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Playing Around: Small Potatoes

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Growing potatoes is an art. Space them too far apart, squish them in too closely, water them too much or not enough and you're gonna end up with misshapen, knobby taters.

These taters are as smooth, mature and well-formed as a prime Idaho baking spud, in spite of their name. Small Potatoes is the husband-and-wife acoustic team of guitarist, drummer and penny whistle player Jacquie Manning and guitarist Rich Prezioso. The couple's eclectic repertoire has made them a favorite on the folk circuit, performing everything from original, jazz, blues and swing to Irish, traditional, country and gospel. It has taken years of "careful indecision" for the self-proclaimed "eclectomaniacs" to come up with their diverse musical mix.

While playing so many styles would be a challenge for many musicians, Jacquie and Rich take it in stride. Both have been solo vocalists, and their combined harmonies mesh well with Rich's virtuoso lead and rhythm guitar work. Jacquie's dramatic and expressive vocals, along with her flute and drum, help to create an intriguing stage presentation.

Small Potatoes returns to the Black Rose Acoustic Society Friday night. The concert will be held at the log cabin Black Forest Community Center, on the corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads, just north of the fire department. Tickets are $8 for BRAS members, $12 for non-members. Reserve your seats by calling 578-0254, or purchase tickets at the door.

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