Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

January 2013


  • Folksinger Ben Grosscup will join January 5 Song & Story Swap

Folksinger Ben Grosscup will join Jan. 5 Song & Story Swap

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

Saturday, January 5, 7:00 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Guest performer for the event will be topical folksinger, Ben Grosscup.

Ben Grosscup will join January 5 Song & Story Swap in AmherstBen Grosscup performs songs of social critique. His original compositions address issues such as student debt, ecological breakdown, and the erosion of personal freedoms. He performs songs of fellow artists that express a sensibility for serious social change and that nurture the longing for a free society.

His resonant voice and thumping guitar are the foundation for lyrics that make no apology for having a position on contemporary events. Based in Amherst, MA, Ben is an activist involved in organizing for immigrant rights, ecological justice, and resisting military violence. He serves on the Steering Committee of People’s Music Network.

For more information about Ben Grosscup and his music see

The theme this month is Ecology.ecology 


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

PMN Winter Gathering - Jan. 25-27, Springfield, MA The People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom And Struggle, Inc (PMN) will hold its 2013 Winter Gathering January 25-27 in Springfield, Mass. A weekend of workshops, song swaps and performances is planned.

For details, please see

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January 2, 2013