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Spring 2017 Season


Session Americana
featuring Laura Cortese


While each member of SESSION AMERICANA
is skilled and reputable in their own right, as a group
they bring an energy and raucousness rarely seen in live folk music. Modeling their performances on community-centric Irish seisiúns, Session Americana performs a combination of original work and American roots classics, performing everything from blues to ballads, folk rock to country.

Joined by a special musical guest fiddler/vocalist Laura Cortese, this all-star lineup is guaranteed to put on a self-proclaimed modern hootenanny.

Sat, April 1 , 2017 - 8 pm (doors at 7)
$25 advance / $28 door
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Laura Cortese Website

Session Americana Website


Meanwhile ...

Bringing African Inspired Drumming and Dance to the Youth of Newport County
, in its 7th season, offered a 6 week workshop at the Boys and Girls Club featuring educator/master drummer Issa Coulibaly. He drummed, sang, shared some African notions and joked with a group of 6 to 8 year olds and the kids loved him.

Cape Cod African Dance and Drumming performed at a family night open house at the Boys and Girls Club on September 8.

Crocodile River Music performs an interactive concert on December 6 in assembly for St. Philomena's School in Portsmouth. The ensemble features the string, drumming and dance music of Mali and other West African countries. Following the assembly the ensemble will offer a workshop to theater and music students who are rehearsing for a Spring presentation of "The Lion King."

Plans are being made for other interactive concerts and workshops in the spring and early summer of 2017.

Thank you to
The Rhode Island Foundation
Newport County Fund
and All of the Generous Funders listed below
who make this program possible!



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Connecting the Beats

Connecting the Beats
: Bringing African Based Percussion Music & Dance to the Youth of Newport County,
which owes its success to The Newport County Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation has been received with great enthusiasm and will continue in the spring and early summer of 2016 with support from

The Newport County Fund

The NewportFed Charitable Foundation

The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The New England Foundation for the Arts

The William H. Brown Fund

Contact Tom at for more information about the program.


Obuamah Addy of Ghana, West Africa, and students performing at The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Park Holm location.


Park Holm after-school aspiring drummers


Lydia Perez, Puerto Rican singer, dancer and percussionist with two young dancers in the Portsmouth Action for Youth after-school program at Hathaway School


Tony Fonseca of All Hands Drumming at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Church Street location


All Hands Drumming at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Church Street location

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Common Fence Music presents culturally relevant but underplayed folk, roots & world music concerts & educational workshops. Help us to support worthy traveling artists: both celebrated performers & amazing unknowns.

Common Fence Music Offers:
1. Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed Performing Artists
2. A Bring Your Own Dinner & Age-Appropriate Beverages Policy
3. An Intimate Quiet Listening Room
4. A Chance to Meet the Performers
5. Reasonable Ticket Pricing


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What is Common Fence Music?

Common Fence Music is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization.

Common Fence Music began as an activity of the Common Fence Point Improvement Association in 1993 but became a separate organization soon after. Today we work side by side with our friends in the Association to keep the hall vibrant for all who rent the room for various functions. Common Fence Point Improvement Association Community Hall is a special place as this neighborhood community gathering spot was built as a country music dance hall and it has great live sound. The atmosphere is congenial with tables fanning out around the stage. And, there is plenty of free parking.

Common Fence Music Showcases the Best in
Folk, Roots and World Music.
Take a Chance on Something New. . .
You Won't be Disappointed!