Pawtucket Times

BRT hosts Matt and Shannon Heaton


Blackstone River Theatre will present its first 2022 Take It Outside concert featuring Matt and Shannon Heaton on Sunday, May 15, from 4-5 p.m., at the new outside concert space located behind Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland, RI. Admission is $15.00 for the 60-minute concert. Capacity is limited; to reserve tickets order online or call Blackstone River Theatre at (401) 725-9272. Folding chairs will be provided but audiences can bring a chair or blanket if preferred. No outside food or drink is allowed. In event of rain, show will be held inside. Enter the performanc­e area via the gate at the back of BRT’s parking lot.

With an engaging stage presence and masterfull­y-crafted music, Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of Chicago and Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrument­als and husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition.

The Heatons are an integral part of Boston’s vibrant trad music scene. Shannon co-founded Boston’s Celtic music fest and was named Massachuse­tts Traditiona­l Artist Fellow in 2016 and she hosts the culture podcast “Irish Music Stories.”

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