Small Potatoes is Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso. This Chicago-based duo has been touring on the folk circuit since 1993. They've traveled a million miles, becoming sought-after regulars at many clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts across the U.S. They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and Philadelphia Folk Festival. They were one of the "most requested" acts at the 1999 Falcon Ridge New Artist Showcase. Jacquie is also a winner of the 1998 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.
They call themselves eclecto-maniacs. They describe their music as "Celtic to Cowboy" and 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 Wallflowers", "Time Flies", and "Raw" cover all these styles. They both sing, they both play guitars and an array of other instruments. They even yodel. Dirty Linen Magazine called them "one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit." Sing Out Magazine called them "wonderfully eclectic" and said "Small Potatoes might well be leading mainstays on the folk scene for years to come."
"Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso combine cleverly witty with powerfully poignant songs, along with well chosen covers to present an unusually entertaining and involving repertoire engagingly delivered. Prezioso's song "1000 Candles, 1000 Cranes" is one of the most outstanding songs of the past 50 years."
Rich Warren, The Midnight Special - WFMT Radio, Chicago, IL
When you see Small Potatoes perform, you hear two great voices, some fine guitar playing, and a touch of tin whistle, flute, mandolin, bodhran, and other percussion toys. Together they present a truly rare blend of vocal and instrumental abilities, award-winning songwriting, and arranging talents. They have the unique ability to adapt to the style of music they happen to be playing. They seem comfortably at home whether playing an upbeat cowboy swing tune or a tender, traditional ballad--though there are no rules here either, sometimes the traditional sounds contemporary, sometimes the contemporary sounds traditional. And they also pay attention to the little things, the warmth, the humor and a rapport with the audience that makes for a memorable performance. Their live CD, "Small Potatoes Alive!" showcases both their story-telling abilities and their easy manner with an audience. You will find yourself laughing one minute, and crying the next.
"They don't sound like anybody else. I like that. They lay out a blanket and every song is a picnic."—Warren Nelson
Big Top Chautauqua/Tent Show Radio--Wisconsin Public Radio, Bayfield, WI
SMALL POTATOES HAS OPENED FOR OR SHARED STAGES WITH:
Tom Paxton, Greg Brown, John McCutcheon, Tom Chapin, Christine Lavin, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Utah Phillips, Cheryl Wheeler, Robin & Linda Williams, David Wilcox, Bryan Bowers, Peter Rowan, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Bill Staines, Trout Fishing in America, Austin Lounge Lizards, Susan Werner, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Bobs, David Massengill, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, James Keelaghan, Cliff Eberhardt, John Stewart, Jack Williams, Michael Johnson, Tanglefoot, Billy Jonas, Michael Smith.
"Small Potatoes did one of the best shows we have ever had at the Rouse House Concerts. Many of our regulars believe it was THE best show they have seen - bar none! They are great."
Bruce Rouse, Rouse House Concerts, Austin, TX