The Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour dates have been scheduled! This year our troupe will be visiting towns along the Blackstone Valley, working together with local author Marjorie Turner Hollman to highlight trails from her latest edition of Easy Walks In Massachusetts. Please visit our newly face-lifted www.masswalkingtour.org for a complete list of tour dates, walking routes, and community hikes.
Mark & Raianne have been nominated for both “Best Americana Act” and “Best CD” for their latest album Grain By Grain by the 2017 Worcester Music Awards.
Cast your vote for us today!
2017 Worcester Music Awards
And please consider voting Nick Noble for “Best DJ;” Nick is extremely supportive of local musicians and consistently highlights Mark & Raianne on his weekly WICN program Folk Revival.
Massachusetts Walking Tour co-founders Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards were interviewed by Lisa Mullins, host of WBUR’s All Things Considered. Listen to the interview here.
In 2016, the troupe hiked from Provincetown to Swansea, performing 18 concerts in 18 days, walking 144 miles. Appearing left to right: Mark Kilianski, Amy Alvey, Raianne Richards, Mark Mandeville. More info at www.masswalkingtour.org
Released by Nobody’s Favorite Records on May 1st 2016, this brand new album includes 10 original songs, featuring musicians Doug Williamson (piano, mandolin, upright bass), Peter Hart (pedal steel, dobro) and Zack Ciras (bassist for the accident that led me to the world). Co-produced by Kyle Swartzwelder
Why aren’t Mr Mandeville and Ms Richards so much better known? Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards and their musician friends have crafted a warm, friendly, relaxing album that drips with quality. This is a disc that demands listeners and it is difficult to imagine many country fans not liking this engaging collection of songs. In recent decades country music has become more and more fragmented, which has produced many interesting new singers/ bands, and a few we would rather forget. Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are two we should remember. – Paul Riley, Country Music People (UK)