Mar 252010

At the Mariposa Museum


Admission is $15 per person and $12 for members. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

For more information phone: 924-4555 or email

Mariposa will echo with the music and dance of Pendragon, celebrating New England’s long and rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. The ensemble has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon’s music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banksof the Blackstone River.

Pendragon, based in Rhode Island, is comprised of dynamic step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and tenor banjo; Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina; Josh Kane on flute and whistles; and Mary Lee Partington on vocals and bodhran. They fashion the music of tradition into the music of tomorrow, performing their original songs and dance tunes on an exciting combination of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, concertina, banjo, guitar, whistle and percussion. In performance, Pendragon elaborates on the cultural and historical context of their music while projecting a relaxed and humorous stage presence that comes from more than 25 years of performance together. The group is known for seamlessly blending lively jigs and reels with Mary Lee Partington’s original songs depicting the experiences of the immigrants who settled here and their role in the mill traditions of New England.

2008 saw Pendragon return to their roots with an emphasis on Scottish and Irish traditional music as the band released their eighth recording, “Still Standing.”

Pendragon’s other releases include “Artistic License,” “Finding Our Way Home,” “Beyond Borders…A Celtic Journey.” In 1993, Pendragon signed with Beacon Records for the international release of “Passage to New England,” “The Working River,” “At the Crossroads,” and “Pendragon.”

Past tributes include three straight Boston Music Award nominations for Outstanding Celtic Act and a Governor’s Tourism Award. Pendragon was voted Rhode Island’s Best Celtic Act in the 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006  and 2005 Motif Magazine’s Best Music Poll. The band has also been voted Best Local Folk Act of the Year in the Providence Phoenix’ Best Music Poll eight times. A 68-part video project called Along the Blackstone utilizes Pendragon’s music for its soundtrack and has won several awards for public service in education at the New England Cable Television Assn. Awards. Many of the episodes have aired nationally on A&E’s The History Channel. Since 1995, members of Pendragon have also been the driving force behind the Blackstone River Theatre, bringing traditional and ethnic music to northern Rhode Island on a weekly basis.

Admission is $15 per person and $12 for members. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

For more information phone: 924-4555 or email

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