Small Potatoes to perform at Mendelssohn

Small Potatoes to perform at Mendelssohn


Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts rings in the new year with the popular duo of Small Potatoes (Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso). They’ll be back in Rockford at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church Street.

This Chicago-based pair has been touring on the folk circuit for four years and is quickly becoming less of a well-kept secret. They’ve performed in clubs and coffeehouses across the U.S., as well as major festivals, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario.

They call themselves eclecto-maniacs. They describe their music as “Celtic to Cowboy” and say it has taken them “years of careful indecision” to come up with a mix of music that ranges from country, blues and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. Their two recordings, Raw, and their album Time Flies on Folk Era Records,

cover all these styles. They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel.

Dirty Linen magazine called them “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.” Sing Out magazine called Time Flies a “wonderful, wonderfully eclectic” album and said, “Small Potatoes might well be leading mainstays on the folk scene for years to come.”

At their performances, you hear two great voices, some fine guitar playing, and a touch of tine whistle, flute, mandolin, bodhran and other percussion toys. Together, they present a truly rare blend of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and arranging talents. They have the unique ability to adapt to the style of music they happen to be playing, while not neglecting the little things such as humor, warmth and rapport with the audience.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; Canterbury Books, Highcrest Center, 398-1454; Mendelssohn Club, 415 N. Church St., 964-9713; Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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