Folk Duo “Small Potatoes” to Perform in Folk Coffee House


Photo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso

The folk duo “Small Potatoes,” Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning, in a promotional photo for their recording “Time Flies.”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 20, 2006 — Southeast Public Radio welcomes the folk duo “Small Potatoes” to Cape Girardeau on Dec. 14 for a memorable evening of folk music.

“Small Potatoes” is Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, a Chicago-based duo who have been touring on the folk circuit since 1993 in many clubs and coffeehouses across the United States. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Port Cape Girardeau restaurant in downtown Cape Girardeau.

Manning and Prezioso call themselves eclecto-maniacs and describe their music as “Celtic to Cowboy,” saying 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 two recordings, “Waltz of the Wallflowers” and “Time Flies,” on Wind River  Records, cover all these styles.  They both sing, they 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.”

When you see “Small Potatoes” perform, you hear two great voices, some fine guitar playing, and a touch of tin whistle, flute, mandolin, bodhran, and other percussion toys.  Together they present a truly rare blend of vocal and instrumental abilities, award-winning songwriting and arranging talents.  They have the unique ability to adapt to the style of music they happen to be playing.

“We are very excited to have these very talented folk artists coming to Cape Girardeau,” says General Manager Dan Woods. “They have been featured on our locally produced program, ‘Your Folk Connection’ and were well received by our audience.”

Woods said that the chance to see this duo perform live is an opportunity not to be missed.

Tickets are $10 in advance at the Southeast Public Radio studios or $15 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Southeast Public Radio at (573) 651-5070 or toll-free at (888) 651-5070. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Southeast Public Radio.

Southeast Public Radio is a National Public Radio member station. The station is located on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University and broadcasts on 90.9 FM, KRCU in Cape Girardeau, and 88.9 FM, KSEF in Farmington. More information can be found at