Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are a folk duo from Massachusetts whose songs resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, commanding familiar traditional melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, and backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. They began in the basements, coffee shops and art spaces of New England, and have since tested the stages of more traditional folk music venues, colleges, living rooms and bar rooms from Boston to Austin, Denver to Nashville, Asheville to Portland, and back 'round again. Hundreds of concerts have been given and thousands of records have been sold, all on their own steam and without the support of major industry assistance. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard's Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Brownbird.
In 2011, Mandeville and Richards began rehearsing with pedal steel/dobro player Peter Hart and multi-instrumentalist Doug Williamson, among others, to release a collection of songs as Mark Mandeville & Old Constitution. This album stands alone, containing both folk rock arrangements and the sparse bluegrass-country tinged songs expected from the duo's recent performances, with the gamut at times drifting into the mainstream. The final cut, indie rock ballad Sleep When You're Dead, was recently used in the film "March Sisters At Christmas" (2012) which aired on the Lifetime network, while the more traditional bluegrass Take A Little Home has been in steady rotation on regional folk radio.
Their 2014 release "Hard Times & Woes" is available now at www.markmandeville.com.