Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

December 2000


  • Kelly Erwin and Warren Graham at December Song & Story Swap
  • Welcome Yule
  • Winter Celebrations
  • Calendar

Kelly Erwin and Warren Graham to be December 8 Song & Story Swap Guests

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

Friday, December 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.

Warren Graham & Kelly ErwinJoining us will be Kelly Erwin and Warren Graham, a pair of enthusiastic group singers with a love of harmonies.  Warren cultivated his clear, deep voice singing chanteys at Mystic Seaport, while Kelly enjoys joining folk singalong events such as the Pickin' and Singin' Gatherin' in Albany.

The Song & Story Swap is an event where people of all ages gather 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 suggested warm-up themes are the Weather or the Solstice.

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

Welcome Yule

Welcome YuleIf you 're looking for an uplifting, joyful experience in the coming holiday season, you couldn't do better than Welcome Yule: A Mid-Winter Celebration.  In its sixteenth year, and under the music directorship of Paul Kaplan, Welcome Yule brings together the talents of Pioneer Valley adults and children in song, dance, story-telling, a very silly mummers play, and the haunting Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance.  The audience actively participates in the show, which brims with frivolity and good will.  In this season of diminished light and holiday stresses, Welcome Yule offers refreshment for the spirit and an opportunity to rejoice.  It's a great show for families.  Spread the word!  At the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA, Welcome Yule performances are Friday and Saturday, December 8 and 9, at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10, at 2:00.  Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and children, and are available at the World Eye Bookshop (Greenfield), the Jones Library (Amherst), and Boswell's Books (Shelburne Falls), or call the Shea at (413) 863-2281.

Winter Celebrations, cont.

Two more winter celebrationsTwo more winter-time celebrations in the area will feature popular folk performers.  The beautiful harmonies of Priscilla Herdman, Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen can be heard in their Voices of Winter concert at the Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse in Springfield on December 3 at 4:00 p.m.  See for details.

And on Thursday, December 14, the ever-popular quartet of Tony Barrand, John Roberts, Andy Davis and Fred Breunig bring Nowell Sing We Clear to the Ashfield Town Hall.  Call (413) 628-3257 for information.

PVFS and Friends Upcoming Event Calendar

  • Dec. 2 - Rise Up Singing with Harmony Party.  Smith College Field House, Northampton, MA. 5:30pm.  413/582-0428 or 413/582-0169.
  • Dec. 3 - Herdman, Hills & Mangsen, Voices of Winter Concert.  U'n'I Coffeehouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield, MA. 4:00pm.  413-562-3990.
  • Dec. 8 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guests Kelly Erwin & Warren Graham.  Black Sheep Cafe. 7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Dec. 8,9,10 - Welcome Yule.  Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA. 8:00pm. (Dec 8, 9); 2:00 p.m. (Dec. 10).  413-863-2281.
  • Dec. 14 - Nowell Sing We Clear,  Midwinter Carols.  Ashfield Town Hall, Ashfield, MA. 7:00pm.  413-628-3257.
  • Dec. 30 - Adam Ezra, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.  at Bob Blue's, 170 E. Hadley Rd., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm. 413-256-8784.
  • 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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November 26, 2000