Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

April 2019


  • Joshua Garcia and Ben Grosscup will join April 6 Song & Story Swap
  • Upcoming local shows

Joshua Garcia and Ben Grosscup will join April 6 Song & Story Swap

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

Saturday, April 6, 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, Mass (see map).

Topical singer-songwriters Joshua Garcia and Ben Grosscup will be the featured performers at the April 6 Song & Story Swap.

Joshua Garcia will join April 6 Song & Story Swap in AmherstJoshua Garcia is a songwriter whose poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocals have evoked comparisons to Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan, his boyhood idols. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Joshua now resides in Astoria, Queens. With his strong baritone, wide-ranging blues style guitar work, and deadpan sense of humor, Joshua has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the most sought after singers in the NYC folk world.

Ben Grosscup leads songs at picket lines, rallies, marches, conferences, and house concerts to inspire and agitate for justice and peace. Drawing Ben Grosscup will join April 6 Song & Story Swapupon activist folk singing traditions, he brings new songs to the movement-building spaces where they are most relevant. He has worked with unions and social justice groups to raise political consciousness and enjoin people to sing together for a common purpose. Ben performs a wide range of politically inspired music, much of it original. He is working on his debut CD release.

Based in Greenfield, Ben Grosscup is currently the Executive Director of People’s Music Network (, a diverse community of singers, artists and activists promoting a just and peaceful world.  The organization was founded in 1977 by Pete Seeger and Charlie King.

Catch Joshua Garcia and Ben Grosscup performing at the Song & Story Swap in Amherst on April 6.

The theme this month is Public Officials. The opening round theme this month is 'Public Officials'

Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap guest for May 4 will be singer-songwriter Gordon Kramer, and the opening round theme will be Spirit.

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

4/7 - Anne Louise White and Friends. Arise for Social Justice. UU Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. 7:00pm.

4/12 - Jay Mankita. Free Concert. Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd., Amherst, MA. 7:30pm.

4/13 - Pamela Means Project. Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse. Wendell Town Hall, Wendell, MA. 7:30pm.

4/20 - Crys Matthews and Heather Mae. Mt. Tobt Concerts. Mt. Toby Friends Meeting House, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA. 7:30pm.

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April 1, 2019