Husband and wife folk duo return to tour

Nov. 8 – After a two-year hiatus, folksingers Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards from Massachusetts have returned to life on the road with concert dates scheduled across the East Coast, including a stop at Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine in Middletown on November 17.

“The entertainment business has gone through ringtones, especially smaller venues, which showcase our level of nationally touring musicians,” Mandeville said. “Most of the venues we’ll be performing in have thankfully found ways to hang on and keep hanging on.”

Audiences get to know this couple through their close vocal harmonies, poetic lyrics and down-to-earth personalities. Accompanying themselves on guitar, harmonica, ukulele, whistle, electric bass and clarinet, their live performances are often spiritually uplifting, carefully balanced between serious songs and humorous commentary. Their songs reflect personal experiences as factory workers, teachers, community organizers, and natives of post-industrial industrial towns in central Massachusetts.

Mandeville and Richards are also music teachers in central Massachusetts through Blackstone Valley Music, an independent school with a popular band camp program and monthly community cafe.

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The show starts at 6 p.m. on November 17 at Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine at Country Pleasures Farm, 6219 Harley Road, Middletown.

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