CD Release Concert - Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards with Studio Band
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards to debut new songs from upcoming release "Hard Times and Woes" With Dan Blakeslee (http://danblakeslee.com/) and Hoot and Holler (http://www.hootandhollermusic.com/)
In 2010 Mandeville and Richards co-founded an organization called The Massachusetts Walking Tour which functions as a non-profit to support arts and culture in the small towns of Massachusetts. Each summer since 2010, a string of concerts are arranged in collaboration with local arts councils, school systems, town parks and recreation, and a variety of cultural groups to highlight the town's respective commitment to the arts. Mandeville, Richards, and a chosen band of talented folks from the northeast walk, laden with heavy packs and instruments, to each concert where they perform a folk music program alongside local artists, poets and musicians. Now in its fifth year, the Massachusetts Walking Tour has been funded by the Janet Malser Humanities Trust and subsequent grants of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. www.masswalkingtour.org
In 2011, Mandeville and Richards began rehearsing with pedal steel/dobro player Peter Hart and multi-instrumentalist Doug Williamson, among others, to release a collection of songs as Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution. The project received vast levels of exposure and recognition for the songs including indie rock ballad Sleep When You're Dead, which was recently used in the film "March Sisters At Christmas" airing on on the Lifetime network, while the more traditional bluegrass Take A Little Home and the lively Ted Kaczynski Blues has been in steady rotation on regional folk radio.
April 2014 will mark the follow up release with Williamson and Hart called Hard Times and Woes.
"magnificent, transcendent album. Powerful, spiritual, gorgeous harmonies, great songs" - Nick Noble, The Folk Revival
Performance dates and more info can be found at: www.markmandeville.com