Common Fence Music

Common Fence Music presents A Gathering of Fiddlers and Fishermen #17 with Master of Ceremonies Ilana Katz on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. The Irish Session begins when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Stage performances begin by 7:20 p.m.  The performance will take place at the Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, R.I. This is an all ages show, suitable to the whole family.

The cost of admission is $15. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets anytime, and at the door until sold out. Call Brown Paper Tickets toll free at (800) 838-3006 or contact them via Advance purchase is advised for this performance.

The Master of Ceremonies of Fiddlers 17 is musician, author and painter Ilana Katz. Ilana’s music mainstay is blues and old-time Southern fiddle, but her versatility as an improvisational musician beckons her to play all kinds of music. She loves performing in Boston’s subways, but she often sits in with blues musicians all over New England and wherever her travels take her. Ilana has had the great honor to perform with many great musicians including Ronnie Earl, Bobby Radcliff, Cedric Watson and Diane Blue. Her original song “Marlyn’s Blues” won “Coolest Blues Song in the World for 2015″ from from Big City Blues Magazine. This will be Ilana’s first appearance on the Gold Lame Stage.

John Fusek, singer-songwriter and MC of the 16th Gathering, will be aboard to pass the ceremonial bull-rake to Ms. Katz.  Gentleman Jack Wright, Irish tunesmith and warbler will once again raise his bow to commence the seisiun when the crew weighs anchor at 6:30 p.m.

A Gathering of Fiddlers and Fishermen features 12 or so cameo performances from some of the area’s best talent. Ably stage-managed by The Flying Gaffs, Mike Fischman and Ed McGuirl, the show moves along at a lively pace. Among those performing this year are regulars The Tiffany Rozenas Family Band, Ron Marsh, Greg Ferreira and Friends and The Slackwater String Band. Back after a two year hiatus is The Spindle Rock River Rats. The full lineup will be announced on the evening of the show with advance previews via social media.

The galley always offers some special dishes reflecting the Island’s abundance of seafood. Consider leaving some room in your picnic basket for this special event. Our dedicated galley staff of cooks and bakers would love you to stop by. Soft drinks, coffee and tea are also available. Concert attendees are invited to bring their own “age-appropriate” beverages.

Common Fence Music is a non-profit with a mission to promote culturally relevant but underexposed folk, roots and world music through concerts and educational activities. The hall is ramp accessible.

For general information including directions to the hall, call 401-683.5085 or visit the website

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