Lara Herscovitch will join December 5 Song & Story Swap via Zoom

Lara Herscovitch

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

Saturday, December 5, 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 jkrG9WK73eZeve7GJFMLKcx5v66 or click the button below:

Viewers may also watch the event via YouTube Livestream beginning at 7pm on December 5.

The featured performer at the December 5 Song & Story Swap will be singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch.

Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch will join PVFS Song & Story Swap on Dec 5 A deft song spinner and poetess, Lara Herscovitch's musical career has undergone a steady upward trajectory. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a political science degree, Lara Herscovitch has combined her singer-songwriter talents with work in the pursuit of social change for organizations such as Save the Children and the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance. Her growing musical resumé includes emerging artist showcase performances at the Falcon Ridge and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals, an appearance on "A Prairie Home Companion," and being named the Connecticut State Troubadour.

Three years ago Lara gave up professional non-profit work to focus full-time on music. She has released eight recordings, the most recent being Highway Philosophers which she has called "an album of the hero’s journey and all the different elements of it." Prompting words of acclaim wherever she plays, Lara is the cover musician on this month's edition of Soundwaves Magazine.

Lara Herscovitch possesses, in the words of the Boston Globe, "a luminous voice and a buoyant stage presence." In recent months she has focused on strengthening her technical side, enabling her to give standout virtual performances. Register for the December 5 Song & Story Swap at and see for yourself.

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This month’s opening round theme is Magic and Mystery This month's opening round theme is 'Magic and Mystery'

Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap will be bumped to the second Saturday, January 9, and will feature distinguished balladeer John Roberts. 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

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

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

Lui Collins to give virtual concert on Dec 6

River Spirit Music, based in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, has launched a series of Live in 360° virtual concerts and will be featuring Western Massachusetts singer-songwriter Lui Collins on December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be recorded using a 360° camera for an immersive experience and will be followed by a reception on Zoom. For details visit the event page.

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December 1, 2020