Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings
May 2022


Lyn Hardy & Ruth Ungar will join May 7 Song & Story Swap via Zoom

Mother-daughter duo Lyn Hardy & Ruth Ungar will join PVFS Song & Story Swap on May 7 over Zoom

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

Saturday, May 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 or click the button below:

Viewers may also watch the event via YouTube Livestream beginning at 7pm ET on May 7.

The featured performers at the May 7 online Song & Story Swap will be the mother-daughter folk duo Lyn Hardy & Ruthy Ungar.

Lyn Hardy and Ruth Ungar Tune in on the evening of May 7 for a heap of harmony, happiness, heartbreak, and a few yodels with mother-daughter duo Lyn Hardy and Ruth Ungar Merenda.

Lyn Hardy is a fine luthier by trade, living in Woodstock, NY. Her beautiful voice is well known to Pioneer Valley folks from her days in the band Rude Girls for which she wrote such songs as Safety First and The Girl in The Red Velvet Dress.

Lyn will play a guitar she built from scratch and her multi-talented daughter Ruth will join in on fiddle, banjo-uke, and vocals. Ruth keeps busy as a member, with her husband Michael Merenda, of Mike + Ruthy; as one-third of the trio SomeTymes Why; and as a founder, with her husband Michael and Tao Rodriguez Seeger of Signature Sounds recording group The Mammals. Ruth, too, has ties to Western Mass., formerly living in Cummington.

The May 7 Song & Story Swap will be conducted as a Zoom online meeting, with registration required. To register for the event please go to The Zoom event is limited to 100 attendees.

Learn more about Lyn Hardy at and about Ruth Ungar at

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

Looking ahead to next month, the June 4 Song & Story Swap will present songwriter and storyteller Reggie Harris.

The Song & Story Swap is held on the first Saturday of each month, excepting August (and this month), 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

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May 2, 2022