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September 2023

Back In the Saddle; September 12, 2023: Welcome to the New Normal. We spent 2020 in shock, 2021 in limbo, and 2022 in musical rehab, working on getting chops back we never knew we had until we lost them. 2023 has brought us to new levels of soul-searching anxiety, at the crossroads of old and new versions of ourselves. The best therapy we've found by far is work. September is bringing us back to what we call reality: driving around, setting up sound, playing, breaking down, rinse, lather, repeat.

June 2023 Update

June 26, 2023: Greetings, everyone! The past few months have been like a double dose of spring, with leaves unfurling and flowers growing as the world keeps opening up after the long Covid winter. We had a few shows in 2020-22, which we were very grateful to have, but it's been a struggle to feel like ourselves without steady work. Every show this year has been a revelation in that regard, bringing us back to ourselves and stoking us with new ideas.

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.