Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

May 2001


  • May 11 Song & Story Swap will feature Sue Kranz & Ben Tousley
  • Whither Zither, monthly column by Peter Berryman
  • Joy of Clowning workshop 
  • Pioneer Valley Songbag - recent additions to the playlist
  • Calendar

May 11 Song & Story Swap will feature Sue Kranz & Ben Tousley

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

Friday, May 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.

Sue Kranz & Ben TousleyMay's guests will be Boston-based duo Sue Kranz and Ben Tousley.  They bring beautiful harmonies to stirring ballads, anthems and singalongs for an uplifting evening of song.  Singing together since 1986 and playing flute and guitar, Sue and Ben have collaborated on several recordings and have appeared in coffeehouses throughout New England.

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 warm-up theme for the month is Land.

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

Whither Zither - monthly column by Peter Berryman

Whither ZitherFans of Wisconsin duo Lou & Peter Berryman, whom PVFS has presented in concert the past three years, may enjoy checking out Whither Zither, the monthly column that Peter Berryman contributes to the Madison Folk Music Society's newsletter, Mad Folk News.  Like his song lyrics, Peter's articles cover a galaxy of topics, frequently reflecting his fascination and penchant for wordcraft.

The June 1999 edition of Whither Zither is of particular local interest as it relates Peter Berryman's meeting with Greenfield songwriter, Lorre Wyatt.  See 

Joy of Clowning Workshop

Joy of Clowning Workshop - May 26On May 26 Dagen Julty presents an "all-day, all-out, over-the-top, hands-on workshop for people who really care about our world."  Entitled "The Joy of Clowning," the workshop teaches basic clowning skills, character development, clown history and philosophy, and group games.  It will also feature a field trip to the supermarket and a rest home.  The session takes place at the Center for Extended Care in Amherst.  For information contact Dagen at (413)-259-1808.

Pioneer Valley Songbag - recent additions to the playlist

Pioneer Valley SongbagPioneer Valley Songbag is our web radio station devoted to the music of folk and acoustic artists who have lived in the Pioneer Valley.

Artists recently introduced to the playlist include Ben Demerath, Annie Gallup, Doug Hewitt, Kitchen Table, and the Bobby Darling Show, while tracks by Mark Erelli, Taj Mahal, John O'Connor, and Lui Collins & Dana Robinson have also been added.  If your computer has an MP3 player and a 56Kb or faster internet connection you should be all set to tune in.  Just visit and click on the speaker icon.

PVFS and Friends Upcoming Event Calendar

  • May 5 - Bill Staines, Plainfield Congregational Church, Rt. 116, Plainfield, MA. 7:00pm.  413-634-2258.
  • May 10 - Elizabeth Farnsworth, The Cupping Room, 383 Dwight St., Holyoke, MA. 7:00pm.  413-533-1781.
  • May 11 - Brooks Williams, Iron Horse, 20 Center St., Northampton, MA. 7:00pm.  413-584-0610.
  • May 11 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with Ben Tousley & Sue Kranz.  Black Sheep Cafe, 79 Main St., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • May 13 - Charles Neville Jazz Quartet.  Art Bank, 22 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.  6:00pm.  413-625-2580.
  • May 18 - Vance Gilbert, Jackson Hall, 605 Salmonbrook St. (10/202), Granby, CT. 7:30pm.  860-653-3800.
  • May 19 - Ed Trickett.  U'n'I Coffeehouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield, MA. 8:00pm.  413-562-3990.
  • May 19 - Lui Collins.  All Soul's Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield, MA. 8:00pm.  413-773-5018.
  • May 26 - Polly Fiveash and Anand Nyak, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.  at Bob Blue's, 170 E. Hadley Rd., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm. 413-256-8784.
  • May 26 - Rise Up Singing with Harmony,  at Jonathan Goldin/Madelyn Farr's, 51 Pine Grove, Amherst, MA. 6:00pm.  413-253-2535.
  • Jun. 2 - Brooks Williams, Full Moon Coffeehouse, Town Hall, Wendell, MA. 7:30pm.  978-544-8330.
  • Jun. 6 - Viva Quetzal, Porter Phelps Huntington Museum, 130 River Dr., Hadley, MA. 7:00pm.  413-624-3948.
  • Jun. 8 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guest Elizabeth Farnsworth.  Black Sheep Cafe, 79 Main St., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Jun. 8 - Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem.  Montague Bookmill, Montague, MA.  7:00pm.  413-367-9206.
  • Jun. 9 - Jim Henry.  Montague Bookmill, Montague, MA.  7:00pm and 9:00pm.  413-367-9206.
  • Jun. 9 - Gideon Freudmann.  Fire & Water Cafe, 5 Old South St., Northampton, MA.   9:00pm.  413-586-8336.
  • Jun. 10 - Betty & the Baby Boomers.  Art Bank, 22 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.  6:00pm.  413-625-2580.

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May 5, 2001