Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

March 2015


  • Greg Alexander will join March 7 Song & Story Swap
  • Dana & Susan Robinson to play March 8 house concert

Greg Alexander will join March 7 Song & Story Swap

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

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

Folksinger Greg Alexander will join the March 7 Song & Story Swap as guest performer.

Greg Alexander will be featured performer at March 7 Song & Story Swap in AmherstTraveling singer-songwriter Greg Alexander performs a style of music he calls "future folk" -- a combination of bluesy folk & contemporary lyrics. Vintage music supports modern stories from a very lively performer.

Born in Springfield , Massachusetts , Greg found his way to writing music during a year abroad as an exchange student in Paris.

“My host parents were performers, actors and singers. They gave me a guitar to communicate until I could speak French - that took about six months. By then I was hooked on making music.”

Upon returning home Greg continued writing by borrowing his own mother’s Guild F-20, and hasn’t looked back.

A graduate of New York City 's National Shakespeare Conservatory, Greg Alexander has toured as both an actor and musician with the National Shakespeare Company, and Chrysalis Theatre Company of Northampton, Massachusetts, among others. In 2003 Greg won the first ever Newport Folk Festival nation-wide talent search and was the first performer on the main stage that year.

His body of work includes 3 CDs of original songs, the latest being Sky It Shall Be.  Greg is currently working on a  project with Holyoke's Enchanted Circle Theater consisting of a series of staged readings of Elie Wiesel's "Night," scheduled for April.

More information may be found at

The theme this month is Snow. The warm-up theme is "snow"

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 visit

Dana & Susan Robinson will give March 8 concert

Folks who have missed the talented singer-songwriter and guitarist Dana Robinson since he left his Valley home for North Carolina several years ago will have the opportunity to see him perform locally once again this month.

Dana and his wife Susan headline the Traveling Star House Concert Series on March 8. From performing at Carnegie Hall to being featured in Ken Burn’s PBS documentaries, such as “The National Parks,” and “The Dust Bowl,” Dana and Susan have been playing their trademark brand of “new-time, old-time music” for nearly twenty years.

The event begins at 4pm at 71 Solar Way, Greenfield, MA. To reserve a seat, contact Tom Neilson at or call Lynn Waldron at 413-219-6975.

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