The Jammin' Divas on Friday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. Admission is $15.

The Jammin' Divas are Aoife Clancy of Ireland, Nicole Zuraitis of the USA, Kath Buckell of Australia, and Hadar Noiberg of Israel. Through stunning three-part harmonies bedded against a lush melodic landscape, The Jammin' Divas draw audiences into an experience that transcends the history of three continents by sharing songs and stories of how each country culturally influence and enrich one another.

While each of these talented women is individually recognized as an accomplished player and vocalist, it is their combined artistry that creates an unparalleled musical dynamic. Aoife Clancy, from Ireland, is the daughter of Bobby Clancy of the Clancy Brothers. In 1995, Aoife was asked to join the acclaimed group Cherish the Ladies, one of the most sought-after Irish American groups in history. With seven recordings under her belt in the last decade, Aoife has clearly established herself as one of the 'Divas' of Irish and contemporary folk music.

Singer/songwriter and pianist Nicole Zuraitis is the group's newest member and has been turning heads with her huge voice and catchy melodies reflecting a broad mixture of jazz, pop, and indie fusion. Having recently returned from a tour of Asia and India, she was recently recognized as a finalist in the 2013 Songdoor International Songwriting Contest. Nicole has opened for jazz legend Dave Brubeck and collaborated with world renowned Indian guitarist and composer Prasanna.

Australian counterpart Kath Buckell is a rising folk/rock artist in the USA having previously toured Australia and Israel. She has found her roots in a project that is preserving traditional Australian poetry put to her original music called "Faces Do Not Change."

Hadar Noiberg hails from Israel and grew up with its eclectic musical culture. Hadar was surrounded by various musical styles that are a part of the Israeli melting pot - Middle Eastern, Eastern European, Yemenite and Moroccan Music. Since arriving in New York, the flautist has been one of the leading players in the Cuban and jazz scenes showcasing at Blue Note, Dizzy's Club, Central Park Summer Stage, and Lincoln Center.

For reservations, call 401-725-9272 or visit www.riverfolk.org for information.