Lee Meeting House

"To those who...deny the human spirit, I give you these chroniclers of its joys and sorrows, light and dark, hope and despair and say that they have but liberated what is in us all. Their dancing notes say, 'Here it is! Humanity's real self. Look! Isn't it wondrous?"

From a poem written about Aubrey and Elwood, "The Folk Singers" by Philip R. Pearson, Jr.


Sun. October 8, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Adult $15, Senior (65+) $10, Students FREE

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance.  Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, limberjacks, and other surprises including a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing.

Their performance is appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation, and a relaxed stage presence, Aubrey and Elwood explain song origins to give more relevance to the material. Married since 1989, Aubrey and Elwood perform widely in the United States and abroad and their twelve recordings receive international airplay.

No program list?  That is because Aubrey and Elwood never quite know what numbers they will do until they appear on stage!  Aubrey says, “One of my favorite parts of our creative life is crafting shows right before the watchful eyes and ears of our audiences.  As we survey the crowd, talk to people, and get a feel for our surroundings, we make snap decisions, selecting what song, dance, or instrument feels just right at that moment.  We hope you enjoy this exciting foray into the oral traditions of American heritage music and dance!”

"I almost fainted when you sang and danced and played the banjo at the same time! My mouth was droped (sic) open the entire time."

4th graders, Chaplin Elementary School, Chaplin, CT


Traditional American and Celtic Folk Music and Dance
20 Campbell St., Warren, RI 02885   (401) 392-1909
Photo by Mary Akylas Harman