Small Potatoes at JustGoods

Charlotte’s Web welcomes back the Chicago-based duo of Jackie Manning and Rich Prezioso, professionally known as Small Potatoes. Though “Small” may be part of their name, the talent is big. Catch their act at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27, at JustGoods Listening Room, 201 Seventh St., Rockford.

They’ve been touring on the folk circuit since 1993, and have become sought-after regulars in many clubs and coffeehouses. They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and Philadelphia Folk Festival. They were one of the “most requested acts” at the 1999 Falcon Ridge New Artist Showcase. Jacquie is also a past winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.

The pair say it has taken them “years of careful indecision” to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen magazine said, “One of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.” They call themselves eclecto-maniacs.

When you see Small Potatoes perform, you hear two great voices, some fine guitar playing and a touch of tin whistle, flute, mandolin, bodhran and other percussion toys. Together, they present a truly rare blend of vocal and instrumental abilities, award-winning songwriting and arranging talents. Their new live CD, Small Potatoes Alive!, also showcases their storytelling abilities and their easy manner with their audiences.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., (815) 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, (815) 397-7301 and 2205 S. Perryville, (815) 484-0940; The Kilt & Clover, 1414 N. Main St., (815) 962-5458; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call (815) 964-2238.

from the April 25-May 1, 2007, issue

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