Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

February 2019


  • Kala Farnham will highlight February 2 Song & Story Swap
  • Upcoming local shows

Kala Farnham will join February 2 Song & Story Swap

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

Saturday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. at the The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Kala Farnham will be the featured performer at the February 2 Song & Story Swap.

Kala Farnham will join Feb. 2 Song & Story Swap in AmherstKala Farnham's signature songwriting is nothing less than a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez. She has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor.

Her first full-length studio album, Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart, was nominated for Best Americana Album in the annual Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist".

Indie Spoonful praises Kala Farnham as an "ever-growing, ever-engaging, and ever-imaginative artist who continuously stretches the boundaries of the genre with honesty, musical grace, and superb song-writing."

Catch her at the February 2 Song & Story Swap.

Find out more about Kala Farnham at

The theme this month is Lessons. The opening round theme is 'Lessons'

Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap guest for March 2 will be folksinger Debra Cowan, and the opening round theme will be Love Gone Wrong.

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

Upcoming local shows

2/8 - Pat & Tex LaMountain. Bobby D Presents. Northampton UU, 220 Main St, Northampton, MA. 7:00pm.

2/17 - Gordon Kramer with Devin Griffiths and Rob Peck. House Concert. Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd., Amherst, MA. 3:00pm.

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January 28, 2019