Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings

March 2001


  • Blarney Pilgrims to visit March 9 Song & Story Swap
  • Debra Cowan releases The Long Grey Line
  • PVFS Happenings back issues
  • Calendar

Blarney Pilgrims to visit March 9 Song & Story Swap

Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the March Pioneer Valley Folklore Society SONG & STORY SWAP.

Friday, March 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Black Sheep Café, 79 Main St., Amherst, Mass.

Our guest performance this month will be provided by the Blarney Pilgrims, an Irish music duo consisting of Van Kaynor on fiddle and Paul Kaplan on guitar.  

Van Kaynor has anchored several popular contradance bands, notably The Greenfield Dance Band and FourGone Conclusions, where he played alongside his cousins Cammy and David.  

Paul Kaplan is a veteran singer-songwriter and the regular host of the Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Song and Story Swaps. He has co-authored A Bonnie Bunch of Roses -- Traditional Songs of England, Ireland and Scotland, and was recently honored with having his song "Vietnam" selected for inclusion in the Grammy-nominated anthology, The Best of Broadside: 1962-1988.

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 for the month is Reptiles and Amphibians.

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

Debra Cowan releases The Long Grey Line

Fans of Celtic music will be interested in checking out Debra Cowan's new release, The Long Grey Line.  Debra, who recently moved eastward from Springfield to the Worcester area, has collected and arranged several traditional Irish songs for the album, as well as songs from Finland, Scotland and California.  In addition to recording, Debra has been maintaining a busy performance schedule with upcoming gigs at the New England Folk Festival, Club Passim and the Music By the Bay House Concert Series, where she will open for Cindy Kallet.

Visit her web site at for more information.

PVFS Happenings Back Issues

Find this issue of PVFS Happenings and previous monthly issues back to October 2000 on the web at



PVFS and Friends Upcoming Event Calendar

  • Mar. 9 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guests The Blarney Pilgrims.  Black Sheep Cafe. Amherst, MA.  7:30pm.  413-253-9484.
  • Mar. 10 - Gordon Bok and Carol Rohl.  U'n'I Coffeehouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield, MA. 8:00pm.  413-562-3990
  • Mar. 10 - Gan Ainm.  Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton, MA. 10:30pm.  413-584-9903
  • Mar. 11 - Walter Strauss, Rich DePaulo, Katie Daley.  2nd Sunday Coffeehouse.  Art Bank, 22 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls, MA.  6:00pm.  413-625-2580.
  • Mar. 11 - Mark Erelli.  Iron Horse, 20 Center St., Northampton, MA. 7:00pm.  413-584-0610.
  • Mar. 24 - Erica Wheeler.  Montague Bookmill, Montague, MA.  8:00pm.  413-367-9206.
  • Mar. 30 - Kate O'Connor Group.  Montague Bookmill, Montague, MA.  8:00pm.  413-367-9206.
  • Mar. 31 - Ben Demerath.  Montague Bookmill, Montague, MA.  7:00pm and 9:00pm.  413-367-9206.
  • Mar. 31 - Cindy Mapes and Sue Kranz, Stone Soup Coffeehouse.  at Bob Blue's, 170 E. Hadley Rd., Amherst, MA.  7:30pm. 413-256-8784.
  • Apr. 10 - Dana Robinson.  Fire & Water Cafe, 5 Old South St., Northampton, MA.   6:00pm.  413-586-8336.  
  • Apr. 13 - PVFS Song & Story Swap with guest Tom Juravich.  Black Sheep Cafe. Amherst, MA.  7:30pm.  413-253-9484.

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March 3, 2000