Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

April 2012


  • Musician-songwriter Don Dixon will join April 7 Song & Story Swap

Don Dixon will join April 7 Song & Story Swap

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

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

Guest performer for the March 3 Song & Story Swap will be versatile Don Dixon.

Don Dixon will join the April 7 Song & Story Swap in AmherstDon Dixon has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a performer, producer and songwriter.

He grew up in Lancaster, South Carolina and played Cole Porter songs in a tuxedo-clad combo called the Cavaliers while in high school. He later recorded major-label albums with a rock band called Arrogance. As a producer he was behind seminal albums by R.E.M., the Smithereens and Marti Jones.

He scored an MTV hit with Praying Mantis and released a string of clever-soulful solo albums. A book of his song lyrics, Songs 101: the Lyrics of Don Dixon was released in 2009.

Dixon's acting ability has been demonstrated in a starring role in an off-Broadway musical, King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running. He played an embittered alcoholic Broadway composer in an underground hit indie film, Camp, and most recently has been touring as bass player with longtime friend Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Learn more about Don Dixon at


The theme this month is WisdomWisdom

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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April 1, 2012