Date:   8/1/2009

The Berrymans and Small Potatoes

Double-billed, folk-filled evening at Thrasher

Come enjoy a special double-bill evening of entertainment on Saturday, August 1 at the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful downtown Green Lake, when folk veterans Lou and Peter Berryman and Small Potatoes’ Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso each take the stage for a performance filled with folk, comedy, and a whole lot of fun!

 

The Berryman's sophisticated and wickedly funny original songwriting blends the best melodic and lyric aspects of musical comedy, cabaret, and folk music into a unique style that has delighted nationwide audiences for nearly 20 years.  Lou is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist on piano, harpsichord, banjo, saxophone, lute, viola de gamba and guitar and Peter plays 12-string guitar. Their whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance songs leave audiences in smiles and with a fresh perspective on the human condition.

 

With influences as diverse as Gilbert and Sullivan and Edith Piaf, but always with a twist of their own, Lou and Peter Berryman bring an inventive and intelligent humor to the rich melodic legacy of theatrical music. They are in the process of creating their third songbook, and recently they released their tenth recording of original songs to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians as well as shower singers everywhere, but no one sings them as well as Lou and Peter themselves. The legendary Tom Paxton says of the Berrymans, “When it comes to being funny, I think I've spent the first thirty years trying to be as funny as Tom Lehrer and the last part will be trying to be as funny as the Berrymans. They don't come any funnier than that." 

 

Small Potatoes is Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso. This Chicago-based duo has been touring on the folk circuit since 1993 and in that time they’ve become sought-after regulars at many clubs, coffeehouses across the U.S. They’ve made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival, and Philadelphia Folk Festival and were one of the "most requested" acts at the 1999 Falcon Ridge New Artist Showcase. Jacquie is also a past winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.

 

They call themselves eclecto-maniacs. They describe their music as "Celtic to Cowboy" and say it has taken them "years of careful indecision" to come up with a mix of music that ranges from country, blues, and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. Their four recordings, "Alive!", "Waltz of the Wallflowers", "Time Flies", and "Raw" cover all these styles. Both Jacquie and Rich sing, and both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel. Dirty Linen Magazine called them "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit." Sing Out Magazine called them "wonderfully eclectic" and said "Small Potatoes might well be leading mainstays on the folk scene for years to come."

 

This special performance is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets are $16 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling the office at (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

 

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