Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

November 2019


  • Annie Patterson will perform at November 2 Song & Story Swap
  • Upcoming local shows

Annie Patterson will join November 2 Song & Story Swap

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

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

Annie Patterson will be the featured performer at the November 2 Song & Story Swap.Annie Patterson will join Nov. 2 Song & Story Swap in Amherst

Annie Patterson is one of America's premiere song leaders. She has been leading singing around the globe for over 30 years and is well known for her work as co-creator/editor of the songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again.

An accomplished folk performer and jazz vocalist, Annie sings old songs and new. She carries with her a suitcase of incredible song knowledge and a repertoire that includes over 2400 songs from many genres, including Americana, contemporary folk, ballads, gospel, country and jazz.  She is a master interpreter of songs from the Appalachian Mountains and British Isles, accompanying herself on banjo and guitar.  Annie is also a jazz vocalist with the swing band Girls from Mars, and a singer with the funk and R&B band The O-Tones.  

Her latest folk recording, Mountain Side, features stunning vocals along with haunting harmonies by the talented voices of Tracy Grammer, Katryna and Nerissa Nields, Mary Witt and Claire Taylor.

Songwriter Peter Berryman sums up Annie Patterson's concerts well: "Her stage presence is infectious; she could get a roomful of store mannequins to break out in song."

Don't miss local artistic treasure Annie Patterson at the Nacul Center in Amherst on November 2 at 7pm.

Learn more about Annie Patterson at  

The opening round theme this month is ScoundrelsThe opening round theme is Scoundrels, knaves and mischevous rapscallions

Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap guest for December 7 will be Katherine First and Cynthia Thomas, and the opening round theme will be Snow.

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

10/30 - Tom Neilson & Lynn Waldron. Music and Social Justice Series, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 7pm.

11/1 - Mary Witt & The O-Tones. First Fridays @Coho. Pioneer Valley Cohousing, 120 Pulpit Hill Rd., Amherst, MA. 7:30pm.

11/3 - Jamie Laval. Polish American Citizens Club, 46 South Main Street, South Deerfield, MA. 4:30pm.

11/8 - Joe Graveline & Nina Gross. Great Falls Coffeehouse, Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A Turners Falls, MA . 7pm.

11/13 - Fiery Hope: an evolution of the Amandla Chorus. Music and Social Justice Series, Forbes Library, 20 West St, Northampton, MA. 7pm.

11/16 - Paul Kaplan. Freedom & Struggle Song Swap. St. James Church, 71 Federal St, Greenfield, MA. 5:30pm. Contact

11/16 - Tom Juravich and Teresa Healy. Mt. Toby Concerts. Mt. Toby Friends Meeting House, 194 Long Plain Road, Leverett, MA. 7:30pm.

11/16 - Gaslight Tinkers. Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse. Wendell Town Hall, Wendell, MA. 7:30pm.

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October 30, 2019