Every performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational with the award-winning duo Atwater~Donnelly, who provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry.

The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more.

Also not to be missed are Atwater~Donnelly Trio shows where Aubrey and Elwood collaborate with Cathy Clasper-Torch on violin, cello and Chinese erhu, or the Atwater~Donnelly Band combinations with John & Heidi Cerrigione on upright bass and autoharp, and Kevin Doyle, Irish step-dancer and winner of the 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Another band combination is Jerimoth Hill - a six-member old-time gospel band.

Based in Warren, Rhode Island, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly have traveled extensively for thirty years in the United States, with occasional trips to Ireland, England, and Canada, to perform as well as find their songs and dances one by one. They have produced seven books, thirteen recordings that receive international airplay, and were featured in a documentary by son, Uriah Donnelly.

Explore their web site; listen to their songs; watch some You-Tube flicks; look at photos; read their poetry and musings; and enjoy!

2016 Motif Magazine Trophy
2016 Motif Magazine Trophy


Atwater and Donnelly are in the performing directories for the
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and New England Foundation for the Arts.

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Celebrating 30 Years!



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OzarkHighlands Radio Project

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We have had the honor of being
part of a remarkable book with a
companion CD called Wayfaring
Strangers, The Musical Voyage
from Scotland and Ulster to
by Fiona Ritchie
and Doug Orr. Check it out!!!

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Click here for Elwood's
Such Singing You Will Hear: Carter Family Songbook,
35 Songs of the Carter Family
for Mountain Dulcimer, backup
guitar and vocals.

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Click here for Aubrey's book,
Song By Song, 85 songs and
tunes for Mountain Dulcimer,
Old-time Banjo, Irish Tin Whistle,
backup guitar and vocals.

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Read Aubrey's interview with the
John C. Campbell Folk School,
Brasstown, NC!

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