Upcoming Shows and Online Lessons

March 8, 2023:

Paul and I are getting ready for our first tour of the Midwest in many years, with shows in Marietta, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, PA. We are both excited about playing for a festival audience again. My own excitement is mixed with more than a dash of panic as I, uh, dash around making preparations for travel. The plan is to front-load all the drama onto this process, so that the trip will be an uneventful one.

The Bull Run, Shirley, MA - sold out!

Saturday, 23 June 2018 - 8:00pmThe Bull Run RestaurantShirley, MASold out!Home of the Egopantis!Name of Event: Paul Rishell and Annie Raines in concertDate:  Saturday, June 23Time: 8 PMVenue: Bull Run RestaurantAddress: 215 Great Rd (Rt 2A), Shirley, MATickets:$20Ticket info: 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190 Toll FreeVenue Website:

New Bedford Folk Festival July 7&8

Saturday, 7 July 2018 - 1:00pmNew Bedford Folk FestivalNew Bedford, MAPaul and Annie are honored to be returning to the New Bedford Folk Festival - a 2-day strolling extravaganza featuring Tom Rush, John Gorka, Hubby Jenkins, Rev. Robert Jones, The Mammals and many more great artists. See the Festival website for full details and schedule. 

Passim January 12 - sold out!

Friday, 12 January 2018 - 8:00pmClub Passim47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MAJust announced! In 2018 Paul and Annie will be celebrating 25 years of playing together as a duo with a yearlong series of concerts starting with a return to one of our oldest stomping grounds, Club Passim in Harvard Square, on January 12. This is where Paul used to open for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and where Annie saw some of her first folk concerts as a tyke. Glad the club is still around and we're still around to enjoy it!

Rochester House Concert - sold out!

Rochester House Concert, Rochester, NYApril 28, 2018 8 PM

The Burren - WUMB Live Broadcast July 19 - Sold Out!


Thursday, 19 July 2018 - 7:00pm 

The Burren

Somerville, MA

WUMB and the Burren Backroom Series present veteran blues duo Paul Rishell & Annie Raines for a live show and broadcast. Please join us and help support local folk radio!  Thursday, July 19, 2018, 7:00 pm EST at: The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA  $14/ADV, $18/DOS $7/ADV w/ WUMB Membership & Coupon Code $11/DOS w/  WUMB Membership Card Doors are at 6pm. Showtime is 7pm.  Dinner and drinks available at all tables.

Summer 2015 - news and new shows

We have had a busy year, teaching country blues at Berklee, traveling to Minneapolis to teach and play for a group of 450 Music Therapists, and playing gigs with our growing band, Mojo Rodéo (pronounced Ro-DAY-oh). We've just posted a video of the band on YouTube (and on our "Video" page) singing 5-part harmony on a Junior Wells and Buddy Guy song, "Little by Little." We've always been privileged to have great musicians in our band and well as great people we can learn from.


July 27, 2014: How does your garden grow? In between visits to local farms for delectable summer vegetables and fruits, we've been raising up a crop of songs, students and shows to take to market in the summer and fall...

Eyesight to the Blind

February 18, 2014 -- If you live in America and you love Roots Music, you celebrate Black History Month year-round. This month we'd like to take the time to mention four great musicians who also happened to be blind: Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Many rural blues artists found their way into musical careers because of disabilities that prevented them from getting regular work.