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The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.” ( 

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, awardwinning ongwriting and arranging talents. They have the unique ability to adapt to the style of music they happen to be playing, 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.

“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

Welcome to Last Minute Folk concert Series

What is Last Minute Folk? 

The Last Minute Folk Concert Series, presented at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, began in 2003. It went on hiatus for a few years in 2008 but resumed in 2011 and is going strong. Most concerts are suitable for all ages. Our nationally and internationally known singer-songwriters perform original music and represent the best in folk, Americana, and traditional music genres, including blues, Americana, bluegrass, contemporary, and world-inspired, to name but a few.

Where Are We?

Last Minute Folk concerts are held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, 4775 SW 21st Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606. Our building is just east of the intersection of 21st and Fairlawn, on the south side of 21st Street.



Last Minute Folk is a true listening room setting, offering exceptional acoustics and concert style seating. The stage and sound system are arranged without restriction to sight lines and no seat in the house is more than 40 feet from the stage, adding to the intimacy of the performance. The evening consists of two 45-minute sets of music with an intermission to provide an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and interact with the musicians.

Past Performers

Cary Cooper, Justin Roth, Vanessa Lively, Beth Wood, Carla Ulbrich, Chuck Pyle, Mackie Redd,  Amy Martin, Dr. John Walker, Jonathan Byrd, Sloan Wainwright, David Massengill, Acoustic Eidolon, Carolyn Cruso, Tim Harrison, Deidre McCalla, Brennen Leigh, Eric Taylor, Johnsmith, Still on the Hill, Anais Mitchell, Toucan Jam, Ellis, Cosy Sheridan with T.R. Ritchie, Dana and Susan Robinson, Erika Luckett, Rik Palieri, Buddy Mondlock, Eric Nassau, Annie Gallup, Tom Kimmel, Jack Williams, Dan Boling and many more.