Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

January 2009


  • Rani Arbo and Andrew Kinsey will heat up January 3 Song & Story Swap

Rani Arbo and Andrew Kinsey will join January 3 Song & Story Swap

Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.

Saturday, January 3 , 7:00-9:30 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Rani Arbo & Andrew Kinsey will perforjm at the January 3 Song & Story Swap in AmherstPlease note that the Song & Story Swap has moved to the first Saturday of each month.

Featured performers at the January 3 Song & Story Swap will be popular folk musicians Rani Arbo and Andrew Kinsey

Rani Arbo is the founder of Daisy Mayhem. First and foremost a singer, she has a beautiful, malleable alto and a sense for the heart of a song. Steeped in thirty years of choral music, Arbo has also logged years with a honky-tonk band, a Balkan rock band, and almost a decade with the folk-bluegrass band Salamander Crossing. A cellist by training, her swampy, self-taught fiddling draws from swing, blues, and old-time music.  She has toured and recorded with Joan Baez, John McCutcheon and many others.

Andrew Kinsey began his musical life as the youngest bagpiper in his town. Since then, he has taken up the slightly more socially acceptable double bass, with frequent regressions to the ukulele and banjo. Arbo’s singing partner for more than fifteen years, his rich, compelling baritone, generous spirit, and rock-solid bass playing keep daisy mayhem glued together. Kinsey’s musical and humorous sensibilities inspired the band’s debut CD, Cocktail Swing, which romps through vintage country, swing and jazz chestnuts.

The All Music Guide has described Daisy Mayhem as “Bursting with fun and exuberance, tight sound and spirit... Arbo could be the Kitty Wells of the new millennium.”

Rani Arbo and Andrew Kinsey are returning to their former home-base of Amherst after a long absence.  Don't miss this special event!

Visit the web site of Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem at

The warm-up theme this month is Change.Change

The Song & Story Swap is open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted.  People of all ages gather to share stories and songs that are traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, or request a song or story.  Listeners are welcome.

For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-687-5002 or Jeff Lee, (413)-256-0433 or visit

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