Simons and Goodwin will join June 5 Song & Story Swap via Zoom

Folk duo Simons and Goodwin will join PVFS Song & Story Swap on June 5

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

Saturday, June 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 or click the button below:

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

The featured performers at the June 5 Song & Story Swap will be folk singing twosome Simons and Goodwin.

Simons and Goodwin Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin have known each other for more than 50 years, meeting when they were both involved in what has been called "the great folk music scare" of the 60's. But it didn't scare them as they embraced the acoustic music and the intimacy of the coffeehouses where they, individually, performed both traditional and contemporary forms of the folk idiom. Over the years, their tastes broadened to include all types of acoustic or Americana styles of music, but with the folk roots always showing through.

Since teaming up in 2006 their intricate arrangements, tight expression and beautiful harmonies have delighted audiences throughout the northeast.

Renee (pronounced Renny) moved to Boston from Augusta, Maine in the early '60's and discovered the Boston/Cambridge folk music scene which was flourishing with the likes of the Cafe Yana, The Unicorn, The Loft, The Orleans, The Sword in the Stone and of course the renowned Club 47. It was then that she began her professional performing career, working for about a year with legendary folk artist Bill Staines in a duo aptly titled, “Bill and Renee”. Together, they had an active performance schedule and, with John Synnott, recorded an album entitled, A Bag of Rainbows which has become a collectors' item in recent years.

Bob Simons' musical projects have included stints with the duo Watkins March Bumppe Shoppe and the string band Frosty Morn'. Bob has written over 50 songs, some of which have made it into the Simons and Goodwin repertoire. He has also released a solo CD of original tunes entitled Falling Through the Years.

A Simons and Goodwin concert is always unpredictable in terms of the set list, always keeping the audience on its toes and anticipating the next song. Register to hear this versatile duo perform from their home base in Maine at the June 5 PVFS Song & Story Swap.

Learn more about Simons and Goodwin at

This month’s opening round theme is Growing Up This month's opening round theme is 'Growing Up'

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

PVFS presents Zoe Mulford in concert on July 10

England's Zoe Mulford will give July 10 concert over Zoom Zoe Mulford's songwriting prowess began to be recognized the world over with her penning and recording of "The President Sang Amazing Grace." This heartrending song about the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, SC moved Joan Baez to pull over when she first heard it on her car radio, and later to record it on her album, "Whistle Down the Wind."

Pioneer Valley Folklore Society is thrilled to present Zoe Mulford in a special virtual concert event on Saturday, July 10 at 2pm. Zoe will be joining us live from her home in Manchester, England.

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June 1, 2021