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 to highlight both artistic diversity and recreational land use. With each visit, a community has pulled together and taken part in a dialogue which serves to strengthen local investment in the arts.
People still ask “so you actually walk?” YES, with our instruments, and camping gear, to each and every show – and after 8-13 miles of hiking roads and trailways, we perform a concert.
“Well, how does that support the arts?” Each WT event is a collaboration of cultural movers and shakers such as local artists, art organizations, trail volunteers, cultural council members, and school systems for an evening of shared ideas, stories, and song – thanks to state grants and private trusts, the concerts are always FREE for the communities we visit.