Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

June 2013


  • Verne McArthur will join June 1 Song & Story Swap

Folksinger Verne McArthur will join June 1 Song & Story Swap

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

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

Guest performer for the March 2 Song & Story Swap will be singer and song leader, Verne McArthur.

Verne McArthur will join June 1 Song & Story Swap in AmherstVerne McArthur is a retired college teacher, non-retired activist, workshop leader, singer, and song-leader.  He uses music, especially participatory songs and activities, to inspire collaboration and energize activism--and make it fun! 

Verne has studied singing and song leading from mentors such as Ysaye Barnwell, Nick Page, Bobby McFerrin, and Holly Near. He is a long-time member of the Peoples’ Music Network, an organization of musicians and cultural workers who use music to help build a better world.

A long-time Unitarian-Universalist, Verne travels around UU congregations in New England offering Sunday services built around congregational singing.  As a community activist, he contributes his organizing and music skills to the Pioneer Valley Project, a faith-based multi-ethnic coalition of churches and labor unions in Springfield.

The theme this month is Journeys. Journeys

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

Please note that the Song and Story Swap will be taking a summer break in July and August. We return on September 7th.

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