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James J. Gillis,……grew up in Pawtucket, RI and graduated from University of RI in 1981. He started his career at The Newport Daily News in November, 1980 and has won more than 40 writing awards over the last 30 years.  Some of the articles he wrote covered the Newport Jazz Festival’s since 1982 and the Newport Folk Festival since 1985.  As an avid music fan James J. Gillis felt it was always important to write about not only the major acts but covered the local scene as well like the early days of the Newport bands including Throwing Muses and Belly. His contribution to this site includes articles and a historical perspective of local bands, dates and events.









*Note: if you were there and would like to share your memories, pictures or tape please send it info@rirocks.net





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