Pioneer Valley Folklore SocietyAbout the PVFS Song & Story Swap

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song & Story Swap happens the 1st Saturday of each month (except July & August) at The Nacul Center in Amherst, Mass., 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Folksinger and songwriter Paul Kaplan is the regular host.

The Song and Story Swaps consist of three segments:John Porcino, Jeff Lee, Paul Kaplan at the PVFS Song & Story Swap

  1. We start with a warm up round.  A theme is announced and we go around the room, with each person invited to introduce herself or himself, and to tell a story or sing a song related to the theme.  It's also quite acceptable to pass and just listen.
  2. After a brief intermission, the guest performer plays about a forty-five minute set.  Click to see a list of our past guests and themes.
  3. We go around the room again, with folks invited to swap songs or stories, and no need to stick to the theme.

There is no admission fee a hat is passed during the guest artist's performance for donations.  $5-$10 is suggested.  The guests will often have CDs available to buy.

The Song & Story Swaps are held near downtown Amherst at The Nacul Center, a former Methodist Chapel that has been renovated into studios, a gallery and a lovely 60-seat performance space.

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The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst, MAThe Nacul Center is located at 592 Main St. in Amherst, Mass., one-and-a-half blocks east of the railroad tracks.

Visit the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society home page to sign up to receive monthly email announcements of local folk events or to learn about upcoming Song & Story Swap performers and themes.

For booking inquiries and further information please contact
Paul Kaplan at (413)-687-5002, or Jeff Lee at (413)-256-0433.

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