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Pioneer Valley Folklore Society Happenings -- March 2020
- Musician-songwriter Matt Stamell will join March 7 Song & Story Swap
- Upcoming local shows
Matt Stamell will perform at March 7 Song & Story Swap
Please come share in an evening of music and stories at the Pioneer Valley
Folklore Society Song & Story Swap.
Saturday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst,
The featured performer at the March 7 Song & Story Swap will be folk
musician Matt Stamell.
From the Pioneer Valley to the Hudson Valley, Matt Stamell is renowned as a
maker and restorer ofmusical instruments, through his Stamell Stringed
Instruments shops in Amherst and Poughkeepsie. Perhaps lesser known are his
extraordinary talents as a musician and songwriter.
Matt has played guitar and been writing songs since he was 14 years old. He
established a folk festival while at Hobart College in the 1970s and was an
active performer on the folk scene for many years.
Matt Stamell recently released a CD of mostly original material that spans
his lifetime, entitled Hello Old Friend. He recorded it in Los Angeles with
his old friend Craig Eastman, a superb mandolinist and fiddling genius with
roots in Northampton and Hampshire College. Craig has worked in Los Angeles
for many years, contributing to the scores of films such as Pirates of the
Carribean, Black Hawk Down, The Alamo, and Rango. Craig enlisted several LA
musicians to play on Hello Old Friend, including David P. Jackson, Blair
Sinta and Matt Cartsonis.
Catch Matt Stamell performing his music at the March 7 Song and Story Swap.
Learn more at https://www.stamellstring.com/
This month's opening round theme is "crime and punishment."
Looking ahead to next month, the Song & Story Swap guest for April 4 will be
folksinger-songwriter Pat Lamanna and the opening round theme will be
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