Narrows Arts Festival line up announced

This year’s Narrows Festival of the Arts will take place on Sunday September 8 from 11-7 pm. As always this is a Free Event. Special thanks to our main sponsors Mechanics Cooperative Bank and the Fall River Cultural Council. This year’s line up is Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, Seth Walker Band, Debo Band, Dino Govoni Quartet, Danielle Miraglia, Kevin Connolly, Amy Black Band and The Classified.

Here’s a taste of Chuck


Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Banjoists B??la Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable – coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs, and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his Banjo Concert ‘The Impostor’. Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female stringband, Abby’s adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence. Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare 3-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat. No wonder that they are married and have a new baby.

Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlewaite (of The Saw Doctors)

Leo Moran is the songwriter, singer, guitarist, MC, and storyteller with The Saw Doctors, who have been touring very successfully in the US for the past twenty years. The Saw Doctors have consistently sold out US venues such as Boston’s House of Blues and New York’s Irving Plaza. Leo Moran has co-written all the big Saw Doctors hits such as N17, Clare Island, To Win Just Once and I Useta Lover. Anthony Thistlethwaite plays Mandolin, Saxophone, Harmonica and Bass Guitar with both The Waterboys and The Saw Doctors. Anthony has also played and recorded with Bob Dylan, Donovan, Eddi Reader, Fairport Convention, and Ralph McTell. This December Anthony Thistlethwaite will be touring the UK with The Waterboys on their ‘Fisherman’s Blues Revisited’ tour.

Dayna Kurtz

Dayna is a remarkable singer songwriter. She has a voice that is equally at home singing blues, jazz, folk etc. Critic James Reed of the Boston Globe wrote in a review of Beautiful Yesterday that ‘there’s no logical reason why singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star.’ I couldn’t agree more. She just released Secret Canon Volume 2. It is a beautiful record. Goodnight Moonshine is a collaboration of songwriters Molly Venter of the chart-topping Americana group Red Molly, and Eben Pariser of the explosive Brooklyn quintet Roosevelt Dime. Steeped in the 90’s alternative music of their youth, Goodnight Moonshine plays modern folk music with brazen vocals and roots & blues guitar. Imagery-rich stories and bold melodies create a sound that is both celebratory and mournful, reminding the listener of what it felt like to fall in love with a band for the first time.

Sonny Landreth

Eric Clapton called him ‘his favorite musician’ Sonny is a guitar god of the highest order. With his own unique slide technique and tone, Sonny soars through the galaxy while being deeply rooted in the bayou’s of Louisiana. Not to be missed.

Walter Trout

Walter Trout’s passionate new Blues for the Modern Daze cuts right to the core of his art and his heart. His 21st album returns the contemporary guitar legend to his hard-core blues roots and finds his songwriting at a creative and personal zenith. Trout’s sixth recording for Provogue Records is his first pure blues album in 23 years as a bandleader, which is astounding given his heavy resume in the genre. Trout spent five years in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and was a member of Canned Heat, two of the style’s supremely influential bands. He’s also supported a slew of classic artists including John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton and Joe Tex. Nonetheless, as a front man the six-string virtuoso developed a conflagrant approach to his instrument and a reputation for tornado-strength live shows that led famed BBC disc jockey Bob Harris to call him ‘the world’s greatest rock guitarist’ in his influential book The Whispering Years and won Trout the sixth spot on BBC Radio One’s list of the Top 20 guitarists of all time.

On The Street Where We Live

A collection of photographs taken by the Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School Photography Club students.

Through the eyes of a camera lens, twenty-six students have documented their individual perspectives on their communities, their own lives, and ultimately their world. Within their photographs, we catch a glimpse of the ordinary made extraordinary, and the humdrum of small town life made exciting. These local scenes are comprised of four communities, Fall River, Westport, Swansea, and Somerset, Massachusetts. These students are led by instructors, Ms. Michelle Gaudencio and Mr. Paul Beaudoin of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School.

Kendra Amaral
Sarah Benevides
Paula Carreiro
Cameron Costa
Ashley Farias
Brenda Farias
Marissa Fonseca
Benjamin Frazier
Emilie Jolivet
Sarika Amy Kang
Lauren Kipp
Eric Lepage
Nick Motta
Katherine Pacheco
Yashira Pedraza-Rosario
Coral Peters
Joseph Pietropaolo
Alexis Raposa
Lindsay Raposa
Evie’Lyn Raposo
Nicole Reis
Peter Reney
Frances Santana
Dominique Vandal
Victoria Winters
Audrey Worrell

Amy Correia

Award winning singer-songwriter Amy Correia is a mesmerizing performer, whose mixture of raw power and musical honesty has been compared to Tom Waits and Michelle Shocked by The New York Times music critic Jon Pareles. Her last album You Go Your Way was a leap of faith as much as much as a declaration of independence when Amy went her own way and raised over $35K to create her third album. After two major label releases with EMI, her first independent release went on to receive international raves from fans and critics alike and won the 2012 Independent Music Award for Best Folk, Singer Songwriter album. Performing with her band for the first time at Narrows, Correia will perform with Andy Plaisted on drums, James Haggerty on bass and Mike Castellana on guitar.

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy?? Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville’s ‘A’ list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show ‘Nashville’ and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film ‘Pure Country.’ Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello. Jim, who frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello, is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest Carolina Moonrise, written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy and Jim, the critically acclaimed new duets album recorded with long time friend Buddy Miller of which Mojo states: ‘Miller and Lauderdale’s duets have both the easy familiarity of old friends and the musicianship of old pros.