BRT Homecoming Concert is Saturday

BRT Homecoming Concert is Saturday

Kora master Yacouba Diabate will be one of eight performers at the 20th annual Homecoming Concert at Blackstone River Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

CUMBERLAND – Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., will present its 20th annual Homecoming Concert and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Atwater-Donnelly, Allysen Callery, Cathy Clasper-Torch and Shelley Katsh, Yacouba Diabate, Eastern Medicine Singers, Andrew McIntosh & Kyle Forsthoff, Partington & Sweeney, and Kim Trusty.

At 6:30 p.m. and during intermission, Blackstone River Theatre will also hold a silent auction featuring CDs, jewelry, original artwork, Christmas items and gift certificates. All of the proceeds from both the concert and the silent auction will go to support Blackstone River Theatre’s programming and operating expenses. Says BRT Executive Director Russell Gusetti, “This is not only BRT’s one big fundraiser for the year, but it also serves as an excellent sampler as audiences get to see eight different acts in one evening, all who will be performing concerts in the coming months.”

Having celebrated its 20th anniversary in September, Blackstone River Theatre has now presented more than 2,700 concerts, festivals, dances, arts classes and community events in front of more than 126,000 people. Blackstone River Theatre received the 2019 “Best of” Award from Rhode Island Monthly for “Best Folk Venue.”

Featured performers, who are all donating their time, include Atwater-Donnelly who will perform Appalachian, original and Celtic-inspired folk music and clogging. Kim Trusty will play a set of her jazz and blues-based original music and Blackstone River Theatre welcomes the return of Yacouba Diabate, a master kora player from Burkina Faso, West Africa, now living in Rhode Island. Allysen Callery is an American folksinger from Bristol. Andrew McIntosh and Kyle Forsthoff, both of Fellswater, will play a set of Scottish music on pipes and percussion and the Eastern Medicine Singers, led by Daryl “Black Eagle” Jamieson, will perform Algonquin and other Native American drum and vocal music. The duo Partington & Sweeney sees guitarist and five-string banjo player Ed Sweeney playing folk music along with vocalist Mary Lee Partington. Cathy Clasper-Torch, on fiddle and cello, will be joined by accordion player Shelley Katsh.

Admission is $20. The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and continues at intermission. For reservations, call 401-725-9272 or visit for more information.