Debra Cowan will be October 12 Song & Story Swap guest
Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the October Pioneer Valley Folklore Society SONG & STORY SWAP.
Friday, October 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.
Appearing as guest performer will be folksinger Debra Cowan. Trained as a classical musician, Debra changed directions in the eighties and began focusing on the interpretation of old songs and ballads. Her talent as a vocalist has made her a popular performer at festivals, coffeehouses and folk radio shows in both the U.S. and U.K. Debra's sixth album, The Long Grey Line, was released this past year.
Find out more about Debra Cowan at her web site, http://www.debracowan.com.
The Song & Story Swap is an event where people of all ages gather to share stories and songs that may be traditional, newly written, or of personal experiences. You can tell, sing, or lead everyone in singing, play an instrument or request a song or story. Listeners are welcome, too. Admission is free, with donations accepted.
The warm-up theme this month is Transitions.
The PVFS Song & Story Swap happens the 2ND FRIDAY of every month. For information contact Paul Kaplan, (413)-253-9484 or Jeff Lee, (413)-256-0433 or visit http://www.filbert.com/pvfs.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen will perform in Amherst on Oct. 19
Coming to the Black Sheep on Friday, October 19 will be the popular folk duo of Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen. Steve Gillette is considered to be one of folk music's premier songwriters, his compositions having been recorded by dozens of major artists, including Garth Brooks, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, and Tammy Wynette. Steve's harmonies and stellar guitar playing highlight the crystalline soprano voice of Cindy Mangsen. Their performances resonate with warmth and intelligence, prompting England's Folk Roots Magazine to comment, "still just about the classiest duo around."
The show takes place at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass. and begins at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $8. For info call, (413)-256-0433.
Visit Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen's web site at http://www.sover.net/~gillette/.
Northampton Music Festival, October 11-14
Featuring dozens of local performers and a number of workshops on various aspects of the music business, the Northampton Music Festival now enters its 4th year. It runs October 11-14, with events staged at several different Northampton venues.
See http://www.duckmusic.com/nmf/ for details.
Lou Wigdor, reviewer at large
We are pleased to announce the addition of a new section to the PVFS web site which will contain the collected music articles and reviews of Lou Wigdor. A professional journalist and longtime music collector, Lou's musical analyses dig deep and can be counted on to turn up interesting and sophisticated insights.
Lou's first piece is not folk-related -- he reviews a September concert by the Dave Holland Quintet, a jazz ensemble, at the Iron Horse -- but he plans future coverage of folk and world music events. You'll find it at http://www.filbert.com/pvfs/LousReviews.
If there is a folk event you'd like included in the calendar, please forward information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pioneer Valley Folklore Society, Amherst, Mass.