Common Fence opens second venue for anniversary

Common Fence opens second venue for anniversary

The Westerly Sun

Common Fence Music’s 25th anniversary fall season, arranged under the direction of new artistic director, Erin Young, will not only include eight performances at its original venue, Common Fence Point Hall in Portsmouth, but will inaugurate a second concert series in Warren with four performances this fall.

The Warren location, Hope & Main, is a 100-seat renovated school building that will feature up-and-coming national, regional and local folk artists on the third Friday of each month.

The Hope & Main concert series includes:

Friday, Sept. 15: The Huntress and Holder of Hands, the new band from Warren resident MorganEve Swain of Americana duo Brown Bird.

Friday, Oct. 20: The all-female string group Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Friday, Nov. 17: Banjo/guitar duo The Lowest Pair

Friday, Dec. 15: Roots-rock one-man band The Suitcase Junket with Warren’s indie country and folk-rock balladeer Jodie Treloar Sampson opening the show

The Portsmouth concerts include:

Saturday, Sept. 16: Irish fiddle master Kevin Burke

Saturday, Sept. 30: Contemporary bluesman Corey Harris

Saturday, Oct. 21: Rising folk duo, The Honey Dewdrops

Saturday, Nov. 4: The Common Fence Music Full Moon Fest , a new concert mini-festival dedicated to songs and songwriters. Headlining the show is Americana dobro player and singer-songwriter Abbie Gardner of the band Red Molly. Other performers will include guitarist Susan Levine and multi-instrumentalist Doug Kwartler, Massachusetts folk duo The Lied To’s, Providence-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Capaldi and singer-songwriter Molly Pinto Madigan.

Saturday, Nov. 18: Virtuoso oud player and Iraqi composer Rahim AlHaj

Sunday, Dec. 3: Mandolinists and clarinetists Andy Statman Trio

Saturday, Dec. 16: Country music with a rockabilly edge group, The Sweetback Sisters’ will present their Country Christmas Swing-Along Spectacular.

The Common Fence Point Hall is located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth. All shows at the Portsmouth venue are BYOB and picnic. Concert-goers are invited to bring food and beverages to enjoy during the performances. Seasonal soups, homemade refreshments and soft-drinks will also be available for purchase. The hall is fully accessible. Ticket prices vary.

Like the Portsmouth shows, the Warren Sessions will be BYOB, but will have Hope & Main vendors on hand to sell other refreshments and snacks. All tickets to the Warren Sessions are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Hope & Main is located at 691 Main St. and the hall is fully accessible.

For more information or tickets, visit, or call 401-683-5085.


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