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KINGSTON — Famed folksinger Cheryl Wheeler will return to the stage at The Courthouse Saturday to sing and tell stories.

"It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic," " said Mariann Almonte, the arts center's executive director in a statement. "There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her comic twin-Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic telling hilarious tales of how her songs came to be. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic. You may shed a tear or two from laughing too hard, but one thing is certain, you will remember this evening."

Wheeler's songs are often "emotional portraits of people, leaving you with the impression that you know the characters," Almonte said. "You find yourself being dragged into the song rather than standing outside and observing. Other songs by Cheryl are hilarious situation comedies. One thing that we can promise is that her songs are never boring! She is the face of American folk music today. Her beautiful melodic tones will have you mesmerized."

"Oh the stories she tells," Almonte continued. "The memories and talents she shares with her audience make you feel like you are enjoying a night in her living room with her guitar."

Visit CourthouseArts.org or facebook.com/CourthouseArtsRI for more information. The Courthouse has ample free, on-site parking and a full-service bar.

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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