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Coming Oct 17: Mary Gauthier

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Become a 23rd Season Member!

Membership for One: $20.00
Receive $2.00 off 1 advance price ticket for all shows attended
Membership for Two: $35.00
Receive $2.00 off 2 advance price tickets for all shows attended

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The Roots Regulars Raffle
A chance to win free tickets to future shows

Folk Music - A Good Value!

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Common Fence Music - po box 4176 - Middletown, RI, 02842

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Mary Gauthier


Americana Troubadour, Singer and Songwriter

“Every tune is a rough gem of melody, misery and economy, as Gauthier excavates romantic wreckage like an archaeologist telling the story of a fossilized love.”
Rolling Stone

“…her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and yes, Bob Dylan.” 
 Los Angeles Times

"Friends, I am excited to announce that I have signed a book deal with Yale University Press. Steve Wasserman, the Editor of Yale Press, approached me and asked if I would write for them. My answer was a shrill, high-pitched, girly-sounding YES!"
Mary Gauthier

Sat, Oct 17, 8:00 pm (doors at 7)
933 Anthony Road
$22 advance /$25 at the door

Mary's Website

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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!