Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

November 2000


Tim Van Egmond Will Be Guest Artist at November 10 Song & Story Swap

Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the November Pioneer Valley Folklore Society SONG & STORY SWAP.

Friday, November 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Cafe, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.

Tim Van EgmondNovemberís guest performer is folksinger and storyteller Tim Van Egmond. Van Egmond weaves together tales, tunes, and songs ≠ from the rib-tickling to the spine-tingling to the heart-warming. He accompanies himself on a wide variety of traditional instruments, including guitar, hammered dulcimer, conga drum, and limberjack (a dancing wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm on a paddleboard). His high-spirited enthusiasm, warmth, and engaging humor create a moving and enjoyable experience for all who hear him. Renowned author and storyteller Jane Yolen has said of him, "Tim is a triple treat. He can sing, he can play a variety of wonderful instruments, and he can tell whopping good tales!"

The Song & Story Swap is an event where people of all ages gather along with host Paul Kaplan to share stories and songs that may be traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, play an instrument or request a song or story.  Listeners are welcome, too.  Admission is free, with donations accepted.

This month's warm-up theme is Gratitude.

The PVFS Song & Story Swap happens the 2ND FRIDAY of every month.  For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-253-9484 or Jeff Lee, (413)-256-0433 or visit

Dana Robinson in Concert at the Black Sheep, November 3

Dana Robinson -- The TradeAfter a two-month tour of coffeehouses across America, Dana Robinson returns home to the Valley where we'll be able to catch up with him at the Black Sheep Cafe in Amherst.  Dana will be celebrating the recent release of his CD, The Trade, which has experienced a great reception, reaching number four on the national folk DJ charts.  The show is on Friday, November 3, beginning at 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $8.  Contact (413)-256-0433 for info. More about Dana may be found at

Stone Soup Coffeehouse at Bob Blue's

To call these evenings intimate would be an understatement.  The last Saturday of each month esteemed songwriter Bob Blue hosts one of his numerous friends in the northeast folk music community for a public performance in his living room.  November 25 is Irish night featuring the celtic music of bodhran player Kevin Goodan and fiddler Kira Sherwood.  The performance takes place at 82, The Brook on East Hadley Rd. in Amherst, and begins at 7:30 p.m.  For info call (413)-256-8784.

Orrin Star to Present Flatpicking Workshop, Concert

Orrin StarOn Saturday, November 18 former National Flatpicking Champion Orrin Star offers an instructional workshop on Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar at Fretted Instruments, 49 S. Pleasant St. in Amherst.  For guitarists of all levels, the session runs from noon to 3:00 p.m. and costs $45.  Call (413)-256-6217 to register.

Orrin Star will also be performing in concert at the Montague Grange Hall on November 18 at 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $10.

Rise Up Singing with Harmony (R.U.S.H)

These monthly pot luck dinners and group sings have become a very popular event.  Rise Up Singing songbooks are passed around and then everyone takes turns choosing a song for a singalong.  Several guitars are generally present for accompaniment.  The sings are hosted at a different volunteer's home on the last Saturday of each month.  Contact Jonathan Goldin at to join the R.U.S.H. mailing list.

PVFS and Friends Upcoming Event Calendar

  • Nov. 3 - Dana Robinson, Concert & CD Release Celebration.  Black Sheep Cafe, 79 Main St., Amherst, MA. 8:00pm.  413-256-0433.
  • Nov. 10 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guest Tim Van Egmond.  Black Sheep Cafe. 7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Nov. 11 - Lui Collins.  Red Barn, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. 8:00pm.  413-625-2166.
  • Nov. 18 - Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar Workshop with Orrin Star.  Fretted Instruments, 49 S. Pleasant St, Amherst, MA. noon-3pm.  413-256-6217.
  • Nov. 18 - Orrin Star.  Montague Grange Hall, Montague, MA. 8pm.  413-367-9380.
  • Nov. 25 - Kevin Goodan and Kira Sherwood, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.  at Bob Blue's, 170 E. Hadley Rd., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm. 413-256-8784.
  • Dec. 8 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guests Kelly Erwin & Warren Graham.  Black Sheep Cafe. 7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Jan. 12 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guest Davis Bates.  Black Sheep Cafe. 7:30pm.  413-253-9484.

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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, Amherst, Mass.
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October 28, 2000