Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

January 2001


  • Davis Bates to spin tales at January Song & Story Swap
  • Montague Bookmill offers folk series
  • People's Music Network Winter Gathering 2001
  • Our Grammy nominee
  • Calendar

Davis Bates to spin tales at January Song & Story Swap

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

Friday, January 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.

Davis BatesJanuary's guest, Davis Bates, has been a performing storyteller for twenty years. His repertoire runs from international folktales to ghost stories to New England lore, and captivates both children and adults. Davis' 1996 cassette recording entitled Family Stories earned the year's Parents' Choice Gold Award.

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.
The suggested warm-up theme for the month is Childhood Memories.

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

Montague Bookmill offers folk series

Montague Bookmill offers folk seriesThe scenic and intimate Montague Bookmill serves as the venue for a new house concert series.  Organized by booking manager Jaime Morton, the spring lineup will include Jim Henry, Joyce Zymeck and Ben Demerath among its many dates.  For the latest schedule see

People's Music Network to gather in Hartford

The People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle will conduct a weekend-long gathering in Hartford, January 26-28.  Workshops, singalongs, a speaker and a Friday night concert are on the agenda.  For details, see

Our Grammy nominee

Best of Broadside 1962-1988Paul Kaplan, host of the monthly PVFS Song & Story Swaps, has been honored by the selection of his song, Vietnam, in the recent Smithsonian Folkways release The Best of Broadside 1962-1988.  The 5-CD set is sub-titled "anthems of the American underground from the pages of Broadside Magazine," and includes such towers of the folk world as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Buffy Sainte-Marie.  The collection has now been nominated for a Grammy award in two categories: Best Historical Album, and Best Liner Notes.  Good luck Paul!

PVFS and Friends Upcoming Event Calendar

  • Jan. 12 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guest Davis Bates.  Black Sheep Cafe. 7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Jan. 13 - Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen.  U'n'I Coffeehouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield, MA. 8:00pm.  413-562-3990.
  • Jan. 26-28 - People's Music Network Winter Gathering. M.D. Fox Elementary School, Hartford, CT.
  • Jan. 28 - Ingrid Noyes, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.  at Bob Blue's, 170 E. Hadley Rd., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm. 413-256-8784.
  • Feb. 9 - PVFS Song & Story Swap.  Guest TBA.  Black Sheep Cafe. 7:30pm.  413-253-9484.

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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, Amherst, Mass.
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Director/Host: Paul Kaplan
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January 7, 2000