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Common Fence Music to Present Community Hoot

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Common Fence Music is excited to announce its first ever Community Hoot, an exciting event shining a light on some of the best amateur artists in our community.

The show will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8pm at CFP Arts, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $13 for CFM members. They can be purchased online at, and at the door.

Ten singer-songwriter and folk music acts have been selected through an open submission process to perform in the Community Hoot with only one winning – by audience vote – the title of Audience Favorite. The evening will close with an open seisiun led by the MC for the evening, Mike Fischman of legendary local folk group The Gnomes. So bring your voices, instruments and participatory spirit and join us as we celebrate local music!

BBQ pulled pork sandwich plates, seasonal soups, baked goods and beverages will be available to purchase from the CFM kitchen. For those who wish to carry in their own fare, this event is BYOB & Picnic.


Barn Burning has been described as an inventive Rhode Island band that offers an indie take on alt-country. Fronted by singer-songwriter Anthony Loffredio, the resulting tunes are sparse, yet rich with emotional vocal harmonies and detached melancholy that is anchored to earthly lap steel, violin and harmonica. From quiet to loud all sometimes within the same song, this is a band too pretty to seem angry, but just loud enough to hurt some feelings.

David DePrest’s musical horizons have continued to grow since his humble beginnings listening to punk rock in his parents’ basement. He has toured every inch of the United States and Europe; supported an American Idol star regularly on stage; and in short, accomplished much of what he dreamed of doing as a starry-eyed youngster. However, his work has only yet begun. David has been down in the trenches lately, recording and producing a forthcoming album entitled “Grandma’s Car,” and feels it will be his best work yet.

Ed McGuirl is a multi-instrumental musician and award-winning songwriter who plays original and traditional blues and roots music. He has produced several CDs as well as singles with a number of songs on compilation CDs. He would be a rich and famous folk musician if it wasn’t an oxymoron.

John McDaid is a folk/filk singer-songwriter from Island Park, Portsmouth, RI. Over his 40 years of performing, he’s played his geek-inflected songs at political events, science fiction conventions, and venues including NYC’s Speakeasy and Folk City. The New York Times called him “A mischievous guitarist and vocalist with a gift for the inimitable phrase.” His songs have earned international recognition, including first prize at Ohio Valley Filk Fest 2017 and second at FilKONtario 2019. An award-winning science fiction short story author, he brings a writerly focus to his lyrics, complemented by a guitar style that draws on contemporary and traditional folk.

Jon Dember has been writing songs and playing button accordian and ukulele since moving to Newport from upstate NY in 2002.  Prior to that he was a member of the Clusterflies, from Ithaca, NY. His band Farm Dog was the original house band at the Coastal Growers Market at Casey Farm in North Kingstown, forming in 2004. Growing out of old tyme and traditional music, the band has become known for original dance music and high energy interpretations of traditional polkas, two steps and rags.  As a solo artist, Jon uses the ukulele for accompaniment for singing alt country, indie, folk, and pop songs. His originals treat subjects ranging from unrequited love to other types of love, sea level rise, hydro-fracking, multi-culturalism, and eating cookies. He regularly performs at open mics at the Parlor, Valley Inn, and the Pump House.

Kate Mick resides in the tiny and creative town of Warren, RI. Brought up on her parents obscure 70’s rock, the Pixies and grunge, Kate dabbled in music all her life, but didn’t find her voice until she discovered the banjo. She now writes and performs intimate, slightly sweet, dark and evocative songs. Compared to Cat Power, First Aid Kit and Sharon Van Etten, Kate is also a member of the Providence-based band The SwampBirds.

Local Newport, RI singer-songwriter Malerie Day has returned to her roots as a solo performer, showing a more delicate yet still powerful side to her vocal style with New Growth, her first solo studio 4-track EP. She has transitioned through a range of genres in previous years including as a banjo player in folk duo Townman Charged and leading front woman of rock outfit Wild Life. Her writing approach is from the heart, focusing less on what others want to hear and more on how to authentically express the depths of her emotional landscape. What emerges is rich in mystery, tenderness, vulnerability and strength.

Old School Pickers are old friends and a relatively new group. Guitarist Greg Forever is known throughout New England from his bluegrass and folk playing with bands Four Bridges, Flowers & Rain, Los Duderinos, and the Larry Brown Band. Paul Murphy is a self-taught bassist with real chops. Laura Hart ties the group together with her tight, old time-y vocals.

Ramblin’ Rhode was founded by Timmy May. The group is a revolving cast of musicians that have learned Timmy May’s original songs and tunes that stylistically run the gamut from Folk to Celtic to Americana music. A staple of CFM’s retired annual Fiddlers & Fishermen event, Timmy is no stranger to the CFM stage.

Russell Bailey is a singer-songwriter of ballads and chansons living in Tiverton, RI. In the past, he has performed and recorded in the southeastern US, RI and Europe. His most recent activity has been in South Louisiana during the 2019 Christmas/New Year holidays and Rhode Island. He has been a faculty member at Providence College since 2005.

The Community Hoot will take place at CFP Arts, Wellness & Community Center, located at 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI. Free parking is available adjacent to and across the street from the building. The hall is fully accessible. For more information about Common Fence Music, please visit, or call (401)683-5085.

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