all copies were sold and CD is now out of print
Songwriting is not a science. It’s an art fueled
by inspiration. Sometimes it is an “aha”
moment; and most often it is write and listen,
listen and write until you listen and it’s “right”.
The Rhode Island Songwriters
Association/Hear in Rhode Island was given an
exciting challenge -  to write songs about
Providence, some of which would be
performed at a concert celebrating 375 years
of its founding – a “birthday party” of sorts.
Because the members created such a
wonderful variety of audio/lyrical “creations”,
we felt they should be shared. A CD was
recorded (rather quickly, we might add) –
“Singing About Providence”.  We invite you to
listen & enjoy, laugh & absorb. You may even
learn a little history about this place called
“Providence”. Happy Birthday Providence!
                            Dianne Fuzek
                     November 2, 2011
An Evening Celebrating 375 years of Providence in Song.
On Saturday, October 1st 2011 from 8-10:30pm at the parish hall
at the Church of the Redeemer located at 655 Hope Street in
Providence, Hear In Rhode Island in conjunction with the Rhode
Island Songwriters Association (RISA), and Prov375 will present a
concert featuring members of the RI Songwriters Association
singing songs written about Providence in celebration of
Providence’s 375th anniversary.

At the beginning of the summer 2011, RISA members were
offered a chance to write songs about Providence for this show.
This was to give a wide variety of song styles and involve as many
RISA members as possible in the event. These completed songs
and songs written by the performers will be the material that is
performed on October 1st. They are all about Providence in one
way or another. The six songwriters have chosen two songs each
written by other RISA members songwriters and will also perform
one of their original compositions. This gives more input from
different styles and viewpoints on the subject matter and
interpretations of the songs by the performers. In addition to the
songwriters, poet Indigo Bethea will be reading her work about
Providence. This all adds up to an enjoyable and original
experience and maybe a little bit of a history lesson as well. The
style of music is acoustic singer-songwriter music (mostly vocals
with acoustic guitar) The performances will be performed as a two
sets “in the round” type of show with 3 songwriters on stage at
once “swapping” songs. Poetry will be read in-between sets.
HEAR IN RHODE ISLAND: To encourage and foster
the composition and performance of original and
live music by Rhode Islanders. HIRI works very
closely with the RI Songwriters Association on a
regular basis. HIRI also works and has worked
with with Stone Soup, Blackstone River Theatre,
The Towers in Narragansett, The Folk Alliance, The
Newport Folk Festival, The Newport Sunset
Festival, The Brooklyn Coffeehouse, Arts at the
Armory in Somerville, MA and many more. HIRI
produced the HIRI festival for 7 years (1994-2000)
and presented as many as 100 performers/acts
during each festival.
John Fuzek-Host; Harmony, RI;
Ed McGuirl – Jamestown, RI;
Tracie Potchnik – Providence, RI;
Heather Rose – Providence, RI;
Buddy Cavaleri- North Kingstown, RI;
WS Monroe – Providence, RI;
Poetry by Indigo Bethea – Providence, RI

Songs were written by the above performers, Jim Tata, Billy
Mitchell, Dean Petrella, Jacob Haller and Bill Nottage
Tracie Potochnik, Buddy Cavaleri, Indigo K. Bethea, John Fuzek, WS Monroe, Heather Rose, Ed McGuirl
Photos from the
October 1st 2011
"Singing About
Providence" concert
Indigo, WS (Bill), Tracie
WS (Bill), Tracie, Ed
Buddy, Heather, John
Dianne & Tony Fuzek, Zoey, Abby and Patches Fuzek - for the help, love and support;
Jennifer Smith & John McNiff
from Roger Williams National Memorial for thier support,
inpiration and funding;
 Jan Luby for the inspiration to come up with a project to get a grant,
Mary Ann Rossoni for 20+ years of friendship and playing music and for helping at the
Singing About Providence Show
, Karen Laurino-Fuzek & Anthony Michael Fuzek for
helping me with the sound system
, Janine Schwartz from the Providence Arts, Culture
and Tourist Bureau
;  Billy Mitchell for letting me bounce ideas off of him and for helping
with the PR,
Bre Goldsmith for being my music guru and for helping at the Singing About
Providence Show,
Anne Kirby for letting us use the Church of the Redeemer on Hope
Street for the concert,
Paula Bousquet for helping at the Singing About Providence Show
and many others,
Joanne Lurgio for helping at the Singing About Providence Show,
Christian Williams for videotaping and recording the show, Noël Patoine who planned to
help but survived a disaster,
Greg & Denise Bass who had their Sunday interrupted by
songwriters singing, coming in and out of the house and eating the Dunkin' Munchkins.  Oh,
and Greg did an AWESOME job recording and mastering. Denise made some incredible
home made ravioli that night!,
Ed McGuirl for helping in every way that he could: sound,
friendship, musical advice and much more!
Dean Petrella for his extreme generosity and
updated July 2017