On September 28th 2017, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards were mentioned in the Congressional Record by Senator Edward Markey for their continued community efforts illustrated by the annual Massachusetts Walking Tour. For eight years, Mark and Raianne have walked across the state each June, performing community concerts along the way which aim to celebrate local arts, culture and recreational trails. They have been joined by musicians Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski since 2013.
Mark and Raianne have been again nominated for an award, this time by Boston-based music blog Red Line Roots for 2017 AMERICANA/ROOTS Act of the YEAR. Please take a quick moment to vote, and while you’re at it, treat it like research, as many of the artists nominated are well worth listening to. Follow this link to the nominations.
In October 2017, Mark & Raianne will be sent on a 12 date private house concert tour of Manitoba Canada having their latest release Grain By Grain chosen through a jury process by Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous. This will be the first time back north for the duo since performing at the North By Northeast Music Festival (Toronto) in 2010. Additional US tour dates to and from Winnipeg include stops in western NY, OH, MI and PA. See the concert calendar for a complete list of dates.
Another successful Massachusetts Walking Tour has been completed – visiting 15 towns across the state, organizing free community concerts to showcase local musicians, artists and authors. The troupe led guided hikes through the Blackstone Valley, many of which are highlighted in Marjorie Turner Hollman’s book Easy Walks In Massachusetts. They also commemorated Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday by retracing his steps from A Walk To Wachusett.