Music

Sounds Local: Singer-songwriter David Fersh to perform peace and protest songs in Turners Falls

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Two and a half years. That’s how long it took Charlemont resident, David Fersh to complete his recently released recording, “Songs of Peace, Protest, & Spirit.” You can tell by the album’s title that this is a big project that explores big themes. “Songs of Peace, Protest, & Spirit,” is a two disc set that features 50 recordings clocking in at over two hours, which accounts for the projects long … 0

Sounds Local: Zak Trojano releases 2nd solo albumn

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

If you follow the local music scene then you know Zak Trojano. He is the guitarist and drummer for the popular genre-blurring folk band Rusty Belle and has worked as a backing musician for singer-songwriters like Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault. But what you might not know is that Trojano, a Greenfield resident, … 0

Q&A with 10-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — His role is at the finish line of an album — helping it sound as perfect as possible before it’s available to the masses. He’s won 10 Grammys, including three consecutive wins for album of the year from 2013-2015. And he’s collaborated with contemporary leaders like Pharrell and Daft Punk … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: 1950s urban fever hits the big screen

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Now it begins, now we start One hand, one heart, Even death won’t part us now. — Stephen Sondheim There are certain films — and types of films — that cry out to be seen on the big … 0

Sounds Local: Robert LaRoche returns home

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

If you followed the local music scene in the late ’80s and early ’90s, chances are you were a huge fan of the Sighs. This power-pop quartet from Northampton was easily one of the most popular bands to … 0

Lessons and Carols return to Old Deerfield

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

DEERFIELD — December is well-known as the host month for the holiday season — there’s Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Christmas and more — and with it comes carolling and stories. For the members of the First Church of Deerfield, … 1

Sounds Local: Jeffrey Foucault: 'Salt as Wolves'

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

There’s one note / If you can play it / There’s one word / If you can say it / There’s one prayer / If you can pray it / And each one is the same.” This line … 0

Big bands, little choruses and 12 tiny tones

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One interesting thing about jazz, or art in general, but jazz especially is such an individual art form in the sense that improvisation is such a big part of it, so it feels like it should be less soldiers in an army and more like free spirits melding. … 0

Sounds Local: Salloom & Neville at Arts Block

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Once you get done with all the cooking and feasting today you will start thinking about your plans for the weekend, especially if you have family and/or friends visiting that you need to entertain. But no … 0

One woman, one guitar, one passion

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The guitar is a wonderful instrument which is understood by few. Franz Schubert In the 1960’s, when I first became smitten with the classical guitar, women guitarists were few and far between. Since then, in what may be … 0

A woman’s place is in the band

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

When Kristen Henderson and her sister Cathy formed the alt-country band Antigone Rising back in the mid-nineties, the fact that they were an all-female band made them a rarity in the male-dominated music world. But they didn’t let … 0

Boxcar Lilies’ latest: ‘Knockout Rose’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

And here on the ground You can still reach the stars We are all lost and found And we each play a part ... Knockout Rose Knockout Rose -The Boxcar Lilies (Jenny Goodspeed) It was a love of … 0

The sound of many strings

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice. -Andres Segovia A flock of guitars descends upon the UMass Fine Arts Center With all the incredible music on offer … 0