Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.
Saturday, November 7, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Due to the ongoing pandemic precautions, this month’s event will be conducted online via Zoom. To register please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUpcOCgqTouEt Upoyb1caAN02QMbBLWh8z5 or click the button below:
Viewers may also watch the event via YouTube Livestream beginning at 7pm on November 7.
The featured performer at the November 7 Song & Story Swap will be Folksinger and chanty man Geoff Kaufman.
For more than thirty years Geoff Kaufman has been leading audiences to find truth, humor, and beauty in folk music. Whether singing sailor songs with his quartet, Forebitter; or environmental songs on board the Sloop Clearwater in the Hudson River; or in solo performances at coffeehouses throughout the Northeast United States and festivals in Europe, Geoff has entertained and touched audiences near and far.
Former longtime foreman of the Mystic Seaport Museum's Chantey Program and director of its annual Sea Music Festival, Geoff has earned a reputation for bringing maritime songs to life with his richly resonant tenor voice. At the same time he has maintained an active touring schedule featuring music from such formative influences as singers and songwriters from the “folk scare” of the 60s, songs collected in the Catskill Mountains where he grew up and his time as a Sloopsinger with the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Pete Seeger.
Geoff Kaufman draws on talents at singing a cappella or accompanied by guitar, concertina or bones. Since his retirement from Mystic last year, he has turned greater attention to music that speaks to issues of social justice, the climate crisis and our need to find common ground.
Geoff has eight albums available on his website, seven of his music and one he produced with a star-studded cast of performers including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason and Eric Weissberg of folk songs collected at Camp Woodland in the Catskills.
Register to catch Geoff Kaufman perform live over Zoom on November 7.
Learn more about Geoff Kaufman at geoffkaufman.com.
This month’s opening round theme is Change
Looking ahead to next month, the December 5 Song & Story Swap will feature singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch. Stay tuned for details.
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 pvfs.us.
The Song & Story Swap is open to the public, free of charge with donations accepted ($5 - $10 is suggested). Donations to the featured performer may be made securely via credit card or Paypal at https://pvfs.us/donate.
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 https://pvfs.us.
Tuners in to last month's Song & Story Swap heard a spirited set from Dean Stevens and also learned about the fabulous folk and ethical culture program that Dean oversees at the Community Church of Boston.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary season, CCB is bringing to its virtual stage musicians including Emma's Revolution, Magpie and Reggie Harris, and speakers such as former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and The Progressive publisher Norman Stockwell.
Learn more or find previous recordings at the Community Church of Boston website.
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November 1, 2020