Feb 15 2019 - 7:30 PM
Many years ago, Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, the Chicago-area duo known as Small Potatoes,
decided to hit the road. “In one year, we quit our jobs, bought a house, bought a car, and became full-time
folk singers–not exactly the greatest combination, financially speaking, or what most people would call a
sound business model. We didn’t throw darts at a map, but we might as well have.”
They might not have had the best plan, but what they did have were great songs and musicianship, and the
ability to put on a show. Twenty-two years, more than a million miles, 3000 shows, and five Dodge Caravans
later, they are listed as a “favorite act” by many coffeehouses, clubs and house concerts across the U.S. They
have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut
Valley Festival, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.
From the start, they’ve called themselves eclecto-maniacs and described their music as “Celtic to Cowboy”.
They say it has taken them “years of careful indecision” to come up with a mix of music that ranges from
country, blues, and swing to Irish, with songwriting that touches on all of those styles and more. Their four
recordings, Alive!, Waltz of the Walflowers, Time Flies and Raw demonstrate that “indecision” can be
wonderfully entertaining. They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They