Folk Duo Atwater-Donnelly Performing at Southeast


KRCU signCAPE GIRARDEAU, Missouri, March 31, 2015 – Rhode Island-based folk duo Atwater and Donnelly will visit Cape Girardeau at 7 p.m. on April 9 for a memorable evening of folk music, storytelling and percussive footwork on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

The highly acclaimed husband-wife duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly, present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs, a capella pieces, old-time gospel songs, dance tunes and original works. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in Rose Theatre. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the KRCU studios and at the door the night of the concert.

Atwater and Donnelly blend gorgeous and unusual harmonies and play guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, spoons, limberjacks and other surprises, while incorporating Appalachian clog dancing, French Canadian footwork and tap.

Their performances are appealing to all ages, and with humor, audience participation and a relaxed stage presence, Atwater and Donnelly explain song origins to create a deeper understanding of the music and its cultural history.

Atwater and Donnelly met as volunteers at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Providence, Rhode Island, in early 1987. Within just a few months these self-taught musicians formed a duo. Married since 1989, Atwater and Donnelly perform throughout the United States and, on occasion, abroad.

Scott Alarik, a folk music writer for The Boston Globe stated Atwater-Donnelly had “harmonies so thick they seemed more than the sum of two voices.” Between 2006 and 2014, the duo has won eight awards from Motif Magazine, including “Best Folk Act” for 2014.

Atwater-Donnelly has recorded numerous albums and published four songbooks and two poetry books. Radio appearances include National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” the nationally syndicated “Midnight Special” out of Chicago and many local programs on PBS and network television.

KRCU is southeast Missouri’s NPR station broadcasting from the campus of Southeast. It broadcasts at 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and at 88.9 FM in Ste. Genevieve and Farmington. In addition to airing NPR news programs such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” KRCU also produces local news and features and broadcasts a variety of music and entertainment programs. In 2015, the station is celebrating its 25th anniversary as an NPR station.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact KRCU at (888) 651-5070 or visit