​Heather Maloney | Photo provided by Common Fence Music

COMMON FENCE MUSIC has announced that it will present its 3RD ANNUAL FALL MOON FESTIVAL on Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30pm.

Doors will open at 6:45pm to Common Fence Music members, 7pm to non-members. Tickets to the show are $32 in advance, $35 at the door, $30 for CFM members, and $15 for students (college students must show a valid ID).

The concert will be preceded by two educational events as part of CFM’s Sullivan Songwriting Series — INSPIRATION & INFLUENCES with AMYTHYST KIAH from 1-2:30pm, and DELIVERING YOUR MESSAGE with HEATHER MALONEY from 3-5pm. Tickets to each are $15 for the general public, $10 for CFM members and students. All events will take place at the Casino Theatre @ the International Tennis Hall of Fame, 10 Freebody Street, Newport, RI.

Tickets and information may be obtained at CommonFenceMusic.org.


Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7:30pm

Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody Street, Newport, RI

Tickets: $32 advance/$35 door/$30 CFM members/$15 students 

(college students must show valid student ID)

This activity is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

Common Fence Music’s acclaimed Fall Moon Festival is back, celebrating the art of song and the songwriters who create them. Featuring the most high-caliber artists to be seen on the CFM stage in one night, this year’s event honors women in music and features a lineup of five of the strongest female voices in folk music including Heather Maloney, Amythyst Kiah, Catie Curtis, Girl Clue and Jocie Adams. Held in the beautiful historic Casino Theatre, this is the biggest event of the fall season, and one that is not to be missed! 

Touring in support of her June 2019 release, Soil in the Sky, Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney has a voice that is both gorgeously raw and refined, delivering lyrics that present emotional maturity and realism.  Stitched together from personal and universal ecstasy, loss both intimate and ancient, Heather’s fourth full-length release is a collage of tremulous folk, existential ballads, and assertive rock. Taken as a whole, it’s a constellation that looks a lot like life. Joined in performance by Soil in the Sky producer and collaborator Ryan Hommel, Heather will also emcee this year’s festival. For more information about Heather, please visit http://www.heathermaloney.com/.

Born in Chattanooga and now based in Johnson City, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. Her eclectic influences span decades, finding inspiration in old time music, alternative rock, folk, country, and blues. As a solo artist, she is regularly accompanied interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band. Our Native Daughters, her recent collaboration with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), has delivered a full-length album produced by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, Songs of Our Native Daughters (out now on Smithsonian Folkways). NPR described the opening track, “Black Myself”, written by Amythyst, as “the simmering defiance of self-respect in the face of racism.” Provocative and fierce, Amythyst’s ability to cross boundaries is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable. For more information about Amythyst please visit https://amythystkiah.com/.

Catie Curtis’ list of accomplishments spans 14 albums, songs featured on TV shows Grey’s Anatomy, Dawson’s Creek and Felicity, and movies like Finding Graceland and A Slipping Down Life. Dubbed a “folk rock goddess” by the New Yorker, she has been a perennially popular headliner, appearing at Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, performing arts centers, folk clubs, music festivals, and even the White House. Catie’s career has been a marvel – a hopscotch of serendipity, small-town roots, and the search for honest stories. She seeks the everyday details that let you see your own life in her songs which she delivers in a voice that is familiar, frank and reassuring. In 2017, Catie released her latest album, While We’re Here, and embarked on what she announced would be her last national tour. Though still performing in the New England area, Catie has been attending graduate school and running groups at a residential treatment center for people with substance use disorder. “After 25 years on the road,” she said, “I am ready for my own new beginning.” For more information about Catie please visit https://catiecurtis.com/.

Girl Blue is the moniker of Troy, NY-based singer-songwriter/producer Arielle O’Keefe. With an intimacy and intrigue reminiscent of Laura Marling and the chops of Brandi Carlile, Arielle is a powerhouse vocalist with the rare ability to write catchy songs that still carry emotional weight.  Lauded by Perez Hilton as “effortlessly cool…and timeless,” Arielle is a rare and genuine talent, most especially shining on the live stage where she has the unique ability to silence a room with her voice and guitar alone. Boasting a strong viral fanbase and well over 2.5 million streams on Spotify alone, Arielle continues to record her own music independently while also touring. https://www.girlbluemusic.com/.

Formerly of progressive folk-rock band The Low Anthem, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams is the founder and frontwoman of the genre-blurring band Arc Iris. Covering the spectrum of sound between bare acoustic folk, alt-jazz and decadently lush electronica, Jocie – a classically trained composer – and Arc Iris continue to push the envelope of the modern sonic experience. The band just celebrated the release of their Friends and Lovers EP in June 2019, a five-song collection of imaginative takes of classics from artists such as Led Zeppelin and Leonard Cohen. The album is just the most recent installment in a canon of work that includes three original full-length albums and their 2018 release Foggy Lullaby – a brilliantly contemporary reimagining of Joni Mitchell’s classic Blue. For more information about Jocie, please visit http://www.arcirismusic.com/

This event is sponsored by Ragged Island Brewing Company and Allen’s Wine & Spirits. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from the CFM bar. Heavy snacks and lighter fare will be available from the CFM concessions table along with our signature selection of baked goods and beverages. No outside food or drink is permitted at this venue.

The Fall Moon Festival also includes two opportunities for aspiring songwriters and music enthusiasts to learn more about the songwriting process. These events are part of CFM’s Sullivan Songwriting Series, a selection of workshops that cultivate the art of songwriting and promote its cathartic and therapeutic benefits.


Saturday, November 2, 2019, 1-2:30pm

Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody Street, Newport, RI

Tickets: $15/$10 CFM members & students (college students must show valid student ID)

Inspired by songwriting masters both contemporary and decades-old, Amythyst Kiah has become a powerful voice within the folk music industry, offering a fresh take on American roots music and advocating for marginalized artists. In this 90-minute discussion, Amythyst will share her perspectives on artistic inspiration, the struggles and rewards of the creative process, and the eclectic influences that inform her own work.


Saturday, November 2, 2019, 3-5pm

Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody Street, Newport, RI

Tickets: $15/$10 CFM members & students (college students must show valid student ID)

This activity is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

In this two-hour workshop, acclaimed Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney will share and discuss her writing process and how she uses her music as a medium through which to make a strong social statement. By modeling the various stages of her work, she will provide amateur and aspiring songwriters with a clear understanding of the journey a song may take from raw creation to perfected work of art. After allowing time for questions, Heather will then give workshop participants the opportunity to share an original composition and receive constructive critique from her and the other participants. 

All Fall Moon Festival events will take place at the Casino Theatre, located at 10 Freebody Street, Newport, RI. The venue is fully accessible. Handicapped parking ONLY is available in the Casino Theatre parking lot and monitored; street parking is otherwise available. Wheelchair seating is available and may be reserved by contacting Erin Young at erin@commonfencemusic.org, or 401-683-5085.

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