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Ah the Winter!

FIDDLERS 17 RESCHEDULED: Due to many inquiries since Monday, we have decided to avoid any possibility of a storm this Saturday. Fiddlers 17 will be held on April 2. There will be no performance this weekend. If you have purchased your tickets via Brown Paper Tickets you have already been notified via email that they have been transferred to April 2, 2016. If you can't make that date, your money will be refunded by BPT. If you have purchased via our Membership program, Ted Czech will be in touch with you. Meanwhile the show is 20 short of a sellout. Tickets should be purchased via Brown Paper Tickets in the very near future. Thank you for your continued support. Tom Perrotti, musical director

SCHEDULE CHANGE: The Wild Ponies show, originally scheduled for February 6, has been postponed. Doug and Telisha Williams (aka Wild Ponies) last appeared in April of 2011. Though it has been too long already, we'll have to wait until the Fall of 2016 to hear this wonderful couple, now playing in a trio format. Doug and Telisha and their agent John Laird of the wonderful Americana Agency have been understanding and gracious about this change of plans. A new date will be announced soon.



with Ilana Katz Katz, MC


blues & old-time fiddler, novelist & visual artist

and Gentleman Jack Wright,
Irish seisiun host

Featuring a Line-Up Tastier
Than the Finest Salt Water Taffy

(in alphabetical order)
Greg Ferreira
Folk Support Group
with Mike Fischman and Ed McGuirl
aka The Flying Gaffs

John Fuzek
Kate Grana
Ron Marsh
Otis Read
Mickey Scotia
The Spindle Rock River Rats
Tiffany Rozenas Family Band
Alicia Ruggiero
Pete Vendettuoli

Ilana's Website

Sat, Apr 2, 2016, 6:30 pm doors & music
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI
$15 advance & at the door

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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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The roving Common Fence Music Crew offers
concerts & workshops of folk, roots and world music

at The Picnic Series:
Common Fence Point Community Hall
933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI

in Newport, RI:
Common Fence Music at Channing Church
135 Pelham Street

Common Fence Music at Salve Regina University Bazarsky Hall, 100 Ochre Point Avenue
schools and after-school locations
around Newport County

Common Fence Music is a small non-profit interested in presenting music and music education in a people-oriented and sustainable community setting. It draws its inspiration from the early days of the Newport Folk & Jazz Festivals where the public encountered musicians both in concerts and in workshops; and human expression, not financial profit, was the bottom line.

About The Picnic Series:
Also referred to as an indoor winter picnic, and "the folk tailgate party" as observed by Geoff Muldaur; this tradition developed in the early days of the series at the home of most of our shows on 933 Anthony Road,
Common Fence Point, Portsmouth, RI.
In a relaxed and convivial atmosphere, folks share conversation as they pass around appetizers and entrées before settling in to enjoy the evening's program . . . a memorable night's entertainment that won't break the budget.

Don't Forget Your Picnic Basket!

Our kitchen offers home-made soups & baked goods, soft drinks, coffee & tea.

Connecting the Beats

Connecting the Beats
: Bringing African and Afro-Caribbean Percussion Music 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 Fall /Winter of 2014-15 with Support from The Newport County Fund, The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The Newport Festival Foundation and The William H. Brown Fund.

The first workshop will be held on October 8 at 4:15 p.m. at the York Street Clubhouse of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County.

Contact Tom at for more information about the program this fall.


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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The board and volunteers deeply appreciate the support of its faithful public; individual and family trust donors; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts RISCA provider of general operating support; contributors to The Newport County Fund of The Rhode Island Foundation RIF/NCF funder of Connecting the Beats: Bringing African & African-Caribbean Drumming to the Youth of Newport County; and New England Foundation for the Arts NEFA, occasional underwriter of concerts and workshops.


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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!