Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

February 2014


  • Jackson Gillman will join February 1 Song & Story Swap
  • R.I.P. Pete Seeger

Jackson Gillman will join February 1 Song & Story Swap

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

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

Guest performers for the event will be storyteller and songster Jackson Gillman.

Jackson Gillman will join Feb. 1 Song & Story SwapEnergy, wit, music, and wisdom are the stock in trade of Jackson Gillman as he incorporates comedy, drama, music, dance, mime, and sign language into his own intimate style of theatre.

On the eve of Groundhog Day, Jackson Gillman will regale the audience with his Mid-Winter Night's Dream. Is it a groundhog or Jackson who allegedly goes on a walkabout tracking an otter, ends up airborne after a terrifying slide, plunges into icy water, somehow survives hypothermia and dances under the Northern Lights with an angel? Jackson swears that much of these winter escapades are true-life.  Gather round for what will surely be a wild ride, and intriguing fun trying to divine fact from fiction…

The event serves as a prelude to Jackson's 8th annual Springboards for Stories workshop to be held Feb. 7-10 at Naulakha, Rudyard Kipling's home in Brattleboro, VT.

Learn more about Jackson at

The theme this month is Stars. Stars

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

RIP Pete

Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt at Clearwater 2013
Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt at Clearwater Festival last June. (Photo by Carol Gray)


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January 28, 2014