Now that the 2017 Massachusetts Walking Tour is finished, it is time for quiet reflection. Follow the link below for a thorough and thoughtful meditation on our time hiking the Thoreau Trail, written by a fellow hiker who spent many consecutive days traveling with our troupe.
2017 Route & Events Find out where we'll be coming to in your area – daily concerts!
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Take a stroll back through time to 1842 and get a preview of our hike through the eyes of Henry David Thoreau. Read Thoreau’s “A Walk to Wachusett”
Meet the Co-Founders
Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state.
Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure as performing songwriters, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer for the past five years they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each evening they stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. These annual two-week treks also raise awareness of the trails and greenways in Massachusetts, using music to make important connections.
Since 2013 Mark and Raianne have been joined by faithful companions Hoot and Holler . Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home. Order a copy of their newest CD Reasons to Run.
2017 Collaboration with local author Marjorie Turner Hollman In planning this year's walking route, the MWT is working together with local author Marjorie Turner Hollman. Our goal is to highlight several of the routes in her book Easy Walks In Massachusetts with scheduled community hikes in the Blackstone Valley.
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Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have organized an annual non-profit bipedal concert tour of Massachusetts in support of arts and culture for towns throughout the state. Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups…
If you are a musician, poet, storyteller, interpretive dancer, or “other,” please contact us to find about performing.
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