Charlie King will join March 6 Song & Story Swap via Zoom

Folksinger Charlie King will join PVFS Song & Story Swap on Mar 6

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

Saturday, March 6, 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 or click the button below:

Viewers may also watch the event via YouTube Livestream beginning at 7pm on March 6.

The featured performer at the March 6 Song & Story Swap will be folksinger and songwriter Charlie King.

Charlie King Charlie King has been at the heart of American folk music for over half a century and has been writing songs for the past 45 years. A gifted storyteller, a poignant satirist, a celebrated songwriter and master song collector, Charlie moves and entertains audiences with his conscience-raising voice, guitar and harmonica.

Charlie’s songs have been recorded and sung by a long list of performers such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Ronnie Gilbert, John McCutcheon, Arlo Guthrie, Peggy Seeger, Chad Mitchell and Judy Small. He has recently been touring with his latest CD, Step by Step, recorded with Annie Patterson (of Rise Up Singing fame), which was released in February 2019.

Honors that he has earned include: an "Indie" award for one of the top three folk recordings of 1984; the War Resisters League’s 1998 Peacemaker Award given to Charlie and Odetta; the 1999 Sacco-Vanzetti Social Justice Award for which he was nominated by Pete Seeger; and the 2009 International Labor Communications Association award for Best Labor History Story. In October of 2017 he received the annual Phil Ochs Award, in recognition of his music and activism for social and political justice.

Charlie has recorded over a dozen solo albums since 1976, as well as three albums with the touring ensemble Bright Morning Star, and numerous compilation albums with other artists. He is a founding member of the People's Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle.

Learn more about Charlie King at

This month’s opening round theme is Home This month's opening round theme is 'Home'

Looking ahead to next month, the April 3 Song & Story Swap will feature singer-songwriter Jay Mankita. The theme for the round of sharing will be Humor.

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

Paul Kaplan will give virtual CD release concert on March 27

Paul Kaplan will celebrate CD release on Mar. 27 over Zoom Longtime host of the Song & Story Swap Paul Kaplan will celebrate the release of his latest CD with a virtual concert on Saturday, March 27 at 7:30pm. We Shall Stay Here, Paul's sixth album, includes 12 of his original songs – some humorous, some biographical and some inspirational – and is bolstered by accompaniment from Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, John Roberts, Diana Peelle, Annie Patterson, Max Cohen and the Leverett Community Chorus, among other musical stalwarts.

Admission is free with donations requested. The Zoom concert audience will be limited to the first 100 registrants. Register at The event may also be viewed on YouTube at

Music of the People airs weekly on WMCB

Diane Crowe DJs Music of the People on WMCB Music of the People is a weekly folk music radio show DJed by Diane Crowe on WMCB 107.9FM in Greenfield. MA. The program airs every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00pm and is rebroadcast on Thursdays at 4pm and Sundays at noon. It is also carried by Valley Free Radio, 103.3 FM in Northampton, Fridays at 7pm.

Tune in to hear political folk music by independent singer-songwriters who are not aired on commercial radio stations. Music for the People can be streamed live at

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March 1, 2020