Small Potatoes, the Chicago-based combination of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, self- styled “eclecto-maniacs,” will perform Friday evening, November 19, at 8:00 at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. The duo, touring since 1993, performs music from “Celtic to Cowboy” and is a featured attraction at major folk festivals throughout the United States and Canada.
The concert is part of The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series, sponsored each Friday evening at The Fellowship. Admission is $7.00 at the door. For further information,call 973-335-9489 or visit www.folkproject.org.
Small Potatoes features two great voices. Some arrangements have them linked together in tight, well-crafted harmonies. At other times during the evening, either performer fills the stage with a compelling solo performance. In addition to their vocal talents, Jacquie and Rich feature guitar, bodhran, whistles, mandolin, dobro and percussion. They even yodel. Their material may include award-winning originals, covers, and anything from acoustic, folk, western, blues or swing. And they also pay attention to the little things: the warmth, the humor, and a rapport with the audience that makes for a memorable performance. They have four albums currently available. Their first, Raw, was originally released in 1993, and re-released in 2003. The others include Time Flies, Waltz of the Wallflowers, and a live concert recording, Alive!, released in 2007. Rich Reger of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “There aren’t many groups, folk or otherwise, with a broader range than these tater tots, but Small Potatoes can turn heads with more than just its range. The duo brings an impressive mastery of detail to each genre … Small Potatoes is obviously steeped in the tradition of the entire folk spectrum.”
Opening for Small Potatoes will be New York City singer-songwriter Caleb Hawley. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Hawley has won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009) and the New York Songwriter’s Circle Contest (2008, 2009). He is often compared to Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and Raul Midon.