Upcoming Shows:

photo by Michel Verlinden

Upcoming Shows

Friday, 6 March 2020 - 8:00pm
Amazing Things Arts Center
Framingham, MA

A very special show featuring Kat & Brad (Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko), Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Molly Pinto Madigan and more guests to be announced.

Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, Kat & Brad channel and fuse these influences through two voices, a guitar, mandolin, and violin to bring you a mixture of original songs and dusted off covers from the past. The two consist of Brad Bensko on Vocals and Guitar, and Kathleen Parks (of the 2018 Boston Music Award winning group Twisted Pine) on Vocals, Violin, and Mandolin. While busy with performing and writing, they recently recorded, produced, mixed, and released their first LP of original material in March of 2019. 


For 25 years, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines  have been hailed as one of the world’s best blues duos. They have recorded 6 albums together, including the W.C. Handy Award-winning Moving to the Country (2000), and received numerous award nominations from the Blues Foundation. They have performed and recorded with John Sebastian, Susan Tedeschi, Pinetop Perkins and Rory Block. They have opened for Ray Chares, Dr. John, and Little Feat, and performed on international radio and TV shows including Late Night with Conan O’Brien and A Prairie Home Companion. They continue to perform American roots music and their own compositions at festivals, concert halls, and clubs all over the world. As a working team, Paul and Annie have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on original songs, and released the Blues Foundation Award nominated Talking Guitar, I Want You to Know (Tone-Cool/Artemis 1996), Moving to the Country (2000), the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, and Goin' Home (2004), which was nominated for two Handy Awards.


Winner of the Boston Folk Festival's Songwriter Contest and three-time recipient of Club Passim's Iguana Music Fund Grant, Molly Pinto Madigan is a young songwriter who has earned praise for her angelic voice and haunting originals. Filled with smoke and roses, heartbreak and beauty and unrelenting hope, her songs combine nuanced melodies with raw, poetic lyrics to create an intimate and evocative listening experience.

Monday, 24 February 2020 - 9:30pm
Cambridge, MA

We are honored to once again be Geoff Bartley's featured act at his epic open mic at the Cantab Lounge. Geoff has been running the show for over 30 years and hosted some of the best and most beloved folkies anywhere. This show kicks off a series of Cantab Open Mic feature appearances by Paul and Annie on the 4th Monday of every month.

738 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge, MA (617) 354-2685. Signup is at 7:30, Open mic starts at 8. Feature act goes on at 9:30.

Geoff's open mic starts at 8 - Feature act Rishell & Raines go on at 9:30 PM

Thursday, 27 February 2020 - 7:00pm
at the
Regattabar, Charles Hotel, / 1 Bennet St., Cambridge, MA

Screening scenes from They All Stood Up, a documentary in progress about the life and music of James "Superharp" Cotton. This fundraising event will feature a screening of parts of the movie plus music from debonair blues harpman James Montgomery, saxophone phenom Grace Kelly and award-winning blues duo of Paul Rishell & Annie Raines.

Tickets on sale at www.regattabarjazz.com or call (617) 395-7577

Ticket Price $75 Tax Deductible

Saturday, 7 March 2020 - 8:00pm
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA

A return to one of our oldest stomping grounds, Club Passim in Harvard Square. 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! Special guests Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko open the show.


Jan. 12, 2018: Passim, Cambridge, MA - SOLD OUT
Jan. 19, 2018: The Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ
Feb. 18, 2018: The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA - SOLD OUT
Feb. 23, 2018: The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Mar. 3, 2018: Beal House, Plymouth, MA
April 7, 2018: Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, MA - SOLD OUT
April 18, 2018: House Concert, Rochester, NY - SOLD OUT
June 16, 2018: Saturday Night in Marblehead, Marblehead, MA
June 23, 2018: The Bull Run, Shirley, MA - SOLD OUT
July 7-8, 2018: New Bedford Folk Festival
July 19, 2018: The Burren, Somerville, MA - live broadcast - SOLD OUT
September 8, 2018: Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA - Opening for Delbert McClinton
September 15, 2018: Coffeehouse at the Old Ship, Hingham, MA
September 22, 2018: Carriage House Concert, Newburyport, MA - SOLD OUT
September 28-30, 2018: WUMB Blues Camp, Somewhere, NH
October 23, 2018: House Concert, Rochester, NY - SOLD OUT
November 3, 2018: Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA
November 17, 2018: Carriage House Concert, Newburyport, MA - With Sarah Rogo
November 30, 2018: In Your Ear Studio, Richmond, VA
December 1, 2018: House Concert, Washington, DC - SOLD OUT
December 6, 2018: Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA - James Cotton Tribute
December 14, 2018: Acousticool Concert, Bristol, CT - with Kat & Brad
February 16, 2019: Luckart Gallery, Newton, MA - SOLD OUT
March 23, 2019: First Encounter Coffeehouse, N. Eastham, MA
March 30, 2019: Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ
June 7, 2019: Bull Run, Shirley, MA - with John Sebastian
June 15, 2019: Manchester City Library, Manchester, VT
July 13, 2019: Skål, Vinalhaven, ME
July 18, 2019: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY


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Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC TV) (as part of J Band) 1996 & 1999
Arthur "A Word From Us Kids" (PBS TV) December 2003
A Prarie Home Companion (MPR radio) 1995 & 2004
Mountain Stage (WV Public Radio) 2003
NPR Radio Features: Here & Now, The World


  • Merelefest
  • Wheatland Festival
  • Swannanoa Gathering
  • King Biscuit Blues Festival
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
  • Gloucester Blues Festival (UK)
  • Kansas City Jazz & Blues Fest
  • National Blues Festival (UK)
  • Moulin Blues Festival
  • Ole Blues Festival
  • Poconos Blues Festival
  • Savannah Folk Festival
  • Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Mountain Stage
  • Boston Folk Festival
  • Notodden Blues Festival
  • North Atlantic Folk Festival
  • Edmonton Labatts Blues Fest
  • Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Fest
  • Guinness Temple Bar Blues Fest
  • Big Bear Rhythm & Food Fest
  • Luxembourg Blues Festival
  • Ottawa Blues Festival
  • Herndon Blues Festival
  • Silver City Blues Festival
  • Queen City Blues Festival
  • Riverwalk
  • Great British R&B Fest
  • Augusta Heritage Festival
  • Taste of the Blue Ridge Fest
  • Cool Blues & Microbrews Fest
  • KCBS Acoustic Blues Festival
  • Harvest Acoustic Blues Fest
  • Midwinter Blues Festival
  • Chenango Blues Festival
  • River Blues Festival
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Skoebustel Blues Festival
  • Kalamazoo Blues Festival
  • Buckeye Harmonica Convention
  • Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest
  • Cognac Blues Festival


  • Bushnell Theatre - Hartford, CT
  • The Barns At Wolf Trap(as part of J Band) Vienna, VA
  • Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
  • Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME
  • Kitty C. Hart Theatre at the Egg - Albany, NY
  • Jorgenson Auditorium - Storrs, CT
  • Capitol Center for the Arts - Concord, NH
  • Lowell Auditorium - Lowell, MA
  • Ellington Theatre - Lynchburg, VA
  • The Orpheum Theatre - Memphis, TN
  • Westbury Music Fair - Westbury, NY
  • The Paradise - Boston, MA
  • Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
  • Jazzhaus - Freiburg, Germany
  • Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
  • BamBoo Room - Lake Worth, FL
  • House of Blues - Cambridge, MA
  • The Bitter End - New York, NY
  • Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
  • Catamount Arts Center - St. Johnsbury, VT
  • The Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
  • The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Irving Plaza - New York, NY
  • Crossroads Cafe - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Oupeye Castle - Oupeye, Belgium
  • Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
  • Jersey Arts Centre - Jersey, UK
  • Plaza Palomino - Tucson, AZ
  • Frick Fine Arts Center - Pittsburgh, PA

PAUL RISHELL AND ANNIE RAINES HAVE OPENED FOR: Ray Charles, Little Feat, Asleep at the Wheel, Susan Tedeschi, Leon Russell, John Hammond, Dr. John, and John Sebastian.