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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings -- September 2019
Storyteller Davis Bates will join September 7 Song & Story Swap
Remembering Roger Conant
Upcoming local shows
Davis Bates will join September 7 Song & Story Swap
Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley
Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.
Saturday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst,
Davis Bates will be the featured performer at the September 7 Song & Story
Storytelling has been Davis Bates's profession for over thirty-five years,
as he has spellbound audiences in schools, libraries, and community settings
around New York & New England and across the country. His recording Family
Stories won a prestigious Parents Choice Magazine Gold Award, and received a
starred review by the American Library Association's Booklist magazine.
Davis Bates has also worked as an actor, singer and voice artist. He is a
Hampshire College alumnus and credits participation in the Five College Folk
Festival, Mixed Nuts Coop, and theater at Hampshire for starting him on a
performing arts path.
Davis lives in a small hilltown village in western Massachusetts, and when
he isn't performing or collecting and learning songs and stories he spends
his time gardening and working on various pollinator preservation projects.
The Ashfield, Mass. Historical Society offers this estimation: "The
storytelling tradition is in Davis Bates' bones. He radiates compassion and
warmth, connecting with his audience and helping them, through his own
deeply felt and absorbing tales, to remember their own."
Learn more about Davis Bates at https://davisbates.com/
The theme this month is The Sea.
Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap guest for October 5 will
be singer-songwriter Bev Grant, and the opening round theme will be Sports.
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). 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