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Jan. 17 — Small Potatoes

posted Jul 16, 2014, 3:23 PM by Mike Allen   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 4:51 PM ]
Small Potatoes, Jan. 17, 2015

Small Potatoes culled from the root cellar:

    The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as "Celtic to Cowboy." Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit."

19 Years and a Million and a Half Miles...

Small Potatoes
Nineteen years ago, Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, the Chicago-area duo known as Small Potatoes, decided to hit the road. “In one year, we quit our jobs, bought a house, bought a car, and became full-time folk singers--not exactly the greatest combination, financially speaking, or what most people would call a 
sound business model. We didn’t throw darts at a map, but we might as well have.” 

    They might not have had the best plan, but what they did have were great songs and musicianship, and the 
ability to put on a show. Eighteen years, more than a million miles, 3000 shows, and five Dodge Caravans 
later, they are listed as a “favorite act” by many coffeehouses, clubs and house concerts across the U.S.

    They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

    From the start, they’ve called themselves eclecto-maniacs and described their music as “Celtic to Cowboy."

    They say 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 four 
recordings, Alive!, Waltz of the Wa"flowers, Time Flies and Raw demonstrate that “indecision” can be 
wonderfully entertaining . They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They 
even yodel.

1,000 Candles - 1,000 Cranes

"1,000 Candles - 1,000 Cranes" performed by Small Potatoes (Rich Prezioso & Jacquie Manning) on Nov. 14, 2014 in The Dalles, Oregon

Christmas in the Ashram

Christmas in the Ashram
performed by Small Potatoes (Rich Prezioso & Jacquie Manning) in The Dalles, Oregon on November 14, 2014.

Small Potatoes -- "Time Flies"

Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso of Small Potatoes sing "Time Flies" at the Kentucky Music Weekend in Iroquois Park, Louisville, Ky., on July 28, 2012.