Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

November 2017


  • Abe Loomis will join November 4 Song & Story Swap
  • Folk Sounds of the Valley
  • Show of Cards at Coho

Abe Loomis will join November 4 Song & Story Swap

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

Saturday, November 4, 7:00 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Guest performer at the November 4 Song & Story Swap will be singer-songwriter Abe Loomis.

Abe Loomis will join Nov. 4 Song & Story Swap in AmherstWestern Massachusetts native Abe Loomis released his first full-length solo LP, The Early Treasuries, in 2014. That record — praised in the press for “transcendent songwriting and musicianship” — was a showcase of eclectic indie folk that included a slew of outstanding players.

He has emerged as one of the Northampton music scene's bright lights, writing exquisite songs, shining on guitar and banjo, and occasionally teaming up with local talents like David Chalfant, Eric Lee and Jim Henry. 

His most recent work is called The Hoosac Line. Mixed by veteran producer Lorne Entress and drawing on disparate threads in American music, the album weaves together soulful song craft and world-class musicianship, boldly broadening the sonic repertoire of an award-winning American songwriter.

Find out more about Abe Loomis and his music at

The theme this month is Hometowns. The opening round theme is Hometowns

The Song & Story Swap is held on the first Saturday of each month, excepting July and August, and is jointly sponsored by the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society and the Nacul Center (  Visit the Folklore Society website at

The Song & Story Swap is open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted ($5 - $10 is suggested).  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

Folk Sounds of the Valley

Jamoof, Bobby D, and Orlen & Gabriel will perform at the Folk Sounds in the Valley concert on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7pm. It takes place at the UU Society, 220 Main St., Northampton. For info contact

Coho Concert - Show of Cards

Appearing at this month's Coho Concert on November 3 will be Show of Cards.

Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Road in North Amherst. Doors open: at 7 PM, Concert starts at 7:30.

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November 2, 2017