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Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States and Canada since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.
“Mark and Raianne gave an outstanding performance tonight to a sold-out house at the Listening Room where they were able to accomplish something few musicians can do – they totally captivated their audience with two sets of flawless original songs and presented their music with strength and sensitivity.”
– Mary Sue Scott, The Listening Room (Wytheville VA)
“It was a privilege hearing these two. Not only was their musicianship flawless and exquisite, the lyrics were clever, full of humanity, kindness and fun.”
– Lisa Shell, audience member
“The best part of their performance is the undeniable chemistry Mark and Raianne have together; they play with a comfort-ability and trust that can only come with years of partnership. They allow enough space in their musical bond to for us to settle in and witness some serious songwriting and playing.”
- Fred Knittel, WXPN (Philadelphia)