Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Miss Maybell & Slimpickins open

October 06, 2017 8PM
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$15 / 13

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 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 new CD, Grain by Grain, demonstrates an ever progressive richness in songwriting and performance. From the opening title song through its closing track—“Across the Morning”—it is an exemplar of what modern Americana can and should be. I maintain that Mark and Raianne’s previous CD—Hard Times & Woes—is one of those rare singularly perfect albums, but with Grain by Grain this talented duo takes it all to a new level, rivaling their earlier effort with terrific original songs beautifully presented.

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 five years 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. It was my privilege to be able to join them on a part of their 2015 Walking Tour, just as it has been my pleasure and honor to have Mark and Raianne on my radio program multiple times over the last several years. They also represented the folk tradition at WICN’s 45th Anniversary gala at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. With their bandmates—Doug Williamson on bass and piano and Peter Hart on pedal steel guitar—they continue to  impress listeners with their heartfelt songs and to inspire in me an even deeper appreciation of contemporary American folk music.

—Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL on WICN (Worcester Public Radio)


“The best part of their performance is the undeniable chemistry Mark and Raianne have together; they play with a comfortability and trust that can only come with years of partnership. They allow enough space in their musical bond to for us to settle in and witness some serious songwriting and playing.”

—Fred Knittel, WXPN (Philadelphia)


Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Willie Watson, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard’s Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot,  and David Wax Museum – in 2015, while showcasing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, appeared on stage with Tom Paxton.

Mandeville & Richards were Quad Showcase artists at Northeast Folk Alliance (NERFA) in 2014 and Formal Showcase artists at Southeast Folk Alliance (SERFA) in 2016.


Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s are a musical duo based in New England. They play American Roots, Jazz, Blues, Country, and Ragtime music from the 1910-40s, as well as original tunes. In addition to their regular calendar of gigs throughout New England, they have been featured on The Cold River Radio Show, and aired on several New England Radio Stations. Wherever they play they bring smiles to the faces of those around them, and are guaranteed to be like no other band you have ever seen before.

Slimpickin’s has been playing guitar for more than fifteen years, and with his undying love for old music has truly mastered the classic finger-style blues guitar of some of the most amazing  pickers in early American music, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, and Big Bill Bronzy. When he plays his guitar, it is as if a piano has magically came alive on the fret board!  He also sings and composes original music with a classic ragtime flair. 

Miss Maybell , has always had a deep love of music and has been singing , and playing one instrument or another for her whole life. She has a immense attachment to the great woman singers of the past such as Bessie Smith , Ella Fitzgerald , and Billie Holiday. With a Deep Contralto Voice and a firm musicality, she is fully equipped to execute the challenge of singing the great songs of the past. She also plays Banjo, Washboard, Guitar and Kazoo, while stomping away on her suitcase kick-drum. The Kazoo she plays is a vintage piece, from the 1930’s that almost sounds like a trumpet!

Needless to say Miss Maybell & Slimpickin’s are not only technicians of quite difficult music they also know how to make the audience have a fun time!


Please note that the seating chart has recently been updated, so be sure you are purchasing the seats you want.  If you do not purchase all seats at your table, other patrons may be seated with you.  Your ticket reserves you a place at the table you select but not a specific location at that table.  There is no food or beverage minimum.  All tickets are non-refundable.

$15 / 13
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