Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

September 2012


  • Sean Vernon will kick off fall season of Song & Story Swap
  • Down Home night at Watermelon Wednesdays
  • Lou Reviews Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry

Poet-singer Sean Vernon will join September 1 Song & Story Swap

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

Saturday, September 1, 7:00 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Sean Vernon will join September 1 Song & Story Swap in AmherstGuest performer for the Sept will be poet and singer-songwriter, Sean Vernon.

Sean Vernon is well regarded for his creative adaptation of poetry to music.  He has developed songs from the poems of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and others.

Sean Vernon has recorded 6 CDs, and is at work on a 7th, “Hope Is The Thing,” his third album of musical settings of poems by Emily Dickinson.  Sean recently performed at a benefit concert along with Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem and The Boxcar Lilies.  The event was organized to help raise money for Sean’s healing journey from MS.

A selection of Sean’s recordings are available at 


The theme this month is Great BritainGreat Britain


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

Annie Patterson, Pat & Tex Lamountain play Whately Chapel on Sept. 5

The long-running summer music series Watermelon Wednesdays enters its final month of the season on September 5 with "Down Home" night. Folk heroine Annie Patterson will perform, backed up by Cellist Mark Fraser and Anand Nayak of Daisy Mayhem. Opening will be the similarly awesome Pat & Tex Lamountain.

The concert is at the the West Whately Chapel in Whately, MA and begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15.

Tracy Grammer & Jim Henry revisited

The well-honed ears and cerebellum of Lou Wigdor have come together to produce a recently filed review of our June concert.

Read Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry Captivate Amherst, Foster Dave Carter's Legacy on Lou's blog, Wig & Pen.

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