Fiddlers Katherine First and Cynthia Thomas will join December 7 Song & Story Swap

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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings -- December 2019

- Katherine First and Cynthia Thomas will join December 7 Song & Story Swap
- Upcoming local shows

Katherine First and Cynthia Thomas will join December 7 Song & Story Swap

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

Saturday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst,

Fiddlers extraordinaire Katherine First and Cynthia Thomas will be the
featured performers at the December 7 Song & Story Swap.

Trained as a classical violinist from an early age, Katherine First has
developed into a standout Irish fiddler. She honed her skills by playing
and studying in Ireland, and played in the Celtic Rock band Dicey Riley for
17 years. Adept at a variety of styles, she presently performs with
Americana band Appalachian Still, swing/blues group The Johnny Memphis Band,
and her own Celtic band Katherine First and Kitchen Party.

A Moment in Time, Katherine First and Kitchen Party's most recent recording,
was released before a sold out audience at the Parlor Room in Northampton in
December 2017.

Joining Katherine First and offering a stylistic counterpoint will be
Cynthia Thomas. Cynthia's repertoire is drawn from Québécois, Breton,
French, and Cajun fiddle tunes. She is a member of the band French Press.

Enjoy this talented fiddling pair at the Nacul Center in Amherst on December
7 at 7pm.

Learn more about Katherine First at

The opening round theme this month is Snow.

Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap guest for January 4 will
be storyteller Dan Lynch, and the opening round theme will be The Early

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 or visit

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