Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

November 2009


  • Singer-songwriter John Currie will join the November 7 Song & Story Swap
  • Sing Out for Single Payer concert features lustrous lineup on Nov. 10

John Currie will highlight November 7 Song & Story Swap

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

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

John Currie will join November 7 Song & Story Swap in AmherstGuest performer at the November 7 Song & Story Swap will be singer and songwriter John Currie.

The reticent, but gifted John Currie has a passion for a well crafted song, a song that tells a story in three minutes.  Accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica, he has been performing at clubs, cafes, fairs and festivals for the last two decades.

A native of Turners Falls and resident of Orange, many of John's songs reflect growing up in the Pioneer Valley, past and present.  One of his compositions, The River, earned him first place among more than 60 entries in the Connecticut River Watershed Council's 2008 Songwriting Contest.  Returning to the competition this year, he was once again a finalist with his song Seems to Know.

The warm-up theme this month is STUFFStuff

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

Sing Out for Single Payer concert to be held Nov. 10 in Amherst

Sing Out for Single Payer!On Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at the North Congregational Church in North Amherst, a stellar lineup will present a concert to benefit the Massachusetts Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare. Sing Out for Single Payer will feature Charlie King, Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry, Pat & Tex LaMountain, Jay Mankita, Roger Tincknell, Sarah Pirtle, and Annie Patterson, with emcee Peter Blood.

Tickets are available at the door begninning at 6:30 p.m. For info contact Alice at (413) 253-3197.

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